Knowing Why You Do What You Do Is So Important

By Justin Knowles

Doing what you do is great. Knowing WHY you do what you do is better. 

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How to respond when teens claim to hate Jesus

By Jen Bradbury

I love Jesus.

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You Want It? You Do It

By Justin Knowles

The culture you want doesn't just happen, it is caught. 

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Download Youth Ministry Podcast: Episode 293

By Josh Griffin

Another episode of the Download Youth MInistry Podcast. Enjoy the show - and please be sure to visit and thank our sponsors Orange, Leadertreks, YM360 & Azusa Pacific University. Just enough youth ministry so you don't feel guilty for listening!

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Summer Kick Off Announcement Video

By Justin Knowles

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NEW game, updates and features for DYM Games!

By Josh Griffin

Presenting the NEWEST version of DYM Games (1.1.0)!

DYM Games is your new creative programming sidekick—allowing you to build and present engaging, reusable and customizable games that are ready in minutes and good for groups of all sizes (from 5 to 5,000!). All easily-operated from your computer. 

There is a BRAND NEW Game!
A full featured scoreboard! Have one to ten teams and keep track of their scores in real time. Play in Grid mode or Leaderboad mode (where team placement is figured out for you)! 

It's by far the best scoring app-based game out there today, so check it out by updating (or downloading) your DYM Games app and logging in today. 

NEW Features: 
Boxes, Wheel of Destiny, Pick Me
Added the ability to hide the last winning item (or person) automatically! Only have 1 snickers bar? Suzie already won? That's okay. When it's won once it disappears from the board!

Pick Me!
Added "odds"... Suzie can have 0% odds to win (like in Boxes). She will see her name, but will never get picked. This is useful for multi-round games, student's that didn't show up this week, or if you want to make sure that the new kid can win on his first week at youth group!

Everything in the app was touched. Lots of bug fixes, minor tweaks/changes as well... all for you and based on your helpful feedback. Keep it coming! 

Don't take my word for it... check it out for yourself today with the free trial or download the newest version here

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Topics: membership, dymgames

Truths About Youth Ministry I Was Reminded Of

By Justin Knowles

I'm not going to lie, the past few months of ministry has been a rough one. I think it has a little to do with pride on my end, a little bit of feeling tired and worn out, and a little bit of the enemy feeding off both of those things. Taking over a ministry and beginning from scratch with a new vision and new leaders can take a toll on anyone. Then all of the sudden, the Lord reminds you of why you do what you do. We have had such a great year of growth (in all aspects of ministry and spiritually) and the Lord reminded me of a few things as I have been reflecting on this last school year and I wanted to share them with you:

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Happy Father's Day from DYM!

By Josh Griffin

Loved this video from Gilette - there's a little product push but a great message. Happy Father's Day!'

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The Megachurch Youth Ministry Down the Street

By Josh Griffin

I got a question about the megachurch ministry from a youth worker who was really struggling with it. I wrote my response a few weeks ago, then thought today it may be helpful for others:
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Truly Partnering With Parents

By Jonathan McKee

I’m sometimes amazed how many youth ministries don’t involve parents.

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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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