3 Things To Build Trust With Your People

By Justin Knowles

In order to move forward in firing on all cylinders in your ministry, with your team and with your volunteers you need to have trust. Trust is the rope that keeps everything together while you are moving. Your people need to trust you and you need to have trust for your people. Without it, it’s going to be a hard thing to move forward in.
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Great youth workers

By Jen Bradbury

I recently spoke about The Jesus Gap. Afterward, a youth worker approached me and said, “If you're as into discipleship as you think we ought to be, you're probably not a very good youth worker.”

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Why People Will Show Up To Your Next Event

By Christopher Wesley

We all have that fear...No one is going to show up!  It's a fear that plagues us anytime we're planning a meeting for parents, training for our volunteers or even an event for our teenagers.  The problem is that ministry is messy.  You are dealing with so many people who have a variety of schedules.

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Either/Or VS. Both/And Thinking

By Justin Knowles

We have to choose a lot of things when you are leading a ministry. There are a lot of decisions in which need a solid answer. It needs to be one way or the other. I get it. But I think sometimes as youth workers we get into this mindset for everything we do. 
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College Ministry Chats

By Colton Harker

College Ministry has recently went from a niche ministry to a must have at churches all around the nation. One of the big problems is that it is getting tacked on to jobs that are already really busy (many of yours included). 

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Download Youth Ministry Podcast: Episode 301

By Josh Griffin


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GUEST POST: How to Honor Your Grads

By Josh Griffin

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When You Inherit Volunteers

By Justin Knowles

When I was in college, I was young and dumb. Anyone relate? I thought I knew everything that had to do with the Bible and ministry. Am I preaching to the choir yet?

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How to respond to difficult situations

By Jen Bradbury

Recently, a student arrived at our youth ministry's gathering significantly early. So I asked him about his day. Specifically, I asked, What was the worst part of your day? 

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Download Youth Ministry Podcast: Episode 300 - LIVE from #DYM100

By Josh Griffin

EPISODE 300 FROM THE #DYM100 w/special guests Matt McGill, Jana Sarti, Natalie Johnson & more!

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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.

Blog Authors


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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