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IDK Series Arc

By Josh Griffin

We're getting pretty excited about a new series we're doing this November in HSM. It is called "IDK" - which stands for I Don't Know if you didn't know! Here's the series arc:

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3 "Non-Church" Books That Impacted My Leadership

By Justin Knowles

One of the best things you can be doing for your ministry is read. Yes, you need to read the Bible, I'm assuming you already have an established quiet time. I know it can be really easy to grab the latest pastor's book (I just finished Brian Houston's "Live, Love, Lead", which I recommend) but some of the books that have really helped me shape how I lead and how I look at my own leadership and leading a team are ones not by people in ministry or work in a church. I think sometimes we get locked in a box in thinking but when you get some insight on leadership outside the church, you can learn a ton and bring them into your team.

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Adult Leader Recruitment Tip: Ask for a Meeting

By Jen Bradbury

You can't do youth ministry alone.

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Life Group LeaderTraining: Typical Night

By Josh Griffin

Here's a fun new video we played for our Life Group leader training - it was a huge hit! Enjoy ...

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Is Slow And Steady Best?

By Leneita Fix


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Topics: leadership

Why I don't hold lock-ins and you shouldn't either

By Jen Bradbury

If you look in Webster's dictionary, I'm pretty sure lock-in is defined as a youth worker's hell.

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3 Things We Can't Forget To Offer As A Leader

By Justin Knowles

I think one of the most difficult things is when it comes to leading a ministry is the fact that people are the ones you are leading. People are broken so they are not going to be perfect and they are going to make some mistakes. Regardless if you don't mind conflict or if you loath it, having a difficult conversation is something that is not ideal but because you are the leader you have to do it. Because you are the leader, you should want the conversation to be positive in the aftermath because we want people to grow and reach their true potential. When it comes to teaching students or volunteers we always want to see growth come out of it. My supervisor is one of the best at this. We adapted this idea from him in our ministry and it such a great way to have difficult but growing conversations.

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How To Deal With Angry and Emotional Parents

By Christopher Wesley

I have a tendency to take things personally.  And as an emotional extrovert it’s difficult for me not to get caught up in other people’s emotions.  This is great if you are part of a pep rally, but a challenge when dealing with emotional or angry parents.

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Don't Leave God Out

By Justin Knowles

As I was sitting in the DMV I was reflecting on a few things. As leaders grow and as you take a moment to look at your ministry and you want to begin to make adjustments its really easy to just go and do it. If you’re anything like me, you are constantly looking at your ministry, leaders, program, small groups, new volunteers, interns and students all at the same time and trying to figure out where to go next. It can be a little daunting right? 6 months ago we made a huge program shift. 4 weeks ago we launched small groups. These are huge things to take on and I’m sure you got something cooking as well.

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Josh Griffin


Josh is the High School Pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA. He’s the co- founder of DYM and is the father of 4 who speaks a little, writes a little, Twitters a bit, and blogs a lot.

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Doug Fields

Doug Fields is a 30+ year youth ministry veteran who is the Author of 50+ books, Founder of Simply Youth Ministry, Speaker, Pastor, Executive Director of the HomeWord Center for Youth & Family at Azusa Pacific University, and a Partner in DYM.


Rachel Blom

Rachel Blom is from The Netherlands originally and has youth ministry experience in several countries, both as a volunteer and on staff.


Justin Knowles

Justin Knowles is the Lead Next Gen. Pastor of Christ's Church of the Valley in San Dimas, CA. He oversees Jr. High, High School and College ministries at the church.


Colton Harker

Colton Harker serves college-age students at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA. He loves Jesus, people, life change, and Netflix.


Christopher Wesley

Blogging serving at a Catholic Church. Chris Wesley has been in youth ministry for over 9 years as the Director of Student Ministry at Church of the Nativity in Maryland.


Jen Bradbury

Jen serves as the director of youth ministry at Faith Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Jen is the author of The Jesus Gap: What Teens Actually Believe about Jesus and her writing has also appeared in YouthWorker Journal, Immerse, and The Christian Century. She also blogs regularly at www.YMJen.com


Neely McQueen

Blogging about girls' ministry. Neely McQueen has been working with students for over 15 years. She works in Student Ministries at Overlake Christian Church in Redmond, WA.


Leneita Fix

Author, Speaker, Director Ministry Development for Asian Youth Ministries. Love 22 years of working with youth and equipping others in the trenches in youth ministry.

Geoff Stewart

Geoff Stewart

Geoff Stewart serves the Jr/Sr High School Pastor at Peace Portal Alliance Church in Surrey B.C. and doesn't appreciate the jokes about being Canadian (unless they are funny of course).


Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee is the founder of The Source for Youth Ministry and the author of over a dozen books like More Than Just the Talk and Connect.


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