How to Mobilize your Volunteer Leaders for lasting impact

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Volunteer leaders are essential to any ministry. But more importantly, how you mobilize them to take an active part is vital to the success of your student ministry.

That is why it is great to have Justin Knowles back on the podcast! 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 entitled “Give it Away, Give it All Away” and:

  • What caused Justin to give more responsibility away to his leaders
  • 2 pratical ways to give mobilize to your leaders
  • Why he shuts down his Student Ministry for 2 weeks before New Years and how it beneftis everyone

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

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. 

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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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