When I get asked about the future of youth ministry (as I have often been asked in these last weeks), I usually start by acknowledging, “I am not a futurist.” I’m actually not all that gifted at prediction. But I’m pretty good at observing current trends. And with that in mind, I’m going to make a few projections. Sure, maybe that’s semantics. But I’m calling these projections (of what I’m currently observing) rather than predictions. And I could be completely wrong.Continue reading My Youth Ministry Projections
hey good people — we’ve finalized the seminars for the inaugural Multi-Site Youth Ministry Campference in January. there are only 8 of them (2 rounds of 4 each), because we also have a program element called “Multi-Site Issues Dialogues” where participants will rotate through four pre-selected topical discussions on common issues facing youth workers in multi-site churches.
the topics for the Multi-Site Issues Dialogues are:
- Multiple sites, multiple sizes
- Creating & Maintaining Culture
- Defining Our Model (including reporting relationship, standardization, etc)
- Naming our Common Tensions
AND, the seminars are:
- Kurt Johnston — An up close look at Saddleback’s model
- Tom Shefchunas — How you define church defines your model.
- Kevin Libick — Interviewing 101: What you can and can’t learn from asking the right questions of a potential hire?
- Megan Bagnall — Helping Struggling and Smaller Sites
- Marko — Leading Change
- Kent Bjurstrom and Kurt Brodbeck – Developing and maintaining a strong relationship between central YM boss and site youth worker
- EJ Swanson — Scaling Youth Ministry for Sites from 30 to 3000.
- Christopher “Taffy” Tafalla — Multiplying Your Music/Worship Strategy
Hey folks — we just finalized the list of seminars for this year’s Middle School Ministry Campference. As usual, it’s going to totally rock!
It’s coming up super fast (October 13 – 15), and late rates kick in this coming Sunday. So get your reg on!
Details at a glance:
- January 9 – 11
- Orange County CA
- All-inclusive price: $300 – $365
There has been an explosion of churches moving to a multi-site approach in the last few years. Understandably, a church’s decision to move to a multi-site approach is rarely (if ever) driven by the mission of the youth ministry. And as such, youth workers in these churches are often scrambling to figure out best practices, formats and structures, success metrics, and all sorts of other variables.
The Youth Ministry Coaching Program changes lives. For reals. Here are a couple of the most recent responses we’ve received from people who just completed the program:
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:
Power-based leadership has no place in the church.
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.
by Luke Lang
Brothers and Sisters, youth ministry nation…I’m here to tell you about a super vital youth ministry life skill.
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: