"Grow" Your Students

By Leneita Fix


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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, youthmin, leadership, youth pastor life, personal skills, personal growth, ENCOURAGEMENT, discouraged, farmers, discouragement, farming, Jesus

We Are Young & Free Documentary

By Colton Harker

By now, most of you guys have heard the incredible album, We are Young and Free, by Hillsong Young & Free. The title of the album totally fits the feeling of the music. It is fun, honest, vulnerable, and full of life! We play a couple of the songs on our weekend services (Wake and Alive).

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, Young and Free, culture, Look and Feel, environment, movement, music, documentary, worship

Pastor's Kids at Youth Group

By Josh Griffin

Faithful DYM blog reader Dave sent along this link to an article called Katy Perry and Why Pastor's Kids Fall Away that really has some powerful insights about pastors raising their kids in the church. Here's a clip from he most practical section on how to treat those students if they're in your youth group, but the whole article is worth the read:

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, pks, raising kids in ministry, Katy Perry, pastors kids, pastor kids

5-Minute Youth Ministry #3 w/Dave Bixby

By Doug Fields

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Adoption is a Beautiful Thing

By Josh Griffin

It was a 2-year journey that concluded in 5 minutes.

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, romans 8, adopted sons, adoption, 1 John 3, adopted by god, john 1

YS IDEA LAB: Bo Boshers on Healthy Leaders

By Josh Griffin

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, healthy leaders, leadership, lead smart, healthy leadership, Bo Boshers, leading well

Write So They Know You Exist

By Jen Bradbury

A few years ago, I conducted a thorough assessment of my youth ministry. As part of this, I surveyed students, interviewed them, and conducted focus groups for parents of former, current, and future students.

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, assessment, Communication, newsletter

4 Things You Must Provide For A Successful Retreat

By Justin Knowles

We got back from our Winter Retreat on Monday. Man, did God move in a huge way. It was such a great time for students and leaders to spend 3 days in the beautiful mountains just below Big Bear to dive into what God wanted students to encounter. Winter Camp provides many things for both leaders and students to grow closer to each other and to God. Here is a list of things that need to be provided to get the ideal experience I wanted for our Winter Retreat:

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, God, content, leadership, camps, TIME, music, student ministry, provide these things, youth ministry, winter retreat

3 Wins of a Winter Retreat

By Josh Griffin

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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, winter camp, saddleback hsm, high school ministry, winter retreat

POLL: Do you do a Winter Retreat?

By Josh Griffin

We got back just yesterday from our Winter Retreat and made me think of a quick and easy poll question for this week! Do you go on a winter retreat with your students?


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Topics: Youth Ministry Posts, winter camp, retreats, polls, events, winter retreat

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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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