youthpastordiet was a random idea I had one Thursday night and 2 weeks later almost 75 youth workers jumped onboard to host a friendly 90-day competition to help youth workers get in shape. We lost like 1 kajillion (that’s kajillion with a “k”) pounds and many have asked when we’re going to do it again. Well … here we go! Want to get in on Season 2? It starts on Monday! Here’s the gist:

  • no cost to enter! UPDATE: the Weight Loss Wars site I’m using to host the contest costs $10 to use if this is your 1st time using their site
  • weight loss is based on percentage lost
  • 90 day weight loss window, April 1 – July 1
  • prizes for the Top 10 place finishers
  • Top 3 are going to be worth playing for, I promise!

Want in on Round 2? is the place to register NOW!



A staggering amount of weight was lost during the 90 days of the Youth Pastor Diet!I was able to lose 24 lbs, which didn’t even put me in the top 10 by the end! It was an incredible run for everyone. Here are the final standings of the Top3 winners of the contest. So hap[y for each one of these guys!

$CASH PRIZE$ + 25lbs. of Resources + ALL Live Curriculum lines + registration for SYMC 2014 + dinner with Josh Griffin & SYM peeps at the conference

$CASH PRIZE$ + 25lbs. of resources + ALL Live Curriculum lines

$CASH PRIZE$ + 25lbs. of resources


Pretty excited about the Simply Youth Ministry Conference coming up the first weekend of March – there’s an important deadline/discount available through January 16th – if you’re going to join us you can save right now and sign up. Here’s 10 reasons why I’m pumped!

  • I laugh and learn more in 1 weekend than I do in a month
  • Free T-shirts – I’ll Tweet about them and leave them all over the place.
  • I get to show off my hot bod
  • I’m pumped to hear Jon Acuff and Lecrae
  • A new music video from Jake! Going to be SO fun
  • Meeting new friends and talking youth ministry
  • Hanging with old friends and SYMC alumni
  • Sharing lots of program ideas you can steal right away for your youth group
  • Slowing down (well kinda) and being filled up (for sure)
  • New resources, new ideas, new excitement for my calling – leaving STRONGER!



Pretty excited to give you a quick update to the YouthPastorDiet that is just about to cross the halfway point in the 90-day challenge. Couple cool numbers:

  • More than 688lbs have been lost so far!
  • That’s like 6 entire junior high students
  • Personally, I just hit my lowest weight since we moved to California (298.6)
  • There is a horse race for the top spot – both are over 32lbs lost!
  • 46 days remain
  • $1700+ in cash up for grabs
  • insane prizes for the Top 3 losers



Thought it would be a good idea to give everyone a quick update on competition so far. So far is has been so fun! Here it is by the numbers:

Off to an incredible start – 72 days to go!


Pretty excited to hear about the launch of the new UNfiltered Magazine from Simply Youth Ministry earlier today. It is a new digital-only magazine dedicated to help youth workers thrive in life outside of the church.

Real stories by real youth workers on topics like your heart, family, health and fitness (which is a central part of the inaugural issue – shameless plug for, money and more.

Looks so cool – check it out!


Quick poll question today about youth workers and weight. Obviously inspired by – which by the way has just announced some amazing prizes if you want to get in and sign up today. Be sure to vote in today’s poll either way!

Each receive a portion of the $1,000+ cash prize
NOTE: this is done through Weight Loss Wars at the end of the competition!


25lbs. of Resources + ALL Live Curriculum lines + registration for SYMC 2014
+ dinner with Josh Griffin & SYM peeps at the conference


25lbs. of resources + ALL Live Curriculum lines


25lbs. of resources

Will also get a special prize at the end of the competition as well!


Have you heard about

I posted about my latest crazy idea late last week and the thing has taken off! It is a 90-day challenge to lose weight, and uses the Weight Loss Wars platform to guide the group with leaderboards, profiles and graphs. I’d still like another few people to join us to push the prize purse over $1,000 – right now it sits at $720 for the person who loses the most weight.

I’m fat. Why is that?
The scientific answer is that you eat too many Doritos Tacos at Taco Bell and wash it down with gargantuan handfuls of Cinnamon Twists and Mt. Dew. Actually this is just a guess, but probably not that far off.

I really want to join, but I don’t understand why it costs $30?
The idea is to keep the “not so serious” people out. This is WAR! If you don’t get it, just keep your money and your lovely spare tire.

I am so skinny I don’t need to lose weight. I want to support?
First off, thank God for your rabbit-like metabolism. Even if you are poor the rest of your life (and you will be because of the career you’ve chosen) you have been blessed more than most other humans on this planet. Secondly, cheer people on! Tell your friends, Tweet!

I like being fat. It is part of my youth pastor persona. Do you want me to stop being funny, too?
Good point. Everyone knows fat people are funnier than skinny people and fat youth workers are better youth workers than ones who have a 26.2 sticker on the back window of their car. But I’d imagine you could be the first non-fat-and-super-funny youth worker slash comedian. Go for it.

Cash prize? Isn’t that gambling
If it makes you feel better, I (Josh) will just keep the money if you win. Wouldn’t want you to sin. I grew up in a fundamental Baptist Church, I didn’t know cards or dice existed until I was 32.

I’m not a youth worker, can I still join?
Sure! As long as you have SOME connection to youth ministry – maybe a spouse, family member or you volunteer.

What should I eat for the next 90 days?
Stop eating pretty much everything you want to eat and everything that is typically offered at any youth event or church function. Oh, and start exercising too.

I have a FAQ that isn’t listed here, what do I do?
Leave a comment below, and we’ll try to answer them!