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Youth Ministry Coaching for You

You’ve heard us talk before about the Youth Ministry Coaching Program and the benefits we’ve built into the program. We make sure each cohort has a plan and goals laid out, but God always shows up in ways we could never have planned. These stories tell the actual experience you get from YMCP:

YMCP had a major impact on me. Covid took away so much, especially from my ministry and spiritual needs. Getting together with my cohort kept me focused and grounded. I was afraid to join this program, knowing I would be the only Black woman, but I learned we are all one in the spirit, all loving kids and God.
Natalie Young

YMCP provided a space for me to acknowledge the depth of my need, confront my fears, and begin to move forward in a new season of life and ministry. It was hard, and at times it hurt, but it was beautiful.
Kyle Holder

Being a part of the Women in Youth Ministry Cohort was a life-changing experience for me. As a veteran youth minister, it breathed new life into my ministry, empowered me to make significant changes in my personal and vocational life, and gifted me with connections to others in youth ministry that I will always treasure. 
Sharon Hilliard

As a young youth minister, I lacked confidence, and I felt like I had little sense of direction for my ministry and my personal vocation. YMCP provided me with community, support, and the training that I needed to thrive in youth ministry. Our youth ministry now operates from a values-based approach to lead students to Jesus. 
C.J. Lord

We’d love to have you join one of our YMCP cohorts and connect with a community of youth workers who will walk with you as you focus on your personal growth, your skills as a  youth worker, and the impact on the ministry you work with.

Cohorts are currently forming across the country: 
Level 1 in Denver, Dallas / Fort Worth, Orlando, Atlanta, Northern Indiana

Level 2 in Northern Indiana, Virginia, and North Carolina

We also have unique cohorts for Women in Youth Ministry, one in partnership with Fuller Youth Institute / Tenx10 in San Diego, and an Online Only group. 

To learn more details about each cohort, visit our coaching page

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Total Family Ministry

This huge collection of digital resources is designed to help strengthen the families in your church from David and Kathy Lynn.

The hundreds of resources included could be used in many ways. Here are some of the directions you could go:

Parenting Faith
Empower, equip, and encourage parents to be more intentional about passing on their Christian faith to their children, including teenagers, by practicing the Five Faith Promises.

• Grandparenting Faith
Implement an effective grandparenting faith ministry …get an initiative going and growing that helps grandparents pass on their Christian faith to their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

• Faith Make-n-Takes
Six quick and easy cross†generational activities that families can create in the church building to use at home. Your youth lead these activities.

• MarriagEnergizers
A MarriagEnergizers ministry provides you with resources to strengthen marriages in Christ. Your youth can partner with a married couple as they encourage couples in their marriage.

• Families Together
A monthly gathering of families (excluding December and July), including singles and seniors, who play, pray, grow, and serve together. Youth lead all the family sessions.

Get Total Family Ministry today to make supporting the families in your church easier.

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    Total Family Ministry
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Mumblr — free screen game

Marko here. I found a simple little screen game I created a few years ago and played it with my small group last night. Nothing fancy. I called it Mumblr; the goal is simply for students to phonetically say the phrases on the screen and try to shout out the correct answer. Feel free to make it your own, design-wise and/or content-wise.

The Powerpoint and a PDF version are here in this dropbox folder:

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Youth Worker Coaching Cohorts Actively Filling

The Youth Cartel believes that a healthy, vibrant youth ministry needs a healthy, vibrant youth worker. To that end, we developed the Youth Ministry Coaching Program to stretch your thinking and help you grow as a whole person. With more than 650 graduates, mostly in cohorts of 10 people, we’ve seen amazing transformation, both at a personal level and in the practice of this amazing calling to teenagers.

We are currently working to fill the following cohorts. Reach out directly to me (marko at theyouthcartel dot com) if you would like more info. Or go to the coaching page to download an overview brochure.

Women’s cohort (Level 1, hybrid cohort with 2 in-person meetings and 4 online meetings)

Denver (Level 1)

Dallas/Fort Worth (Level 1)

Northern IN (Level 1 and Level 2)

North GA UMC (Level 1, open to Methodist youth workers in the North GA Conf)

Northern VA (Level 2)

Charlotte (Level 2)

TENx10 San Diego (This cohort, in partnership with the Fuller Youth Institute, combines The Youth Cartel’s form with training content from FYI)

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2022 Youth Worker Well-Being Report

Recent data collected by The Youth Cartel and Jeremiah Project suggests more than four out of ten youth workers are considering moving on, or have moved on in the past two years. This suggests that what Barna’s recent pastor poll showed is likely also true of youth workers: Youth workers are currently in crisis and at risk of burnout.

In November of 2021, Barna research published the results of a Pastor’s Well-Being Survey. Their summary paragraph reads:

Recent data collected from Barna’s pastor poll indicate that U.S. pastors are currently in crisis and at risk of burnout. Notably, in 2021 alone, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of pastors who are thinking about quitting ministry entirely.

Upon seeing these results, Todd Freneaux, Executive Director of Jeremiah Project, contacted Mark Oestreicher of The Youth Cartel with the idea of partnering on a similar study, but of full-time youth workers. Marko had a sense, from his interactions with youth workers, that the levels of burn-out and weariness would be mirrored or even greater among youth workers.

480 people completed the survey (we asked that they were either currently employed full time as a youth worker, or had been at some point in the prior two years). All responses were self-reported.

If you would like to read the complete report, CLICK HERE to request your copy.

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Coming Soon: A Faith of Their Own

At this point, it goes without saying that the number of young people in the church is shrinking. Countless studies and books have examined this trend and proffered helpful theories and next steps. But have all of the contributing factors been identified?

Maybe not. In A Faith of Their Own, longtime youth worker Nathan Wheeler looks at an as-yet-unexplored possibility: theology. Wheeler examines what theology we commonly teach in our youth ministries, often by default more than intention, and how that theology can be inadvertently detrimental to the church participation of younger generations.

This helpful and challenging book will guide youth workers to think deeply and explore new strategies, all in the pursuit of helping the young people in our ministries grow a compelling, challenging, and robust faith they’ll choose to engage with throughout their entire lives.

Order today and save with our pre-release special. (Offer ends Jan 19, 2022)

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Now in year five, The National Youth Pastor Compensation Survey has had well over 5,000 respondents over its lifetime. The survey is brought to you by Chemistry Staffing, in association with The Youth Cartel and

This year, we had 775 respondents, with 680 of them self-classifying as full-time. For our purposes, full-time is defined as being regularly scheduled for 30 hours or more per week.

Click HERE to get your copy of the complete report.

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Santa Has a Gift For You

At The Youth Cartel we are so thankful for each and every one of you who serve students. It might be your full-time job or you may serve as a volunteer, but we know teenagers are being shown the love of Jesus because of you.

We have a special Christmas gift just for you. You can download one of our favorite resources for FREE – Every Picture Tells a Story (a $25 value). 

Every Picture Tells a Story: 2013 Edition

Click HERE to sign up to get your Cartel Christmas gift. 

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NEW Discipleship Tools From YouthScape

We are super excited about these new products from our friends at YouthScape. They have been innovating youth ministry in the UK for over 25 years and we are so happy to be their exclusive partner to make these available in the United States. These resources can help challenge your students to grow in the faith while becoming stronger as a group. 

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    Youthscape Shuffle
  • Youthscape Dice
    Youthscape Dice
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    Youthscape Bricks