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5 Minutes with Marko Season 2

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We know you missed the 5 Minutes with Marko podcast over the summer break, but we are excited to let you know it will be returning next week. Look for new episodes on Tuesdays.

If you missed out on season 1 or want to go back and catch up, now is a great time.

What Would I Do Differently? Five Minutes with Marko

If I could go back and start all over again in youth ministry, what would I change?
  1. What Would I Do Differently?
  2. Helping Teens Meet the Real Jesus
  3. Stretching Toward Faith in Ministry
  4. The Power of Small
  5. Teenagers and Risk

You can subscribe to 5 Minutes with Marko in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or where ever you listen to your favorite podcasts. You can watch on YouTube.

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NEW: 5 Views on the Future of Youth Ministry

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We are excited about our newest release 5 Views on the Future of Youth Ministry: Perspectives on What Could or Should Be. It releases Aug 1st, so take advantage of the pre-release special price.

About the book:

Mark Oestreicher, General Editor. Contributors: Chris Curtis, Kenda Creasy Dean, Mark DeVries, Tommy Nixon, Virginia Ward

Is youth ministry thriving? Stagnant? Evolving? Dying? What does any of that mean for us as youth workers, or, more critically, for the young people we care about?

In this edition of our “multi-views” series, the chapters are authored by a group of youth ministry thought leaders. We asked them two key questions: What are the problems youth ministry currently faces? And what is the pathway forward? Each chapter represents a thoughtful, practical, and challenging viewpoint. At the end of each chapter, there is a sidebar from an in-the-trenches youth worker whose ministry is currently living out the future the chapter’s writer foresees.

We expect that the words of this book will cause you to rethink, to dream, and to question. There are no easy answers and one-size-fits-all solutions here. But we also believe that along with the challenges they bring to the forefront, these chapters will leave you with a sense of hope-filled possibility the future of youth ministry and the teenagers God calls us to love and care for.

  • 5 Views on the Future of Youth Ministry: Perspectives on What Could or Should Be
    $14.99
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Learn Something New This Sumer

Summer can be a great time for some personal development. Maybe you want to learn more about the students you work with or some new skills you can put into practice this fall. These affordable courses or great for you or use them with your entire team. 

All Cartel Courses include videos and a discussion/application guide. 

  • Reframing Discipleship eCourse
    $0.00
  • Understanding Teenage Brains
    $14.99
  • Understanding Teenagers and Social Media
    $14.99
  • Communicating with Students, Parents, and Volunteers
    $9.99
  • Helping Teenagers in Crisis
    $9.99
  • Crafting a Youth Ministry Resume
    $4.99
  • Hiring 101
    $9.99
  • Quick Tips for Talking to Teenagers
    $4.99
  • Family and Ministry
    $4.99
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5 Minutes with Marko Episode 9

5 Minutes with Marko Ep 9

LGBTQ Teens Need a Pastoral Response Over a Theological Response

“I’m not convinced there’s an actual increase in gay teenagers, or those wrestling with same-sex attraction or gender questions, in the average church. But there’s no question that youth workers all over the globe—whatever their church’s theology, or their own—are facing an exponential increase in questions from all fronts.”

To go deeper on ministry to LGBTQ teens, check out:

  • 4 Views on Pastoring LGBTQ Teenagers: Effective Ministry to Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer, and Questioning Students Among Us
    $14.99
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Permission in this Season of Disruption

Marko shares how youth workers have unique permission to take risks during this season of disruption.

To learn more about youth ministry during this season, check out Youth Ministry in this Season of Disruption.

  • Youth Ministry in This Season of Disruption
    $14.99

What readers are saying:

“This collection of thoughts about youth ministry in the COVID era is insightful, encouraging, and thought-provoking. I am encouraged by the shared struggle and observations on how we are doing. 

This book has helped me sort through much of what I have been struggling through in this unique chapter of life and ministry. While there are no easy answers here, there are plenty of ways of framing the challenges we are facing in youth ministry in the church. 

The speed with which it was constructed and the way it gives hope for the future makes it DEFINITELY worth the read.” – Eric

“Incredibly encouraging and helpful as we attempt to move from iteration to innovation in these strange times. Grateful for other youth ministers who are doing good work.” – Holly

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2021 Youth Pastor Compensation Report

For a few years in a row, the Cartel has partnered with Dan Navarra of Chemistry Staffing to conduct the largest salary survey of youth workers, and make it available to you for free. Dan is great at digging into the data and identifying helpful info. This year’s report has some great news and some annoying news, as you’ll see. We’re excited to provide this service for our tribe. Click here to download the 2021 Youth Pastor Compensation Report.

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Thanksgiving Encouragement

No one could have predicted that this year would have gone the way it’s gone. Here in the US we will celebrate Thanksgiving this week, and in 2020 fashion it may not be the celebration you are used to. No matter how you feel going into the holiday, Marko has some encouragement for you from Zephaniah 3:17

During this season of Thanksgiving, we want you to know how thankful we are for you and how much you give of yourself to teenagers. 

Your Friends at The Youth Cartel

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Youth Ministry This Season of Disruption – Dr. Andrew Root Interview

Marko sat down with Dr Andrew Root, one of the contributors to the new book Youth Ministry in a Season of Disruption. They discuss how it impacts our “youth groups” and what it means for youth pastors. 

Youth Ministry in a Season of Disruption helps unpack the unprecedented time we are living in.

This book dives headfirst into that space with you, bringing the voices (and thinking) of 28 unique youth ministry practitioners–consider them as your own little band of partners.

Broken into five sections, Youth Ministry in This Season of Disruption begins with two critical reminders–a historical encouragement from Sean McDowell, and a theological encouragement from Andrew Root. Section three pauses, asking us all to consider five critical issues as we pivot and adapt.

Section four includes entries from seven in-the-trenches youth workers willing to share how they’ve misstepped in this season, and what they’ve learned from that (ideally, helping you sidestep those same mistakes). And, finally, the dozen chapters of section five include a host of innovative and experimental wins from youth workers just like you.

This book doesn’t have all the answers. But it’s a snapshot from the brilliant and resourceful tribe of youth workers that you’re a part of. Between the lines, we hope you’ll get a sense of God’s Spirit whispering: Don’t give up; you can do it!

Buy Youth Ministry in a Season of Disruption.

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Youth Ministry Coaching Program New Opportunity

We are excited to announce a brand new way to participate in the Youth Ministry Coaching Program. We have a brand new online opportunity.

In these challenging and strange times we’re living through, we wanted to maximize YMCP for an online experience – YMCP Online. We believe a healthy, vibrant youth ministry needs a healthy, vibrant leader; so YMCP is less ‘skill training’, and more of a leadership development program. And excellent leadership is what our ministries need right now.

The Youth Ministry Coaching Program (YMCP) is the oldest, most robust coaching program in youth ministry. With 600 graduates and participants, in 58 cohorts over the last ten years, we know how to nurture and deliver growth and transformative work in the lives of youth workers.

With YMCP Online, we created a lightweight, accessible, and affordable version of our trusted coaching program to meet the need. The six-month program includes a monthly 2-hour online lecture, a monthly 4-hour cohort/lab session, and 5 one-on-one 30-minute coaching session with your lead coach.

If you’ve already have been a part of the program, we’d love for you to share this new opportunity with your fellow youth workers who are leading ministries. 

If you would like to learn more, visit our info page to learn about pricing and how to: YMCP Online.