Doug Fields Invitation to Be a Part of Student Leadership Conference 2014

By Doug Fields

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, SLC, Student Leadership Conference, Jana Sarti, Doug Fields, student leaders

Do You Talk Too Much?

By Justin Knowles

Small groups are all about discussion. that is one of the many benefits and draws it has for teenagers to even consider joining one. Fellowship is a huge part of it as well yes, but having it be a place where students can actually have a discussion about faith, what the Bible says and what they believe is huge. From talking with leaders from all over, one of the biggest set backs are leaders who dominate the group. If small groups are the place of discussion, they definitely are not the place for the leader to give a 30 minute sermon, pray and then dismiss.

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, teaching, Small Groups, life groups, discussion, questions, youth ministry, do you talk too much

First 2 Years: The Church is for "Bad" Guys Too

By Colton Harker

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, Bad Guys, relational ministry, The Church, First 2 Years

Rebooting Student Leadership

By Neely McQueen

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, youthmin, leadership, student leadership, SLC, Student Leadership Conference, Ministry, youth ministry

3 Action Steps To Improve Your Ministry

By Christopher Wesley


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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, adjust, action steps, improve, analyze, tools

POLL: How often do you do youth group events?

By Josh Griffin

I get this question all of the time from new youth workers - how often should I do youth group events? There are all sorts of different answers to this question depending on the size of your group, your goals, your church culture and more. So before we jump into that - let's get a starting point: How often does your ministry have youth group events?


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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, polls, planning events, youth group events

My Spiritual Fitness Pal

By Rachel Blom

I recently started using the MyFitnessPall app. It's brilliant. You log everything you eat and the exercise you do, and it shows you how you're doing calorie wise. It evens gives you a breakdown of essential elements like certain vitamins, or sodium and registers if you're getting enough, or too much of these.

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, love, spiritual health

3 Learnings from You Own the Weekend

By Josh Griffin

We just finished another incredible year of our weekend teaching series called You Own the Weekend. Students from various high schools planned and executed our weekend service. The heartbeat is two-fold: 1) get students involved in the weekend service and serving in a ministry, and 2) make sure an invitation of some sort hits every student from that school that week. It has been one of the highlights of our student ministry for several years running - thought I would share some takeaways coming off the series:

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, you own the weekend, evangelism, student leadership, student involvement, friendship evangelism, bring your friends, inviting friends to church, apathetic students, own the weekend

Retreat / Camp Youth Group Rules Video

By Josh Griffin

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, rules video, videos, camp rules, colton harker, funny rules video, retreat rules, travis prouty

GUEST POST: Power of a Thought

By Josh Griffin

No matter how together we have it, there comes a time when we are vulnerable to fall. Sin has its way of creeping in on our lives at points when we are weak. It starts with a thought, and when you entertain that thought, because that’s all it seems like, is a simple thought… becomes reality. All of a sudden, you find yourself doing exactly what you were thinking of doing but didn’t think you would actually do. That simple thought has the power to bring pain, grief, and consequences you were not prepared for.

This is why God says to renew our minds with the Word of God.” (Romans 12:12) We become new creations, transformed into His image when we do so! That’s what I want to look like, I want to look like Him. I want others to be able to look at me and see His love shining bright in me and through me. Even through times of struggle, I am going to get back up and stand firm in my faith. We all should. We should stand together, as one, believing what He says is true. He says we are heirs of Christ, made in His image, one with God.

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, romans 12, vulnerable to fall, ashley fordinal, guest posts, stand together, sin

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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


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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