Pokemon Parody Serving Video

By Josh Griffin

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, servanthood, student leadership, pokemon, serving, getting students to serve, student leaders

Secrets 1-Off Bumper Video

By Josh Griffin

Secrets from HSM on Vimeo.

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, videos, secrets series, bumper videos, saddleback churchs, secrets, high school ministry, confession

FREE - May the 4th Be with You Star Wars Game/Scorecard

By Josh Griffin

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, star wars game, may the 4th be with you, may the force be with you, youth group game, star wars, jerry varner

HSM Testimony Video: Sheridan Constant

By Josh Griffin

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, videos, worship together weekend, sheridan constant, worship together

Youth Pastor Kevin

By Josh Griffin

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, funny youth pastor, jeff feazell, videos, youth pastor documentary, youth pastor kevin

POLL: Single in Youth Ministry

By Josh Griffin

I was talking to a very frustrated single youth worker a couple weeks ago - he was rejected from several positions in youth ministry simply because he was single. I can understand why churches maybe choose this route, but it got me wondering just how open churches are to hiring a youth pastor who is single. So vote in today's poll and let's get a picture of the youth ministry landscape out there for single lead youth workers!

Would your church hire a single youth pastor to lead the youth ministry? Vote now!


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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, marital status, liability, polls, marriage and ministry, hiring, firing, married youth workers, single, single in youth ministry

I'm Obsessed With Being Right

By Justin Knowles

John 1:17 "For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ."

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, JOHN, grace, student ministry, youth ministry, truth, Jesus

Embracing the uncomfortable

By Rachel Blom

One thing that really strikes me in American culture is the emphasis on comfort.

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, discipleship, comfort

GUEST POST: Put the Baggage Down!

By Josh Griffin

Sometimes a youth pastor, or any pastor for that matter, comes to a new church with excitement on the outside, but on the inside we're carrying some baggage and nursing all kinds of scars. This baggage and scars may come from the way we were treated as we left our previous church, maybe even some guilt for leaving those who's lives they spoke into. Whatever the case, the baggage is heavy and the scars are fresh. And that's exactly where my family and I found ourselves as we came to our new church 365 days ago!

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, baggage, youth culture, guest posts, know your students, nate eckert, new church, transitions

GUEST POST: How to Handle Criticism from a Student

By Josh Griffin

Have you ever been told you are not liked, and it came from one of your students? For a while now, I have been getting a negative vibe coming from one of the kids I minister to and that negative energy has been directed at me. It wasn’t until last night at church she decided to tell me straight up, with a dirty look, that she doesn’t like me…in front of everyone! I thought my mind was prepared for a situation like this, but it turns out it wasn’t because I wasn’t sure how to respond. Yes, with love and grace. But I was hurting; this is a child I give my heart to after all.

Needless to say, I do not think I handled the negativity in the best possible way. Sometimes it is a lot easier to let criticism just roll off you and other times, not so much. This was one of those not so much times. I sort of shut down and became silent towards her; even when she faced towards me, put one hand on each shoulder and just looked me in the eyes. We both just looked at each other, not saying a word.

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, criticism, ashley fordinal, guest posts, handling criticism

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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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