Join Us at NYWC this Fall

By Josh Griffin

The National Youth Workers Convention has been training, equipping, and encouraging youth workers for more than 40 years as a part of Youth Specialties. It’s a 4-day opportunity for God to illuminate the hearts and minds of youth workers so they can continue to help teenagers find and follow Jesus. The 4-day event is packed full with more than 40 seminars, 6 Big Room sessions, 2 Family Room sessions, the YS Exhibit Hall solely focused on resources for youth ministry and Late Night sessions where you can enjoy concerts, comedy shows, panel discussions, and much more!

This year, we are so excited to have the entire DYM crew sharing in our pre-event Intensives at NYWC Sacramento and NYWC Atlanta! Intensives are optional 5-hour sessions that give you a unique opportunity to dive deeper into one specific topic. Here are the 2 Intensives that the DYM crew will be participating in this year:

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, matt mcgill, NYWC, sacramento, 1st 2 years in youth ministry, Youth Specialties, youth ministry and marriage, National Youth Workers Convention, katie edwards, Doug Fields, Atlanta, Cathy Fields, starting out right, youth ministry conferences, married in youth ministry

GUEST POST: Get a “Real” Job

By Josh Griffin

For me one of the hardest things in youth ministry is the notion that youth ministry is only a stepping stone to a “real” pastoral job. Many people think that just because you minister to students you’re simply testing the waters or honing your skills so you’re prepared to take on the responsibilities of a “real” pastor when the time is right. Can I just say, a youth pastor IS a real pastor.

Youth Ministry is a messy, unpredictable, chaotic, emotional journey filled with twists and turns and bumps in the road. Youth Pastors journey through life with students that are constantly in a state of physical, emotional, hormonal change and everything in between. Not only do youth pastors journey with these students, but they also journey with parents (a whole different ministry entirely). Sometimes parents are supportive of the ministry and sometimes they are not. Sometimes both parents are still together and sometimes they are not. Sometimes the parents are involved in the student’s life and sometimes they are not. Each and all of these situations bring a new dynamic to ministering to the students and their parents.

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, becoming a real pastor, stepping stone, youth ministry calling, guest posts, youth ministry is a stepping stone, get a real job, nate eckert, youth ministry profession, what do you do all day, calling

3 Times to Plan the Youth Ministry Calendar

By Josh Griffin

I'm leaving in an hour to rough out the fall calendar for our youth ministry. We don't ever plan out a full calendar year for our youth ministry, we do it 3 times a year. And while I have an idea of the tentpole events we do annually we plan in seasons to accommodate for changes, new ideas and increased energy.

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, leadership, calendar planning, seasons of ministry, youth ministry calendar, time management, Josh Griffin

6 Things That Stunt Your Group's Growth

By Justin Knowles

We are at the tail end of our life groups for the school year. Groups are wrapping up and prepping for the summer. Looking back, I saw some groups that just grow like crazy and I saw some groups in which just sort of fizzled out near the end. I was thinking about why this was. Why do some groups seem to grow more than others? When looking a them, here is what I can point out:

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, Small Groups, life groups, GROWTH

HSM Challenge Week 3

By Justin Knowles

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts

How You Made Them Feel.....

By Geoff Stewart


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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, leadership, Small Groups, volunteers, Geoff Stewart, Mya Angelou, legacy, First Two Years

Think Different Series Now on DYM

By Josh Griffin

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, think different

An Open Letter From A Parent Of Teens

By Leneita Fix

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, parents, affirming parents, Dealing with Parents, frustrating parents, communicating to parents, teens, parenting

Quick to Show Grace to Students

By Josh Griffin

It happens in an instant. Your first major incident at summer camp. A collision of egos at midnight during your overnighter.

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, changed life, youth ministry stories, testimony, Summer Camp, quick to show grace, father in law, summer camp stories, pastor story

HSM Creative Slump Video

By Josh Griffin

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, element of fun, videos, funny videos, adam hankerson, colton harker, travis prouty

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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


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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