How to be working ON your Ministry

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Justin Knowles back on the podcast! In case you haven’t heard him on the podcast before, you are in for a treat! Justin 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.  He is also a fantastic writer who is one of the core contributors to the Download YM blog.  You can find his blogs here.

In this episode, Tom and Justin talk about

  • a recent blog post Justin did about understanding the Whys of ministry
  • how do student ministers get caught in the grind
  • what it looks like to actually work ON your ministry, not just IN your ministry.

If you want to connect with Justin you can find him on Twitter ( You can also find his writing at

After the conversation was done, Tom made a big announcement about Summer Ministry Vlog Week ’16 (#SMVWeek16) in which he and Justin will be participating in the week of August 8 -12.  Stay tuned for more details.

So what do you think? How are you working ON your ministry this summer?  Share your thoughts and insights below or on social media using the hashtag #ymsidekick. 

Also, Tom would love to hear from you about what you’d like a future topic to be. To email Tom some ideas email him here.

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Tom Pounder

A father of 4, Tom is the Online Campus Pastor as well as Social Media Director at New Life Christian Church in Chantilly, VA. He blogs, vlogs, periscopes and podcasts regularly about student and online ministry stuff. Check out his work at and on iTunes (search YMSidekick).

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