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POLL: Turnover in Youth Ministry Volunteers

By Josh Griffin

 We're in full-on recruiting mode here in our high school ministry - finding new volunteers to join our team. I was talking about turnover with some of our team, how thankful I am for veteran voluteers. How about your ministry? Vote in today's poll about volunteer turnover!

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7 Tips on How to Decorate Your Youth Room

By Josh Griffin

Your environment is incredibly important. The look and feel of your space plays a much larger role then most realize. The colors, lighting, decorations, furniture, cleanliness, and much more, indirectly communicates so much to your students. If a first time student walks in, looks around, and thinks your place is lame; you are already fighting an upward battle.

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5 Things You Can Do To Change The Culture Of Your Group

By Justin Knowles

I have been in my current position now for a year. We are about to enter into our second fall kick off and I was talking with our worship leader about things are way different this time around. He said, “It’s like we have a whole new group of people and values.” It’s true. The atmosphere is way different now, intentionally so, and it’s been something we have been working towards all year long. All year long we have been striving to change the culture of our Wednesday nights to one of actively seeking Jesus, leaders who are bought in, and one of fun, and all of the things we have done are starting to pay off. 

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Announcing ... Trump or Animal 2!

By Josh Griffin

This may be our favorite youth group game - you can check out the original right here and today the sequel is live in the DYM Store, too!

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Download Youth Ministry Webshow: Episode 274

By Josh Griffin

Just enough youth ministry so you don't feel guilty for watching. Thanks so all of our amazing sponsors [Orange, APU, YM360 & LeaderTreks) and this episode - a special shout out to The Life Book (@lifebook or http://www.thelifebook.com) as well:

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One Year In Leadership Reflections

By Justin Knowles

It is amazing to me that is has been a year since I left the Saddleback HSM team (Josh still cries about it) and took the Lead Next-Gen Pastor roll here at CCV. It has been an incredible journey so far and I can say I honestly love it. I feel like I have grown so much in the past year in ways that couldn't have come from any other position. I can also say, it's been one of the hardest things I have ever done. Leading a team, responsible for two decent size ministries, inheriting a whole group of people under my leadership and trying to move forward in our vision. All while trying to be a better husband and be a better follower of Jesus. It's hard! But rewarding.

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VIDEO: Summer Camp Bus Flight Attendant

By Josh Griffin

This is the BEST idea we've had in a long time! I love it ... a flight attendant video to be shown just as the bus leaves for camp. It is fun, but reminds students of the camp rules and simple safety stuff. I love this idea! It turned out so great! 

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GUEST POST: Do This Immediately After Summer Camp

By Josh Griffin

What to do immediately after returning from Summer Camp.

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GUEST POST: Every Student Has Value

By Josh Griffin

Most students question their worth. 

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Josh Griffin

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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.

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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

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.

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Colton Harker

Colton Harker serves college-age students at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA. He loves Jesus, people, life change, and Netflix.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Laneita 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).

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