DYM Podcast: Episode 276

By Josh Griffin

We're so thankful for another great show this week - can you believe we've done 276 of these things? Amazing!

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4 Things Our Ministries Can Learn From Crossfit

By Justin Knowles

I have been doing Crossfit for a month now. I love it. I have never been more sore in my life, never have done this much weight lifting and this much cardio ever in my existence but I cant get enough of it. There is just something about it that draws you in to want to go and almost throw up every single time. I started to think why I have been enjoying it and then I started to connect how student ministry can be tied into it. There are a few things I think us youth workers can learn from the Crossfit community and it will help us do what we do better.

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Guest Post: 10 Good, Clean Messy Games

By Justin Knowles

Student ministry is messy. It's messy because we get down deep into the lives of students lives and it's messy because we as youth pastors love to get messy with games. Here are 10 good, clean messy games you can do with your group:

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Student Leadership Basics: Announcing Your Team

By Jen Bradbury

In junior high, I was a member of my school's volleyball team.

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5 Keys To Recruiting The Right People

By Christopher Wesley

You can never have enough ministers. Whether programs are growing or simply changing you need men and women helping you pour into the next generation.

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Topics: volunteer recruitment

5 Indicators Your Volunteers Are "All In"

By Justin Knowles

Don’t you just love your volunteers? Honestly though. We would not be able to do what we do without them. They are the backbone of any ministry. Every ministry at some point wonders if their volunteers “get it” and if they are excited about what they are doing. As I was thinking about this this week I can say most of volunteers are bought in to what we are doing. That is an exciting place to be.

Here are some signs that your volunteers are bought in to your ministry:

A majority of them show up to meetings – Let’s be honest, no really LOVES meetings. But when you call a volunteer meeting and most of them show up to be a part of it, it’s a really good indicator they love what they are doing. We just had one this last weekend where we had training, prayer and some fun and 90% of our leaders made it and they had a blast.

They hang out with students outside your normal meeting times – I’m pretty sure there are few pastors out there who tell their people they don’t want them to hang out with students outside the normal service times. I feel like this is a call of all youth pastors to volunteers. A good sign your volunteers are bought in is when they actually do this and you see they are engaging with and pouring into students outside of service.

They recruit others to be a part of it – When people are excited about something they want others to come join and be a part of it too. When your leaders are excited about your ministry they will help recruit friends, family and strangers who seem interested in youth ministry and get them to be a part of it.

They post about it on social media – This one goes with the previous one, but when people are excited about something they post it on whatever social media they have. No one really posts the bummer parts of life but they do post what they are excited about and like. A good sign your volunteers are bought into your ministry is when they share with all their people who follow them on social media about what is happening in your ministry.

They tell you they are – This one is simple but it is the best one. What a great chance for you as the pastor to encourage them and let them know how great they are doing and you want them to keep doing what they are doing.

Now I’m sure there are many other signs that volunteers are bought in but these were a few I have seen in the last few months and it is so fun to see when your volunteer are loving what they are doing.




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How to teach teens empathy

By Jen Bradbury

It's easy, I think, for teens to pity people, to feel sorry for someone else. It's much harder for teens to cultivate and develop empathy, the ability to feel and understand another person's experience. This is true, I'm afraid, even for church kids.

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YS IDEA LAB: Walt Mueller on Youth Culture

By Josh Griffin

Nothing better than listening to Walt Mueller talking about how youth culture shapes teenagers and what we can do about it. Such great free training for us!

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How To Run Out Your Volunteers

By Justin Knowles

We all know we cant do what we do without volunteers. They run the show. They are the boots on the ground. They help us make disciples of students. It is our jobs to lead our leaders well. We obviously want to keep them around, but if you don’t, let me tell you how you can run volunteers out of your ministry.

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Fall Kick Off Recap

By Justin Knowles

Last week was our fall kick off. It was so fun. We called it "One Night One Life" and we challenged our students to bring their One Life. A One Life is someone in your life that you are investing in who does not know Jesus. This night was a night where students went into their school and invited their friends to come hear the Gospel and boy did they. Students kept coming in, the energy was super high and students got saved. It was an incredible night with a some great music and message, Drinko from Jimmy Fallon, a neon dance party and a 50 foot long ice cream sundae. Gross, but so good. Here is a recap video from the night:

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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.

Blog Authors


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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