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Doug Fields

DYM Co-founder

Doug Fields is most well-known for his longevity in youth ministry (30+ years as a youth pastor) and the award-winning book Purpose Driven Youth Ministry—which is a youth ministry textbook translated in over 20 languages and used all over the world. He’s also the author of 60+ books, including Your First 2 Years in Youth Ministry and Speaking To Teenagers. He’s the co-founder of where he currently spends his time creating resources like this for people like you.

Josh Griffin

DYM Co-founder

Josh Griffin is known as one of the leading voices in youth ministry with over 20 years’ experience in the trenches, most recently as the High School Pastor at Saddleback Church. He's the co-founder of where he serves and trains youth workers and hosts a youth ministry podcast with Doug Fields. He's created more than 50 youth ministry resources and authored several books.

Jessica Sanchez

Director, DYM National Day of Volunteer YM Training

Jessica Sanchez has been serving the local church for over 15 years in a variety of roles in children’s, youth, and adult ministry. Her deepest joy is found in empowering, ministering to, and caring for leaders in the church. She's on the Download Youth Ministry team, is a spiritual director, and a trusted voice on the Podcast.

Sean McDowell

Author, Associate Professor Biola University

Dr. Sean McDowell is a gifted communicator with a passion for equipping the church, and in particular young people, to make the case for the Christian faith. Sean is an Associate Professor in the Christian Apologetics program at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. Sean is the author, co-author, or editor of over twenty books including The Fate of the Apostles, So The Next Generation Will Know (with J. Warner Wallace), Evidence that Demands a Verdict (with Josh McDowell), Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God’s Design for Marriage (with John Stonestreet), Is God Just a Human Invention? (with Jonathan Morrow) and Understanding Intelligent Design (with William A. Dembski).

Karim & Mignonette Bailey

Marketplace Missionaries

Karim and Mignonette Bailey have worked together in local and global outreach ministry since they were married 14 years ago. Their passion for kingdom influence reaches into classrooms, youth ministry, arts and entertainment and around their own dinner table with three kids. As an ordained minister and credentialed educator, they are marketplace missionaries who are forever connected to youth ministry.

Heather Flies

Middle School Pastor, Wooddale Church

Heather Flies is the Junior High Pastor at Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, MN. She began her ministry at Wooddale when she joined the staff as the Junior High Associate in 1996. In 1998, she joined the pastoral staff. Outside the walls of Wooddale Church, Heather spends a great deal of time as a communicator. She is invited into local junior and senior high schools to present on a variety of topics, like self-esteem and abstinence. Heather also brings truth, hope and fun to students at various camps, seminars and retreats locally and across the nation. To get her adult fix, she also speaks to parents and youth workers.

Kara Powell

Executive Director at FYI

Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women to Watch”, Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or co-author of a number of books including Growing Young, Sticky Faith, & Deep Justice in a Broken World.

Mark Oestreicher

Partner, The Youth Cartel

Mark Oestreicher (Marko) is a veteran youth worker and founding partner in The Youth Cartel, providing resources, training and coaching for church youth workers.  The author of more than 70 books, including What’s Right About Youth Ministry, Marko is a sought after speaker, writer and consultant. Marko lives in San Diego with his wife Jeannie and two young adult kids, Riley and Max.  Twitter: @markosbeard

Mark Munoz

Former UFC Fighter

Mark is a retired professional mixed martial artist who competed professionally from 2007-2015 in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. In addition to being an incredible UFC fighter, Mark has made significant contributions to both the sport of MMA, his local community through activities such as starting up and running his own gym, and heading his own "anti-bullying" campaign.

Daniel “DK” Kim

Worship Pastor, Mariners Church, CA

Daniel DK Kim is the worship leader at Mariners Church in Southern California. He's married with a couple kids (one of them who is in Doug & Josh's youth group now!) that he's dedicated to raise as die-hard Lakers fans.

Training Topics

Friend vs. Leader: Getting the Balance Right

Heather Flies

Gen Z: Knowing Who You Minister To

Sean McDowell

The Key to Shepherding Students Effectively

Jessica Sanchez

Faith in an Anxious World

Dr. Kara Powell

The Two Most Important Skills of Being a Fantastic Youth Worker

Mark Oestreicher


9am-12pm (in your local time zone): 5 TED Talk-style training sessions, discussion breaks, special guests, prizes, giveaways, and more!

