5 Thoughts On Leading Students On A Mission Trip

By Justin Knowles

This past weekend our student ministries went on our local missions trip in some nearby cities. We had a ton of jr. high and high school students give up their Memorial Day weekend (even some students give up going to their prom to serve), pretty incredible. It was such a great weekend. 3 days of different serve projects, night-time sessions and growing together. It is one of my favorite trips we do all year-long. When I got home I was thinking about trip and had some thoughts on leading a mission trip with students.

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, mission trip, hsm, Missions, saddleback hsm, leading, student ministry, serving, fun, questions, high school ministry

POLL: Cost of Summer Camp

By Josh Griffin

We spent a ton of time talking about the price of summer camp this year, and thought it might be interesting to take a poll and see what the price of camp is out there. There are a lot of variables to camp, but the price point is a big one!


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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, cost of summer camp, Summer Camp, price of summer camp, hsm summer camp, summer camp costs

Youth Workers … Think Like a Parent

By Josh Griffin

The older my kids get, the better youth pastor I become.

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, cost of events, parents, think like a parent, youth ministry calendars, helping parents with teenagers, parent ministry, raising teenagers, parent friendly youth ministry

GUEST POST: Where do you Get Your Strength?

By Josh Griffin

In the last decade there have been many times I have quit Youth Ministry. There are moments in life I have started my day thinking, “I just want to go find a 9 to 5.” Or maybe I could find a job where there is such a thing as “being off the clock.”

There are nights that I get home around midnight thinking I have to get up and do this all over again. Or before I teach all I can think about is “I cannot wait until tonight is over because I am so exhausted from the last 3 nights of already being out late at night”.

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, strength, i quit, positive, isaiah 40, quitting youth ministry, positive attitude, youth ministry sprint, youth ministry marathon

GUEST POST: Pressure Has Lost its Sting

By Josh Griffin

In the Spring, my son plays soccer on a coed team, and as I sit back every Saturday morning and watch them play, I often hear other parents talking about the pressure coming from our coach onto his daughter to make the right move at just the right time. I hear lots of “poor girl”, and “a little girl can only take so much.” These parents are looking at this situation one-sided, with a narrow perspective. You know, I believe if we say…if we speak it out that she will eventually break and just give up, she will begin to see breaking as the only option and will eventually quit.

But if we begin to say that from all this pressure will come a beautiful well-developed soccer player, then do you know what she will begin to see? She will know that even after all of the pain, sweat, and tears that beauty will follow. She will flourish and thrive as a soccer player! So even as we sit on the sidelines cheering our little ones on, we should watch what we speak. Even when we don’t think the coach or his daughter can hear, other ears do and those words echo in the minds and out of the mouths of others.

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, youth ministry pressure, ashley fordinal, guest posts, pressure

YS IDEA LAB: Walt Mueller on Teens and Technology

By Josh Griffin

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, Youth Specialties, YS, Seth Bartlette, ys idea lab, Walt Mueller, teens and technology

Are You A "See-Through" Leader?

By Justin Knowles

The other day I was feeling pretty down about me being a leader. Does that ever happen to you at all? There are just days in which you sort of question how you do ministry at all? Just me? Sweet. Well it was one of those days where I was in that mood. I was sitting at Starbucks doing whatever I was doing and some of our students walked in. We got to talking and they just would not stop going on about their leader. Their leader is a 45-year-old man with glasses and a beard, but they wouldn't shut up about how awesome their group time has been and how great he was.

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, Small Groups, leading, transparent, youth ministry, see through

Know Your Youth Ministry Nights Out

By Josh Griffin

I was talking to a youth worker about how many nights out she was on a typical week. “I don’t know,” she said, “maybe 4 or 5?”

Now, 4 or 5 is a lot of nights out in a normal week. A lot. But, I’m also in the thick of the youth ministry trenches myself and realize this happens – once in a while. But the part of the answer that concerned me the most was that she didn’t know how many nights she was typically out.

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, working evenings, how many nights out, work schedule, boundaries, know your nights out, time management, ministry doesn't stop, ministry schedule, nights out

Sample - How To Post

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Your “how to” blog post should teach the reader how to do something by breaking it down into a series of steps.

Begin your blog post by explaining what problem you are going to solve through your explanation and be sure to include any relevant keywords. Add in a personal story to establish your credibility on this topic. And make sure to end your blog post with a summary of what your reader will gain by following your lead.

Need some inspiration? Check out these "How-To" examples from the HubSpot blog:

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts

HSM Challenge: Think Different Week 2

By Josh Griffin

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, saddleback church, think different, Justin Knowles, sermon series idea, high school ministry, hsm challeange

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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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