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The 2023 Youth Pastor Compensation Survey is here

Welcome to the 6th annual installment of this survey and thanks for taking the time to participate. Ever year we hear how helpful it is to pastors everywhere…both Youth Pastors, and those who manage them! You can click the link below to take the survey. The survey will close on November 30, 2022.

This survey is designed for United States residents only, but you’re welcome to participate if you’re somewhere else. A detailed analysis of the survey findings will be published in January 2023 and we’ll send you a download link to it at the email address you provide. Oh, and the report is totally FREE, as always.

The survey is brought to you by Chemistry Staffing, produced and published by Dan Navarra, with general editing provided by Mark Oestreicher of The Youth Cartel.

If you’d like the survey results to be sent to you, please click the “I’d like the report” link below and we’ll send you a copy once it’s available.

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The Anxious Teen – Now Shipping

The Anxious Teen: Ministry with Stressed and Fearful Students, from Brock Morgan and Hallie Scott, is now shipping.

About the book:

Now more than ever, teens are struggling with stress, anxiety, and fear. Between social media, the 24/7 flood of news from around the world, global pandemics, mental health crises, the pressure of getting good grades or attending a specific college, financial stress at home, and existential threats like climate change, it’s no wonder.

Teenagers today are different from teenagers even 10 or 20 years ago. The issues they are facing are complex and wide-ranging. How can youth workers understand them better? What are the best ways to meet anxious teens where they are and help them feel seen, loved, and known—both by our youth ministries and by the God who cares for them so deeply?

Brock Morgan uses his conversational style and trademark humor to approach this topic from the starting point of his own experiences with anxiety and his decades in youth ministry. In these pages he provides context to help us understand today’s anxiety-ridden reality, and teaches skills and practices we can develop in ourselves and our youth to move forward in a lasting, healthy faith.

Brock Morgan
With over 30 years of experience in youth ministry, Brock Morgan is a sought-after communicator known for his amazing storytelling and insight into the next generation. He is the associate pastor over youth ministries at The Bridge in Chino, California, and is the author of many highly regarded books, including Youth Ministry 2027. He and his wife, Kelsey, their daughter, Dancin, and their puppy, C.S. Lewis, live in Southern California. You can find out more about him at brockmorgan.com.

Hallie Scott (MA, Azusa Pacific University) is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice in Brea, California, and an adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University. She is the author of Hope Beyond an Empty Cradle.

  • The Anxious Teen: Ministry with Stressed and Fearful Students
    The Anxious Teen: Ministry with Stressed and Fearful Students
    $14.99
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New on Kindle

We are super excited to let you know a number of our newest titles are now available on Kindle for your e-reading pleasure. We love it when you buy our physical books, but we understand you also like to carry around your youth ministry library in your pocket so you can catch up on your reading while you are waiting on that Chick-fil-a order to be brought out to your car or enjoying that last trip to the beach before summer is over.

Here are our new Kindle releases (click the title to see on Amazon):

Called
Being Young
5 Views on the Future of Youth Ministry
A Faith of their Own
What Do I Believe About What I Believe?

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Why I’m Excited About our PPM Youth Leader Trip to Alaska

Marko here. We posted the other day about the second youth leader vision trip we’re taking in September to Alaska, to help people get a sense of both the amazing work of Praying Pelican Missions and this fantastic location. But I thought I might share a bit more backstory and details.

The Youth Cartel has been partnering with Praying Pelican Missions for a number of years, and I’ve been on ten or more trips with them. We’ve tried multiple approaches over the years to figure out how the Cartel can get the word out about this org we believe is “best in class” (and I write that as someone who has been on many, many youth mission trips with multiple organizations). In the early years, Adam and I went on what could be called “blogging trips”: we’d go see the work of PPM in a country, and blog about our experiences. Knowing that PPM’s approach is to develop longterm partnerships with local churches (led by local pastors), and to serve under their authority and on their behalf, I would always pull these pastors aside for private conversations about how they were treated by PPM. Honestly, these conversations are what really sold me.

We’ve tried to do some Cartel/PPM trips with youth groups from the Cartel fam; and while those were great, it wasn’t our strong suit. I’m not sure why it took us so long to remember that a couple vision trips we did for youth workers years ago were the best thing we could offer, and that’s being proved out with these Alaska trips. I mentioned the first trip (September 17 – 20) on my Facebook and Twitter, and we filled it in six hours. So I asked PPM if we could add a second trip a week earlier (September 10 – 13), and they scrambled to accommodate us (props particularly go to the Alaska team for this).

