New Resource from Katie Edwards: IMPACT

By Josh Griffin

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, student leadership, recommended youth ministry resources, junior high resources, katie edwards, youth ministry resources, impact, COMMUNITY

GUEST POST: Finding Out About Student Events

By Josh Griffin

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, teenage extra curricular activities, guest posts, taylor bird, students events

GUEST POST: Slammed with Rage: Will you React or Respond?

By Josh Griffin

Let’s say you are going about your day, happy and perfectly content. A small obstacle arises, no big deal. But the woman you are faced to deal with in the obstacle, she is raging mad! She blows it out of proportion, blaming you for the cause. What do you do? Do you let the woman bring out the worst in you, and react with rage? Or do you calmly respond and continue on your path towards a solution?

In the natural, we want to react. You know, God worked in me early on concerning reacting to another’s choice of tone. As I mentioned before, I grew up in a dysfunctional family. Lots of anger in the family, mainly between my dad and myself. He would get angry and I would react just the same. I was 22 when God began to show me how to respond rather than react. But it took me having an awareness that when other people get angry, it’s reveals the condition of their mental state. A state that I did not want to be in. With that, I quit hopping in the passenger seat, so they couldn’t drive me there any longer!

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, love, ashley fordinal, guest posts, rage, loving people, proverbs 10

GUEST POST: Who Stole my Staff?

By Josh Griffin

Anybody remember the retro business book “Who Moved My Cheese”? Well, after almost a decade of ministry at the same church, I’ve found myself asking a similar question at times. Who stole my staff?

It’s almost embarrassing and selfish to admit. And, I’m sure many of you have either thought or even asked it yourselves. Maybe your question is “who stole my” - musician, intern, worship guy (or girl) or best of all “who stole my volunteers”? In a growing ministry, there’s no escaping this dynamic. Although the intentions are good, it seems like everyone eventually moves on to bigger and better things. Here are a few thoughts that help me when I look up all-of-the-sudden and wonder where everybody went:

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, Volunteer Ministry, joe mcarthur, bay area fellowship, let it go, volunteers, replacing a key volunteer, guest posts, investments in gods kingdom, holding on to volunteers, empty chair, letting go, who moved my cheese

YS IDEA LAB: Chap Clark on the 3 Stages of Adolescent Development

By Josh Griffin

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, Chap Clark, adolescent development, Youth Specialties, Neely McQueen, videos, ys idea lab

Seattle Seahawks Story of Faith: Superbowl Halftime Video

By Josh Griffin

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, seattle seahawks, superbowl, halftime show, halftime alternative, became a Christian, USC, rocky seto

Annual Membership Blitz Ends Today!

By Josh Griffin

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, matt mcgill, student leadership, youth ministry memberhsip, recommended youth ministry resources, volunteers, LeaderTreks, volunteer training, Doug Fields, youth ministry resources, parent ministry, video training, Josh Griffin

When Not Changing Works

By Justin Knowles

Things are constantly changing. It's crazy isn't it? It feels like things are changing at a faster rate than ever before. There is a new iPhone every 6 months. There is a new hot TV show every season. The culture as a whole is making a huge change and it's all happening pretty fast. When we look at the lives of our students they are changing as well. Their lives are dramatically changing. In high school hen we get them as freshmen they are completely different when they leave as a senior.

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, consistent, being constant, Small Groups, life groups, consistency, faithful, student ministry, high school ministry

Let it go (if you can)

By Rachel Blom

Last week, we took our 6-year old son for the first time ever to the movies to see Frozen. He hated it unfortunately, a combination of a bit too much princess stuff and the frightening experience of a scary snow monster on a big screen.

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, youth culture, songs

News Parents Need

By Leneita Fix

"Partnering with Parents," seem to be the buzz words around the youth ministry water cooler. Earlier this week we saw an amazing video interview with Jim Burns on this topic. (You can watch that here.) We are constantly talking about the importance of what it means to come along side a parent and support them in their journey with their children.

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, Communication, equipping parents, supporting parents, parent ministry, communicating to parents, spiritual health, ministering to parents, connecting with parents, partnering with parents, newsletters

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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.

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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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