Hey everyone!

As a DYM Member, I wanted to give you a quick heads’ up about a significant change in my life.

I’ve been on a pretty wild wrestling match with Jesus about returning to youth ministry in the local church. I’ll share more later, but this last weekend I officially became the Pastor of Youth Ministry at Mariners Church. I’m very excited about it!

Primarily, I want you to know that I am still fully devoted to helping you win in your youth ministry. My role at DYM is NOT going to change… actually, I’m hoping that diving back into the trenches will help me learn even more about how DYM can help you in today’s current youth ministry landscape.

I have Josh’s and the DYM teams’ full-support and encouragement (actually, they may actually be more excited than I am… as I’m kinda nervous to be honest). As always, I’ll be sharing what I’m learning on the DYM podcast and while we’re not quite sure what it will all look like yet, I plan to become more active in the DYM youth worker community to share ideas and ask you what I’m sure will be a ton of questions.

If you want to hear more about this decision and see for yourself that Josh is more giddy than I am… he’s running around the office like Paul Revere shouting “Doug Fields is back in youth ministry, Doug Fields is back in youth ministry” … we do talk about everything on our most recent podcast that dropped into iTunes today.

As always, thank you for trusting us to help you win in your ministry—and now I need DYM for my ministry more than ever! As with every significant change I take on, my prayer is that God will use this opportunity to help us get better at doing what we do: following Jesus and loving teenagers and families.

Blessings… and, pray for me (HELP!),
Doug Fields

PS: If you could help me understand TikTok and give me a primer on VSCO girls, it’d be a huge help to me!