I got to go on a partnership trip with them to Alaska last summer, and honestly, it’s one of my favorite locations I’ve been to. As a group leader, I was stoked to see it has a great combo of factors: less cost than an international trip, but some of the ‘feel’; wonderful ministries excited to receive help, but none of the challenges of passports and immunizations and currency exchange. and it is guh-guh-gorgeous, of course.

I’ve said this before: I think that youth ministry short-term missions can one of the worst things we do in youth ministry (drive-by missions, white savior complex, ministry tourism); but it can also be one of the best things we do in youth ministry, when the context is carefully curated to increase the likelihood that our churches bless local churches and they bless us. When done correctly (as I firmly believe PPM strives to do), we get to participate in partnership with the work of the Kingdom with Jesus who is already present and actively at work in the location where we serve.

SO: I encourage you, youth worker, to consider a trip with Praying Pelican. And I have been so deeply encouraged in the last couple weeks hearing so many stories of Cartel-y youth workers who are going on PPM trips this summer, and heard about them through us.

We’ve limited the size of these Alaska vision trips in order to maximize the experience. And we have about four or five spots remaining on the Sept 10 – 13 trip. You’ll spend a few days with me and a small group of peers. OH, and it’s free (you just have to get to Anchorage). Please feel free to reach out to me (marko@theyouthcartel.com) with any question you might have. Or, get info and register here.

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Get a Vision for Missions in Alaska

Join Marko and PPM as we explore what healthy short-term missions look like in beautiful Alaska. This trip is intended for church leaders who are exploring a future mission trip for their group. You will have the opportunity to visit local churches and non-profit organizations that are serving those who call Alaska their home.

This trip has limited availability, with 8 spots available (limit 1 leader per church/organization). The costs of this trip are sponsored by The Youth Cartel and Praying Pelican Missions, making it at no cost to you. There is a refundable registration fee of $100 to reserve your spot that will be returned to you after the trip.

This leader trip includes all ministry visits, lodging (at local churches), meals, transportation, staffing, and pre-trip prep. It does not include your flight to Anchorage, Alaska.

September 10-13, 2022 ($100 refundable registration)   

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Help Your Teens with Deeper Questions

Teenagers are smart and insightful, full of joy, doubts, worries, hope, great ideas, generosity, and questions. Their questions about the world and about God are as complex as they are, and they don’t settle for easy answers. That’s why we created this devotional and curriculum, which addresses the things teens often wonder about faith and life.

These will both be releasing August 1st, but we are running a pre-release special with extra savings. 

  • Deeper Questions Curriculum, Volume 1: The Bible
    Deeper Questions Curriculum, Volume 1: The Bible
    $9.99
  • What Do I Believe About What I Believe: A Deeper Questions Devotional
    What Do I Believe About What I Believe: A Deeper Questions Devotional
    $12.99
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Summer Reading for Youth Workers

Summer is here! Summer camp, beach days, and camping trips give you extra time to dive into a good book. We’ve got your next great summer read right here. These books will help you think about youth ministry in some new ways. We’ve got you covered with theology, church life, and what the future could hold. 

  • A Faith of Their Own: A Theological Field Guide for Youth Ministry
    A Faith of Their Own: A Theological Field Guide for Youth Ministry
    $19.99
  • 5 Views on the Future of Youth Ministry: Perspectives on What Could or Should Be
    5 Views on the Future of Youth Ministry: Perspectives on What Could or Should Be
    $14.99
  • Being Young: A Biblical Theology of Youth
    Being Young: A Biblical Theology of Youth
    $19.99
  • Called: A Novel About Youth Ministry Transition
    Called: A Novel About Youth Ministry Transition
    $14.99
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Introducing: Stir

Help stir the faith imagination of your students. Stir is designed for youth workers to lead, not follow by using different elements centered around a common theme and the leader decides which elements to use to create their lesson. Stir can be used for sermons, bible studies, retreats, camps, and more.

Each volume contains three lessons. Each lesson has three sections: Head, Heart, and Hands. Teaching elements include videos, discussion questions, sermon helps, activities, and more.

Use code “stir” when you purchase both and save $10!

  • Stir: Humans
    Stir: Humans
    $25.00
  • Stir: Creation
    Stir: Creation
    $25.00