Guest Post: Anchor Down

By DYM Team

Transition is tough, and while it’s a given when it comes to leadership, it’s never easy when it comes around. In my life, my greatest transitions have happened as I’ve followed the call of God to serve at another church and as God called my wife and I to adopt. When these transitions happen everything changes. What’s key is understanding that with transition comes a lot of new: new balance, new contexts, and new paradigms.

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YPS Nashville & Orange Conference DYM Member Meet Ups

By Justin Knowles

Are you going to the Youth Pastor's Summit in Nashville? 

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What's True to You?

By Colton Harker

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From Chaos To Structure

By Justin Knowles

I believe small groups are the most effective way to disciple students over the few years we have them in our ministry. Going from Saddleback HSM which has small groups on lock to a place where there is less structure has been interesting and fun. It’s like having a blank slate and I kind of like it. There is no real small group culture in our ministry (yet) but I’m praying this will change. Change takes time and a lot of work. 
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Passion and Workaholism are Closely Related

By Josh Griffin

To be at Kobe's last game ... oh my what an experience!! Getting to see Black Mamba score 60 points in his final outing as a life-long Laker was a night I will never forget. Through the generosity of a good friend, we sat in the 12th row for a moment that will live in basketball infamy. What a night!

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5 Practical Steps That Will Bring Consistency To Your Teen's Attendance

By Christopher Wesley

At the beginning of the year we get excited by the huge turnout.  Everything is new people want to start out fresh and attendance is at a high.  Fast forward to the Spring and maybe you've noticed your numbers are dwindling.  You panic, and wonder, "Am I going to lose my job?"  

First thing you need to do is relax.  Your ministry is going to have seasons where attendance is strong and others when you wonder if you work in a ghost town.  While you'll never have 100% attendance rate you can take a few practical steps to ensure teens will come back.

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Topics: attendance, youth group attendance

Download Youth Ministry Podcast: Episode 289

By Josh Griffin


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4 Questions To Challenge You To Grow As A Leader

By Justin Knowles

As leaders of a ministry we are constantly challenging those we serve and serve with to grow closer and closer in their relationship with Jesus and in their leadership ability. Unless you are intentional about it, it can be really hard to be challenged as a leader to be pushed to grow in your own leadership abilities. I know I need to remember these questions and be intentional about asking them. I always have something on my plate so I need to stop and think through these often. I hope you can too.
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Guest Post - There's No Instruction Manual: Three Things God Told Me to Do When I Started in Ministry

By DYM Team

"I got this."

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Don't Say No For Your Volunteers

By Justin Knowles

You can be bossy. It’s actually easy to do. Telling people what to do is really easy. Do this. Do that. Send this. Edit that. Not saying this is a bad thing at all. Sometimes things need to get done and people need to do things. I think there is a point where our ministries will hit a glass ceiling of growth because our team of volunteers will just feel like they are completing tasks for the ministry. It can be a really easy way for someone to jump in the ministry and get acquainted with it. There comes a point where that volunteer or intern will want something more. They want more just just involvement, they want ownership.
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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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