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Elephants at The Summit

In 2012, Marko and I started The Summit to help spark creativity, stir ideas, and push our friends in youth ministry to think in new ways. Heading into our fourth year we wanted to make sure that we continued to press into that idea… that the event itself wasn’t itself becoming formulaic and that we’re continuing […]

The organizing team: April Diaz, Leneita Fix and Rachel Blom (right to left)

What Sisterhood Looks Like: #WYMC

I’m slowly coming down from a massive high I had in the last couple of days during our very first Women in Youth Ministry Campference. Yup, the inaugural #WYMC happened and it was awesome. If you’d ask the 60+ women who attended, I’m sure they’d all list a different highlight. Hearing the wisdom from various […]


What’s new in The Youth Cartel store?

Our little online store, which literally lives in my garage and is shipped by my family, is full of great youth ministry resources. We carry more than just things from The Youth Cartel publishing line, we also carry a handful of products from around the world of youth ministry which we think are excellent and are […]


Under Pressure

When I first started watching the TV series One Tree Hill – and this was years ago mind you – the title song struck a chord in me. Despite a few weird lines, these are some powerful lyrics about being yourself: I’m tired of looking ’round rooms Wondering what I’ve got to do Or who […]


The WYMC Wouldn’t Be Possible Without…

We are but two weeks away from the first ever Cartel Women in Youth Ministry Campference. Our team has literally been planning and praying since last summer. We can’t wait for everyone to get there! The major scaffolding of this Campference (which is the best elements of a camp and a conference combined) is our […]

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Your Invitation to the Youth Ministry in a Post-Christian Context Coaching Cohort

I’m not sure of any places in the youth ministry world that are honestly, helpfully, and healthily looking at ministry in a post-Christian world. That is why I’m excited about this cohort with Jake Kircher and friends. He’s leading the charge to say 1) this is different than Bible-belt youth ministry, 2) this is hard, 3) this is […]


Viva XI

Yesterday we launched Viva! Rest, our 11th edition. Viva is a series of short, downloadable, curriculum resources. Whether you are looking for a last minute lesson plan or  ideas to add into your teaching, Viva is designed for youth workers leading the revolution. Here’s a couple of things we’ve learned since we started creating Viva last […]


Zombies at the Dinner Table?

Do you ever encounter a kid who just won’t seem to engage in spiritual conversations? I just received the following encouraging note from “Josh,” a youth worker who happens to also be a foster dad: I wanted to share with you that our family just began your Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide for Teenagers last night. I have […]