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Technical Update

Technical Update

The interwebs are funny. Ideally, you don’t notice anything happening in the background… stuff just works.  One thing I’ve had to deal with in my role here at the Cartel is that we had some stuff that didn’t just work. Or it worked but was just really slow. Here are three things that we’ve done behind the […]


Report from Open Denver

  Yesterday was our first event in Colorado and first ever Open Denver. In short, it was a success! The Team To understand the success of Open Denver you have to know the background that lead to yesterday’s event. When Open was in it’s first season I started to hear from folks in Denver saying, […]

The Tiny Revolution

The Tiny Revolution

If you’ve ordered books from our store chances are you’ve gotten a little toy or gift from our shipping department. (aka my kids) Here’s a slice of some of the photos you’ve posted with the hashtag #tinyrevolution. Get a toy soldier in the mail? Snap a picture, this revolution is worldwide. This soldier knows how […]


6 New Digital Products

Phew!  That’s about all our publishing team can say as we celebrate the release of 6 brand new digital products this week. While we await the arrival of the 3 physical books, here’s what’s available right now for instant download. A Woman in Youth Ministry by Gina Abbas Now available on Kindle Hypotherables by Jake Bouma […]

April Diaz

Welcome April Diaz

I’m really excited to welcome April Diaz to our team at the Cartel as our Director of Coaching. April isn’t new to us… she’s been a friend to Marko and myself for years. From a Cartel perspective, she spoke at The Summit in 2012 and last fall we published her first book, Redefining the Role […]

A Woman in Youth Ministry

New Book Alert! A Woman in Youth Ministry

These are exciting times for our not-so-small anymore publishing line of youth ministry products. Today I want to pass along information about the first of our new products releasing for this Fall. (Shipping in August) A Woman in Youth Ministry: Honest Insight and Leadership Wisdom for Real People by Gina Abbas. From the back cover: If […]


A Cartel Approved Senior Prank

Let’s face it. Most senior pranks are dumb. Some toilet paper or some duct tape. But some seniors at Santa Barbara High School win the award for this year’s most creative senior prank. They hired a mariachi band to follow principle John Becchio everywhere he went, starting at 7:30 AM. Harmless. Entertaining. Clever. That’s how […]


Announcing 5 Open locations for Fall 2014

We started Open in 2012 as an experiment. We wondered what would happen if we turned the typical youth ministry training event upside down? Instead of selecting a city and bringing in our favorite, nationally recognized speakers to offer a day of training… what would happen if we hosted an event organized by local leaders and […]