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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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Introducing 1-on-1 Coaching

Every now and then you need someone outside your daily world to look at your life and ministry with fresh eyes. Sometimes you feel stuck in your current reality, other times there’s a problem you aren’t sure how to navigate. Sometimes you are wondering what’s your next step forward. Other times you’re experiencing a ceiling that you’re not sure how to break through.

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YMCP Cohorts We’re Filling

Whole-life Coaching Focusing on Transformation and Youth Ministry Development

The Youth Ministry Coaching Program will rock your world, build you up as a leader, and provide all sorts of insights and opportunities for transformation. With more than 250 graduates, we’re more convinced than ever about the power and value of this program.

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How the Youth Ministry Coaching Program Impacted a Whole Church

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:

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How I Grew in the Youth Ministry Coaching Program

Slide1Recently, at the closing meeting of one of our Youth Ministry Coaching Program cohorts, I (Marko) was having participants reflect on growth they’d seen in themselves over our year together. One of the participants had written the following statement, and read it to us. I asked her if i could share it publicly (making it anonymous, since it refers to some conflict in her church), and she graciously agreed.

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New Cohorts of the Youth Ministry Coaching Program Forming

Youth Ministry Coaching Program cohorts forming

This week, we’ve posted two amazing testimonies from YMCP graduates (see here and here). We continue to be overwhelmed by the impact of the Youth Ministry Coaching Program. It’s been a wonderful road over these last five years:

  • Launched in 2010 with 9 people in the first cohort
  • Cohorts held in 10 cities in the US and Canada
  • Over 250 youth workers have graduated
  • Participants have been full-time, part-time and volunteers in both church and non-profit roles
  • Participants have come from a dozen different denominations
  • Ages from 24-60+ years old; nearly 90% of participants are between 27-44 years old
  • Experience between 1 year and 30+ years in youth ministry
  • From churches with an attendance of less than 100 people to over 20,000 people
  • Nearly a third of participants have been women, including 2 “women’s only” cohorts

For 2016, we’re hoping to launch 6 or 7 cohorts (in addition to the 5 current cohorts that will spill into 2016):

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I was pushed, prodded and challenged at every turn

As we look into 2016, we’re excited to launch coaching cohorts in Northern Indiana and near Greenville, South Carolina. 

For more information and to apply, visit

Here’s what one of our graduates, Wes Trevor, gained from his experience in YMCP…

As I sat in the circle facing my peers, anticipating the words to be shared, I became nervous.  I was participating in the final cohort of my Youth Ministry Coaching Program with Marko at the helm and we were sharing our affirmations and challenges with each other.  One by one, some of the best compliments I had ever received were shared.  The final words were shared by Marko based on how our year had gone together. I wasn’t sure what to expect. He had pushed, prodded and challenged me at every turn.  And his final words were no different. The paraphrase was something along the lines of “if you can figure out how to keep your arrogance in check, you will be a great pastor one day” (Definitely the PG paraphrase). And it was just the motivation that I needed.

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