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Viva Las Christmas – Celebrate with us!

Part of the DNA that makes the Cartel tick is a willingness to experiment with new (cough, crazy) ideas and then allow the data to decide if we continue on with them. This isn’t unique to us, many start-ups use the same fail-fast methodology. One experiment we conducted in 2014 was Viva. Viva is a […]

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Sitting in the Ashes

  Last night I had the privilege of listening to a ministry friend of mine share his story of working through the reality of living with mental health related issues. Brett Ullman shared openly, honestly and passionately about this somewhat taboo subject, causing me to reflect on what my role is as a friend, father, husband […]

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The Road to The Summit

At The Summit there are some familiar faces as presenters and some unfamiliar ones. We want to tell you about one which might not be familiar to you… yet! In 2012, as we began to launch our first ever Open event in Seattle, my friend Jon Huckins told me… “You have to invite Morgan Schmidt to […]

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Cartel Affiliates

Right at the gummy center of The Youth Cartel are two core things, collaboration and partnership. It’s who we are and what we do in everything we do. With the rapid expansion of our publishing line and events we wanted to provide a way for our friends to help… but also get paid a little for […]

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2015 Cohorts Forming Now!

2014 has been a banner year for the Youth Ministry Coaching Program, with 6 full cohorts operating in Nashville, Orange County, CA (Women in YM), South Carolina (UMC), North Carolina (UMC), Pittsburgh (PCUSA), and the new SoCal Presby cohort (PCUSA) kicking off in Pasadena, CA in a couple weeks. But we’re actively working to open up […]

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 […]

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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, […]