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Viva, Next, and First Testament now available at Download Youth Ministry

As we at The Youth Cartel are streamlining and refocusing, we’ve partnered with our friends at Download Youth Ministry to be the exclusive place to purchase lines of curriculum we developed: Viva, Next, and First Testament. We’re happy these excellent resources will get the broader exposure they deserve!

And, your favorite Cartel still has, and will continue to develop, unique and helpful downloadable curriculum and creative interactive resources.

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My Youth Ministry Projections

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.

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seminars for the Multi-Site Youth Ministry Campference

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:

  1. Multiple sites, multiple sizes
  2. Creating & Maintaining Culture
  3. Defining Our Model (including reporting relationship, standardization, etc)
  4. 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
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Seminars at this year’s Middle School Ministry Campference

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!

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Announcing the Multi-Site Church Youth Ministry Campference

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.

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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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