In this episode, I interview Josh Griffin, who served as the High School Pastor at Saddleback Church before transitioning to work full time with Download Youth Ministry. We talk about tips for teaching students, DYM, and something new they're doing at DYM to help youth workers.

Josh Griffin

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Links Mentioned in This Episode

Purpose Driven Youth Ministry (book) – Check out Doug Fields' nine principles on how to grow your youth ministry

Speaking to Teenagers (book) – Doug Fields and Duffy Robbins offer practical advice on how to effectively communicate with teenagers

Made to Stick (book) – Learn how to craft messages that people will retain

Blink (book) – Understand how your brain works as you teach and interact with others

Dugout App – This app helps form prayer groups as students are “drafted” and have “coaches” that invest in and pray for them

Annual Teaching Plan for Students

  1. Relationships
  2. Parents
  3. Sex
  4. Cover an entire book of the Bible

Tips for Teaching by Topic

  1. Take breaks from series
  2. Never do a series that is longer than 4-5 weeks
  3. Know your basic teaching plan for the year so that you can collect ideas
  4. Invite students and volunteers into the conversation

Creating an Engaging Teaching Experience

  1. Know your audience and plan your message length accordingly
  2. If you can't say it in thirty minutes, you didn't plan well
  3. Every seven minutes, create a moment of pause, laughter, or relief
  4. Use students and volunteers as other voices
  5. Involve the different senses

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