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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. 

  • Youthscape Shuffle
    Youthscape Shuffle
    $14.99
  • Youthscape Dice
    Youthscape Dice
    $14.99
  • Youthscape Bricks
    Youthscape Bricks
    $11.99

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Youth Leader Well-Being Survey

We have had this sense that a way larger than normal quantity of paid youth workers are:

  • Losing their jobs
  • Deciding it’s time to step out of vocational ministry
  • Thinking about stepping out of vocational ministry

And with the new data that came out from Barna reporting a huge spike in all pastors considering a move out of vocational ministry, we thought it might be helpful to take the pulse of our tribe. Our friend Todd Freneaux of The Jeremiah Project actually suggested this survey, and we immediately felt it could be helpful.

If you’re a paid youth worker (or have been at any time in the last two years), we’re asking you to take three minutes (really, it will not take long) and click-through two links:

  1. First, click here to take the completely anonymous survey.
  2. Then, if you’d like, click here to separately give us your name and email address (separately, so no one can connect your survey responses with your name or email), and we’ll send you a free copy of the results in January.

The survey will close on December 15 (but don’t put it off!).

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Announcing The Youth Cartel’s 2022 Mission Trips

bahama mission trip

It’s no secret that The Youth Cartel is a big fan of Praying Pelican Missions. There are plenty of wonderful organizations out there who can help you with your short-term mission trips. But PPM, in our opinion, stands apart. Their commitment to developing long-term relationships with local, indigenous church leaders, and serving under their leadership is unique, and helps avoid many of the problems that can be created when short-term missions is more…well…drive-by colonialism.

For 2022, we’re partnering again with PPM for two specific weeks. On those two weeks, Mark Oestreicher will be present, both to make sure your experience is the best, and to speak to your teenagers in the evening. We thought long and hard about locations for 2022, and have chosen two we’re pretty excited about: Abaco, Bahamas, and Kauai, Hawaii. To be clear, we did not choose these locations for their ‘exotic’ nature: we chose them based on needs.

Abaco is a lesser-visited island in The Bahamas, but one with dramatic needs, particularly in the wake of a horrible hurricane in 2019. We’ll partner with local church for a variety of wonderful ministry.

Then, while Kauai is certainly a beautiful location, the needs of the people who live there year ’round can be profound. We’ll be partnering with a wonderful church that has been active for years in serving their community.

Ask us any questions you might have. Or, for more info (including dates and pricing), click here.

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Why We Published “5 Views on the Future of Youth Ministry”

Marko shares the genesis behind our new book “5 Views of the Future of Youth Ministry.”

Step into the future and get your copy today!

  • 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

More about the book:

Is youth ministry thriving? Stagnant? Evolving? Dying? What does any of that mean for us as youth workers, or, more critically, for the young people we care about?

In this edition of our “multi-views” series, the chapters are authored by a group of youth ministry thought leaders. We asked them two key questions: What are the problems youth ministry currently faces? And what is the pathway forward? Each chapter represents a thoughtful, practical, and challenging viewpoint. At the end of each chapter, there is a sidebar from an in-the-trenches youth worker whose ministry is currently living out the future the chapter’s writer foresees.

We expect that the words of this book will cause you to rethink, to dream, and to question. There are no easy answers and one-size-fits-all solutions here. But we also believe that along with the challenges they bring to the forefront, these chapters will leave you with a sense of hope-filled possibility the future of youth ministry and the teenagers God calls us to love and care for.

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5 Minutes with Marko Season 2

5 minutes with marko podcast

We know you missed the 5 Minutes with Marko podcast over the summer break, but we are excited to let you know it will be returning next week. Look for new episodes on Tuesdays.

If you missed out on season 1 or want to go back and catch up, now is a great time.

New Realities for Teenagers Five Minutes with Marko

Marko identifies five new(er) cultural realities that are shaping teenagers, and different from the youth culture most of us grew up in.
  1. New Realities for Teenagers
  2. Honesty About Innovation
  3. Four Practices of Great Parent Ministry
  4. Four Types of Curriculum
  5. Emmanuel Year ’Round

You can subscribe to 5 Minutes with Marko in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or where ever you listen to your favorite podcasts. You can watch on YouTube.

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NEW: 5 Views on the Future of Youth Ministry

5 Views of the Future Promo

We are excited about our newest release 5 Views on the Future of Youth Ministry: Perspectives on What Could or Should Be. It releases Aug 1st, so take advantage of the pre-release special price.

About the book:

Mark Oestreicher, General Editor. Contributors: Chris Curtis, Kenda Creasy Dean, Mark DeVries, Tommy Nixon, Virginia Ward

Is youth ministry thriving? Stagnant? Evolving? Dying? What does any of that mean for us as youth workers, or, more critically, for the young people we care about?

In this edition of our “multi-views” series, the chapters are authored by a group of youth ministry thought leaders. We asked them two key questions: What are the problems youth ministry currently faces? And what is the pathway forward? Each chapter represents a thoughtful, practical, and challenging viewpoint. At the end of each chapter, there is a sidebar from an in-the-trenches youth worker whose ministry is currently living out the future the chapter’s writer foresees.

We expect that the words of this book will cause you to rethink, to dream, and to question. There are no easy answers and one-size-fits-all solutions here. But we also believe that along with the challenges they bring to the forefront, these chapters will leave you with a sense of hope-filled possibility the future of youth ministry and the teenagers God calls us to love and care for.

  • 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
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Learn Something New This Sumer

Summer can be a great time for some personal development. Maybe you want to learn more about the students you work with or some new skills you can put into practice this fall. These affordable courses or great for you or use them with your entire team. 

All Cartel Courses include videos and a discussion/application guide. 

  • Reframing Discipleship eCourse
    Reframing Discipleship eCourse
    $0.00
  • Understanding Teenage Brains
    Understanding Teenage Brains
    $14.99
  • Understanding Teenagers and Social Media
    Understanding Teenagers and Social Media
    $14.99
  • Communicating with Students, Parents, and Volunteers
    Communicating with Students, Parents, and Volunteers
    $9.99
  • Helping Teenagers in Crisis
    Helping Teenagers in Crisis
    $9.99
  • Crafting a Youth Ministry Resume
    Crafting a Youth Ministry Resume
    $4.99
  • Hiring 101
    Hiring 101
    $9.99
  • Quick Tips for Talking to Teenagers
    Quick Tips for Talking to Teenagers
    $4.99
  • Family and Ministry
    Family and Ministry
    $4.99
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5 Minutes with Marko Episode 9

5 Minutes with Marko Ep 9

LGBTQ Teens Need a Pastoral Response Over a Theological Response

“I’m not convinced there’s an actual increase in gay teenagers, or those wrestling with same-sex attraction or gender questions, in the average church. But there’s no question that youth workers all over the globe—whatever their church’s theology, or their own—are facing an exponential increase in questions from all fronts.”

To go deeper on ministry to LGBTQ teens, check out:

  • 4 Views on Pastoring LGBTQ Teenagers: Effective Ministry to Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer, and Questioning Students Among Us
    4 Views on Pastoring LGBTQ Teenagers: Effective Ministry to Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer, and Questioning Students Among Us
    $14.99