Attendee Perks

Training on 5 topics and discussion questions on the day of the event.

Access to additional speaker content videos (post event)


Find the location nearest you and click REGISTER on the pin to sign up.  If you can’t find a location nearby, consider hosting!


1 Low Price for your ENTIRE Group!




Bring as many volunteers as you want to one of our 300+ host-site locations.*

What’s included:

  1. Training on 5 topics and discussion questions on the day of the event.
  2. Access to additional speaker content videos (post-event).

*If a host site closes due to Covid restrictions, we will livestream the training in your timezone.





Gain access to the National Day of Volunteer Youth Ministry Training download and host it exclusively for YOUR volunteers whenever works best for you (anytime from September 19th, 2020 on).

What’s included:

  1. Download of the National Day of Volunteer YM Training video for use in your ministry.
  2. Digital Attendee Guide.
  3. Full download of last year’s National Day of Volunteer YM Training video ($500 value) for use in your ministry.




Download the training video ahead of time, greet people at the door and press play. YOU create the welcoming environment and open the doors of your church. We’ll do the rest!

What’s included:

  1. Download of the National Day of Volunteer YM Training video & attendee guide.
  2. Full download of last year’s National Day of Volunteer YM Training video ($500 value) for use in your ministry.
  3.  An opportunity to get your money back and tons more perks! 



Is the registration fee per person or per church?

While some events charge hundreds of dollars per person to attend, this event is unique and allows you to bring everyone on your volunteer team for 1 low registration fee. So pack a church van and join us. Sign up today to lock in the “bring as many as you can” price!

Seriously, is it really 1 registration fee for the whole group?

YES. We know it’s hard to believe, but we want this training to be insanely affordable to all churches. 1 registration gets your whole group in the door – but be sure to register today otherwise locations fill up and cost does increase!

What about COVID-19? Do we have back up plans for Coronavirus?

Do not fear, we’ve got backup plans! IF things take a turn we will have you covered. Every location will have different guidelines, but we’ll make sure everyone who registers has access to the training on that day and during that time, do not worry!

But what if I can’t afford the fee?

We have a very limited number of partial scholarships available to those who need financial assistance. Our motto has always been, “Don’t let the price stand in the way of you attending” – we can figure it out! Send us a quick email ([email protected]) with your situation and you’ll get a solution in 48 hours.

Does the content apply to college and/or children’s ministry volunteers?

YES! The primary focus of the day will be training adults who want to better care for the students entrusted to their ministry. Because the event is targeted for youth ministry volunteers, the terminology will be teenager-specific, BUT the application will be universal.

Can I adjust the number of volunteers I’m bringing after I register?

YES! Each lead youth worker can edit their registration total as the date gets closer using the link at the bottom of the confirmation email. We’d love for you to free up spots for other groups looking to attend in your area OR bring more of your leaders! The deadline for final registration adjustments is Wednesday, September 16th

What if the host site near me is sold out?

We’d love to help you find another location to attend… OR work with you to host the event at your church! (Chances are, you’re not the only group looking to attend at this sold out site—you could be helping another youth worker train his/her leaders, too!) Email us at [email protected].

How do I get a refund?

Unfortunately, we do not allow refunds for this event.

I can’t attend anymore, can I sell my ticket to another youth pastor in my area?

No, there are no exchanges for this event. Please adjust the number of leaders you’ll be bringing to free up spaces for another group who may want to attend and email us at [email protected] for information on how to access the content to train your volunteers on another date/time.

What if I'm the only one attending the training day?

The cost is per group, so if you’re a group of 1 that’s still the cost. May as well invite a potential volunteer with you along for the ride right? How about that summer intern you were thinking about bringing on board? It costs you the same either way so invite someone to come with. It’ll make the drive more fun, too! ROAD TRIP!

Will there be food or snacks at the host sites?

There may be – each location has a loving host who is opening up their church/ministry doors to you on 9.19.2020. BUT, what they’ll have and all of that is up to each location, so the safest way is to get a coffee on the way and maybe a McMuffin to top off before you walk in just to be sure. Then if they’ve got danishes, you can discreetly take 2 and refill your drink. Everyone wins!

I'm not exactly sure who from my volunteer team will be joining me on 9.19.2020 for the event. Is that OK?

Not a problem at all! Pick a reasonable, conservative number that you will have with you on that day. Things come up and we know someone may bail, just use your best estimate on how many will be joining your group that day and a few more/less are no problem at all!

