Shake Things Up

By Justin Knowles

We all have a routine. We also all have a routine in our services and small groups, and this is okay. I think there is a healthiness in routine in our groups. Our teenager's worlds are constantly changing. Their bodies are changing, they are changing in mental development, and the world around them is changing. So having a consistant routine in our groups is a great thing because they can count on it. I think it is healthy.

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, student ministry, youth ministry, shake things up, small gorups, youth group, routine

POLL: Volunteer Training Meetings

By Josh Griffin

Poll question of the week - how often do you have volunteer training meetings? We've been thrilled hearing reports (and seeing Instagrams) of youth workers using DYM's video training for volunteers, and it made us wonder how often you're getting together. Vote now!


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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, polls, volunteers, videos, doug fields video training, volunteer training, Doug Fields, josh griffin video training, train your volutneers, video training

How To Lead Up

By Christopher Wesley


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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, lead up, leadership, honoring, respect, support

Film review: Girl Rising

By Rachel Blom

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, movie recommendations, justice, movie reviews

Teenagers, Distractions and Prayer

By Josh Griffin

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, team training, Youth Specialties, prayer, teaching teens to pray, videos, PRAY, YS, distractions

Cynicism Doesn't Look Like Jesus

By Justin Knowles

Maybe it's just me, but I'm pretty sure we have all had some cynics of the ministries we run. They are not the elders, deacons, or even the parents but they are the ones in whom we are serving. They are the students who have been around and think they know all of the "ins" and "outs" of ministries. They say things like, "I feel like I'm not getting fed here." Or "I do not bring my friends because it's not as deep as it should be with all the games." Or "I just rather listen to Judah Smith because I actually feel something." My first response is always, "Well what makes you think church is about you?"

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, relevant magazine, cynics, cynicism, does not look like Jesus, groups

Are you Affected by a Gender Bias?

By Rachel Blom

Whether we realize it or not, most of us have a gender bias. I'm not talking about a theological view point on whether or not women should lead or speak or something like that, but about very practical issues which we think are limited to one gender. Let me give you three examples from youth ministry.

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, leadership, porn, accountability

The Fault In Our Stars

By Neely McQueen

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, youthmin, culture, communication skills, student ministry, john green, youth ministry, fault in our stars

Youth Ministry Fun for March Madness

By Josh Griffin


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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, fun and games, youth ministry fun, march madness, youth ministry games, ncaa, final four, youth group games, fun games, ncaa tournament

GUEST POST: God's Stamp of Approval

By Josh Griffin

A few weeks ago while I was at a gathering of several hundred people, I could sense many insecurities in the room. The insecurities of these well-established, respectable men and women came to the light in the large crowd and it made me think of how broken and torn the world is. We look to the world for approval when we should be looking to God for His.

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, ashley fordinal, guest posts, broken, seeking approval, God's approval, torn

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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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