How To Help Your Team Move From Doers To Leaders

By Christopher Wesley

Volunteers are valuable, but sometimes having a team of doers is not enough.  You need leaders to expand your capacity and take the ministry to a new level.  But, when you look at your team all you see is doers.  It's frustrating and you wonder, "Why won't people do more?"  

Before you start blaming your team for not stepping up, think about what you can do to get the most out of them by answer these 4 questions:

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Topics: leadership

Download Youth Ministry Webshow: Episode 290

By Josh Griffin


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A HUGE Potential Blind Spot Every Leader Should Look Out For

By Justin Knowles

Pride: a high or inordinate opinion of one's own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc. ... a becoming or dignified sense of what is due to oneself or one's position or character; self-respect; self-esteem.

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Fun New Leader Introduction!

By Colton Harker

So for the past year, every time we introduce a new team member, we have done our own version of a talk show. We have had a total blast with it and it allows our students to have fun with and get to know new leaders in our ministry.

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Topics: volunteer, programming

Using movement to engage teens

By Jen Bradbury

Like many congregations, mine uses a traditional educational hour or Sunday school format. This means that our junior high and high school students meet separately for 45-minutes each on Sunday mornings.

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Focus Focus Focus... Squirrel

By Justin Knowles


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PREVIEW: DYM Newsletter Builder 3.0

By Josh Griffin

You are going to be blown away by the BRAND NEW Newsletter Builder App launching on June 1st. As part of your DYM Membership (Bronze, Silver and Gold) you have access to what will quickly become the 1-stop shop for newsletters of any kind. Want to write your parents a quick update? Need to challenge your student leaders? Want to create a promotional piece for an upcoming event? This is the tool!

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Will It Burn Is One Hot Youth Ministry Game

By DYM Team

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7 Ways To Cultivate Spiritual Curiosity

By Jen Bradbury

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Working With The Opposite Gender In Youth Ministry

By DYM Team

The “No Purple” ministry has become a standard rule of thumb in many youth groups. Most of us make sure to remind our volunteers: female students should be mentored by female youth leaders and male students by male leaders.

Neely McQueen, Student Ministries Pastor at Overlake Church in Washington, believes youth groups that adopt this standard are missing out. She believes it can be very healthy for students to have discipleship-based relationships with leaders of the opposite gender.  

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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


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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