Should I wear a face mask?

This isn’t really a frequently asked question, we just thought someone may click to read it. If your local guidelines are to wear a mask, please do.

We LOVED last year! Is it going to be similar?

Yes, we’ve added an extra bathroom break, more content and extended it an extra half hour since it went by SO fast last year. New speakers (some returning favorites) and all new content. It’s going to be awesome for volunteers!

I don't understand the pricing. Help?

It’s simple, but we also understand it’s hard to believe since it’s SO good. You pay 1 registration price for as many people from your volunteer team as you can bring. Think of it as buy 1 get 25 free. You register your whole group for one low price. Clear enough?

What if there isn’t a location near me? I’d like to be a host!

Hosting Info…

All you need is a space to host and the ability to play a video. You can download the whole thing ahead of time, greet people at the door and press play. YOU create the welcoming environment and open the doors of your church. We’ll do the rest!


Host Commitment


H – Help promote the event to your community
O – Open up your doors
S – Sweeten the experience as best you can
T – Trust DYM to deliver a killer training

Our Commitment

We’ll provide…
Engaging content from the best communicators in youth ministry.
Promotion for your host location.
Support, resources, and best practices for hosting.

Hosts score with perks!

Become a host for $500. Not only do you become a hero to youth ministry volunteers, but you also score these perks:



Get money back:
– if 10 churches (+ your own) register and attend at your site, you get a refund on your host registration.
– if 7 churches (+ your own) register and attend your site you get a refund on ½ of your host registration.


50% discount on DYM’s brand new Parent Training Event ($199 value)


Exclusive “DYM Llegend 2020 Host” T-shirt


– Keep the National Day training videos for use in your ministry
– Curated selection of last year’s National Youth Workers Convention audio sessions ($99 value)
– Last year’s National Day of Volunteer Youth Ministry Training video for use in your ministry ($500 value)


What’s required of a host site?

Space to host and the ability to play a video. You can download the whole thing ahead of time, greet people at the door and press play. YOU create the welcoming environment and open the doors of your church. We’ll do the rest!

Is this a streaming event? We have terrible internet and I’m freaking out!

NO, this is NOT a streaming event. Our strategy is to get this everywhere: into rural areas with lower speed internet and into church basement youth rooms where the wi-fi is rough. So you can hit up a Starbucks with great internet, download the entire event, and simply press play on the day of! Yeah!

So, what kind of technology do we need?

A computer and a screen is all you need! Most churches are going to host it in their “main space”, whether that’s a sanctuary or shared worship center. Then again, if your youth room has a better sound system, go with that! Whatever works best for you and the amount of youth workers who sign-up for your location!

There are locations near me, but an hour away. Should I host?

For sure! Most groups will pile into a van and drive across town, maybe even a couple towns over, but 45 minutes to 1 hour is about the limit. So host it at your place! Get your church and others in your area involved and have a GREAT community-wide training day!

Will DYM help promote the training locations?

We will definitely do our best to spread the word and fill each host location. But there is an expectation that each site will invite their local networks and churches as well. Attendee registration will open in early 2019 at $99 per church. (Each church can bring as many volunteers as they’d like.) We want as many volunteers there as you can fit in your space!

What does the schedule look like? Would we have the flexibility to offer lunch and other options for our particular venue or are we required to stick to the schedule and itinerary provided?

The schedule is designed for it to be as easy on your host site as possible. If you provided an air-conditioned/heated room with decent screens or a projector, that’s enough. If you want to go all-out and provide meal(s), prizes, etc.—go for it! We’re thrilled that some locations are looking to go over-the-top!

What questions is my senior pastor going to ask about this?

We’ve covered a lot of questions (see above), but if you have additional questions, please let us know and we’ll update this FAQ with your question. Shoot us an email at [email protected]!

Will the videos be captioned?

Great news! We know that youth workers with hearing loss need and deserve training too. Simply request the captioned copy via email ([email protected]) and we’ll send you that version. It will be released a few days after the non-CC content. But it will be available! Please let us know you want it and you’ll get an email from us when it is ready.

This date doesn’t work for me. Can I do it later in the day or on another date altogether?

Because we’ll be putting a ton of promotion into the day/date on all of the promotional material, we’d love for you to do it on the day we’re promoting, but we’d love to hear from you if you have something else in mind for your network. Let’s talk about it and figure out it on a case-by-case basis.