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Status of currently-forming YMCP cohorts

If you’ve wondered about joining the ranks of the 380 graduates and current participants of our Youth Ministry Coaching Program, 2017 would be a fantastic year to jump in. We have so many cohorts forming at this time, and there are opportunities all over the country.

Here’s an update on the status of currently-forming cohorts:

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Multi-Site Church Youth Ministry Coaching Program cohort

Youth Ministry Coaching Program - Multi-site Cohort

by Mark Oestreicher

It’s no secret that I love The Youth Cartel’s coaching program (called the Youth Ministry Coaching Program, or YMCP). And it’s probably not news to you—if you follow the Cartel at all—that our growing number of program grads love it also. We have more than 300 grads, and currently have about 75 people in seven cohorts meeting all over the country.

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How the Youth Ministry Coaching Program Impacted a Whole Church

By Mark Oestreicher

I got an email the other day from a YMCP grad named Mike Henry, from Souix City, Iowa. He had a couple questions (we tell our grads that we’ll always be available to them, even after their year in YMCP is finished). But then mike graciously took the time to write a little about the impact YMCP has had, not just on his youth ministry, but on his entire church.

With mike’s permission, here’s what he wrote:

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How I Grew in the Youth Ministry Coaching Program

Slide1Recently, at the closing meeting of one of our Youth Ministry Coaching Program cohorts, I (Marko) was having participants reflect on growth they’d seen in themselves over our year together. One of the participants had written the following statement, and read it to us. I asked her if i could share it publicly (making it anonymous, since it refers to some conflict in her church), and she graciously agreed.

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New Cohorts of the Youth Ministry Coaching Program Forming

Youth Ministry Coaching Program cohorts forming

This week, we’ve posted two amazing testimonies from YMCP graduates (see here and here). We continue to be overwhelmed by the impact of the Youth Ministry Coaching Program. It’s been a wonderful road over these last five years:

  • Launched in 2010 with 9 people in the first cohort
  • Cohorts held in 10 cities in the US and Canada
  • Over 250 youth workers have graduated
  • Participants have been full-time, part-time and volunteers in both church and non-profit roles
  • Participants have come from a dozen different denominations
  • Ages from 24-60+ years old; nearly 90% of participants are between 27-44 years old
  • Experience between 1 year and 30+ years in youth ministry
  • From churches with an attendance of less than 100 people to over 20,000 people
  • Nearly a third of participants have been women, including 2 “women’s only” cohorts

For 2016, we’re hoping to launch 6 or 7 cohorts (in addition to the 5 current cohorts that will spill into 2016):

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Breakout Sessions at the Middle School Ministry Campference

IMG_3087I (Marko) was chatting with a middle school pastor this past weekend. He’s bringing a group of 10 to this year’s Middle School Ministry Campference, and considering adding to that number. Some combination of people from his church have attended all four previous Campferences. He said something like, “I’ve been to all sorts of other events; but there’s just nothing like Campference. I can’t imagine being in middle school ministry and NOT attending!”

While everyone who has attended in the past knows that the secret sauce of the Campference is everything that happens in-between and around the official schedule, we’re still very intentional about bringing the best training you’ll find anywhere on our work and calling. And we’ve always been intentional about having almost completely new content every single year (rather than just repeating seminars over and over, year after year). So, not only will attendees this year get to network like crazy, have meals with speakers, and enjoy all that secret sauce, they’ll also get to choose from this mind-blowingly amazing list of breakout sessions.

a little interpretive key:
SEMINAR means 2/3 teaching and 1/3 conversation
DIALOGUE means 1/3 teaching and 2/3 conversation
ACTIVE LEARNING is a seminar where you actually DO stuff
ROOKIE means it’s a seminar or dialogue that’s ideally suited for volunteers and rookie youth workers
LATE NIGHT CONVERSATIONS are informal gatherings around a specific topic

Here’s the plan for October 9 – 11, 2015! (This is subject to change, but basically final)

Friday Evening

  1. Kurt Johnston: Surviving in the Local Church: 5 things that really don’t matter and 5 things that do. (SEMINAR)
  2. Heather Flies: Authenticity in Teaching/Sharing Your Story (ACTIVE LEARNING)
  3. Tom Shefchunas: Partnering with Parents Without Killing Yourself (SEMINAR)
  4. Mark Oestreicher: What Every MSM Volunteer Needs to Know (SEMINAR/ROOKIE)

IMG_3090Saturday Morning

  1. Scott Rubin: Critique of my JHM, by High Schoolers: the Good, the Bad, and the Frustrating (DIALOGUE)
  2. Tom Schefchunas: Youth Ministry and the Cell Phone (DIALOGUE)
  3. Gina Abbas: Growing Your Ministry By Doing Less (SEMINAR)
  4. Eric Woods: Engaging the Difficult Student (ACTIVE LEARNING)
  5. CIY JH Team: Bug Fixes and Stability Improvements for your Youth Ministry (SEMINAR)

Saturday Afternoon

  1. Elle Campbell and Tom Shefchunas: 5 Rules (and 5 Exceptions) to Teaching Middle Schoolers (SEMINAR)
  2. Alan Ramsey, Kurt Johnston, and Katie Edwards: Raising a Family in Youth Ministry (DIALOGUE)
  3. Gina Abbas: The Best Idea Wins: 20 years of collecting, copying and creating middle school programs and events (DIALOGUE/ROOKIE)
  4. Eric Woods: Why you should stop doing mission trips: Turning Teens into Missionaries Instead of Travelers (SEMINAR)

IMG_3118Sunday Morning

  1. Katie Edwards: Engaging Middle Schoolers in Leadership (SEMINAR)
  2. Kurt Johnston: Communicating to Young Teens (SEMINAR/ROOKIE)
  3. Heather Flies: Creating an Environment Where Chaos and Structure Can Coexist (SEMINAR)
  4. Kenny & Elle Campbell: Creating a Better Teaching Strategy for Middle Schoolers (SEMINAR)
  5. Alan Ramsey & Mike Sheley: Pre-Teen Ministry (SEMINAR)

Late Night Conversations

  • Gina Abbas and Heather Flies: Being a Woman on Staff with Dudes (for paid youth workers)
  • Alan Ramsey: Growing Older in MSM
  • Eric Woods: Designing Better Graphics
  • Tom Shefchunas and Tim Mauriello: Multi-Site Church MSM

Pretty amazing, huh? Check out more info here.

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Earlybird Registration for The Summit ends July 31!

The Summit, as you probably know, is unlike any other youth ministry event. It’s an imagination sparker, a creativity awakener, a prophetic nudge. 18 presenters delivering laser-focused TED-style talks, along with space for further dialogue with the presenters who leave you thirsty for more. It’s two days that can wake you up, re-ignite your calling, give you a refreshed and recalibrated vision, and bug ya (’cause we mean to bug ya).

The Summit will be in Nashville this year, on November 7 and 8.

Earlybird registration rates (individuals = $149, groups of 3 or more = $129 each) run out at the end of this month. Starting August 1, all reg prices go up!

And, we have earlybird registration perks! Yup, register by July 31, and you automatically get all this amazing stuff for FREE:

  • Pre-Summit Session of your choice – $40 value
  • Good News in the Neighborhood –$25 value
  • Viva – Genesis –$5.99 value

We’ve just released another video from last year’s event. We had pastor and author Bryan Lorrits open the event last year, reminding us of The Anchor of our Soul, as a way of framing our time. Here’s 9 1/2 minutes that could be the best bit of your day: