Paying for Your Cohort

If you can’t pay for the cohort in full right away, welcome to the club! We’ve seen people get very creative about when and how to pay for the entire cohort cost. Here’s a few best practices:

  • Pray! If you’re supposed to be a part of it, God will find the money for you.
  • Ask your church, denominational conference, or another organization to help you fund the cohort cost and/or travel expenses.
  • Split the cost of the cohort over two budget years.
  • See if your church will allow you to cover the cost from multiple line items in your budget.

We will really do our best to help you make it happen. Let’s talk!

Basic Travel, Accommodations, & Scheduling Info

Most cohort participants will require travel to/from the face-to-face meetings. We know that can be complicated but we make it as easy as possible. Here’s what you need to know.

  • Travel – The first day of meetings start at 8am, so you’ll need to arrive the evening before. The second day of meetings ends at 3:30pm so you can get on the road that night.
  • Accommodations – Every cohort is different but we will either have a specific place for you to stay at a reasonable cost or make a couple suggestions for you. You’ll pay for your room on your own.
  • Scheduling – We select the dates of our face-to-face and online meetings (where applicable) together using an online scheduler called Doodle. It’s very important that each participant selects every date remotely possible – not just convenient – so we can get us all together in a given month. But the cool part is, everyone has a voice in selecting the dates.

Sample Two Day Schedule

See also, Youth Ministry Coaching Program Overview

Day One

8:00 – 9:15 am Highs & Lows, Report on Homework
9:30 – 11:00 am Teaching and interaction on a youth ministry subject
11:15 am – 12:00 pm Personal Sharing
12:00 – 2:30 pm
  • Lunch break (on your own)
  • Personal coaching sessions with coach
  • Spiritual direction appointments
2:30 – 3:15 pm Focused Input: cohort participant
3:25 – 4:10 pm Focused Input: cohort participant
4:25 – 5:00 pm Quick Input Blocks
5:30 – 6:00 pm Break
6:00 – 7:30 pm Dinner Together

Day Two

8:00 – 9:00 am Reflection and Prayer
9:15 – 11:00 am Teaching and interaction on a leadership subject
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Book Discussion
12:00 – 2:30 pm
  • Lunch break (on your own)
  • Personal coaching sessions with coach
  • Spiritual direction appointments
2:30 – 3:15 pm Focused Input: cohort participant
3:30 – 3:45 pm Homework Assignments

Note: You can download a PDF of this document, it’s attached here.

Cohort History of the Youth Ministry Coaching Program

As of 2017, the Youth Ministry Coaching Program has graduated over 410 youth workers all over the US and Canada.

Here’s a history of past cohorts

2010

2010 San Diego cohort (9 participants)
2010 Nashville cohort (10 participants)

2011

2011 NC, UMC cohort (10 participants)
2011 Nashville cohort (10 participants)
2011 San Diego cohort (10 participants)
2011 Texas, Episcopal Church cohort (10 participants)

2012

2012 Online cohort, west (5 participants)
2012 Online cohort, east (5 participants)
2012 Nashville cohort (10 participants)
2012 Calgary cohort (6 participants)

2013

2013 Detroit, custom cohort for a local church (4 participants)
2013 Online cohort, west (5 participants)
2013 Online cohort, east (5 participants)

2014

2014 SC, UMC cohort (10 participants)
2014 Women in Youth Ministry cohort (9 participants)
2014 NC, UMC cohort (10 participants)
2014 Pittsburgh, Presbyterian cohort (11 participants)
2014 Nashville cohort (9 participants)
2014 SoCal, Presbyterian cohort (10 participants)

2015

2015 San Diego cohort (10 participants)
2015 Women in Youth Ministry cohort (9 participants)
2015 Post-Christian Context cohort (7 participants)
2015 NC UMC (20 participants in 2 cohorts)

2016

2016 Women in Youth Ministry Cohort (9 participants)
2016 Nashville Level 2 Cohort (10 participants)
2016 North GA UMC Cohort (10 participants)
2016 SC Cohort (11 participants)
2016 NC UMC Cohort (12 participants)

2017

2017 Ministry Architects Cohort (10 participants)
2017 VA Cohort (10 participants)
2017 Northern IN Cohort (10 participants)
2017 Multi-Site Church Cohort (12 participants)
2017 NorCal Covenant Cohort (11 participants)
2017 Pittsburgh Cohort (11 participants)
2017 West Coast Level 2 Cohort (9 participants)
2017 NC UMC Cohort (11 participants)
2017 NC Level 2 Cohort (10 participants)
2017 North GA UMC Cohort (11 participants)
2017 Onramps Cohort (9 participants)

see a list a current and currently forming YMCP cohorts

Onramp Cohort

This 9-month online cohort is for newer youth workers to grow in essential ministry skills. We’ll have 6 monthly meetings (3 hours/meeting) plus four 1-on-1 coaching calls.

Format: 9 monthly meetings for 3 hours each plus four 1-on-1 Coaching calls
Price: $900
Coach: Adam McLane and one of our Certified Coaches, plus special guests including Mark Oestreicher
Launch Date: Date determined by when we reach 8 participants; but we hope this will be in late 2018.
Location: Online

What are the essentials you need to thrive in ministry and leadership? This 6-month online cohort is for newer youth workers to grow in essential ministry skills. We’ll have 6 monthly meetings (3 hours/meeting) plus three 1-on-1 coaching calls.

In this Onramp cohort you’ll receive practical training from youth ministry experts in…

  1. Identifying important mile markers your first year and second year of youth ministry
  2. Building a programming calendar, including developmentally appropriate events
  3. Teaching holistically and effectively
  4. Building a volunteer team
  5. Communicating with parents, volunteers, and staff
  6. Taking care of yourself

Cohort outcomes are: creating a personal development plan, determining necessary programming and key events, identifying communication rhythms and content, and discovering critical techniques and practices for holistic teaching in addition to all your customized homework.

This cohort meets online with 8 youth pastors from all over the country and will include some of the best aspects of YMCP including 1-on-1 coaching, required reading and book discussion, quick input blocks, and customized homework. You’ll also have access to ALL of our online Cartel Courses while you are participating.

Program cost is $900. For more info and questions, contact us. Apply for the Onramp Cohort at https://theyouthcartel.com/coaching/.

Nonprofit Ministry Leader Cohort

Overview 

Nonprofit leaders serving youth ministry organizations find themselves in critical and unique leadership positions, dealing with complexities and issues that are foreign to most church-based youth workers. These leaders often struggle to find meaningful growth opportunities that acknowledge the uniqueness of their roles, as most youth ministry training and growth opportunities are focused on youth workers employed by churches.

Critical thinking and theological reflection are extremely important for nonprofit leaders who don’t merely want to perpetuate the way things have been done in the past. However, thinking and reflection are merely one portion (though a significant one) of what will help leaders stay true to their calling and also grow in maturity and effectiveness. Emotional, relational, and spiritual health are essential to long-term growth and impact. YMCP is designed to provide an opportunity for critical reflection and discussion of youth ministry and leadership issues, but also to provide a safe place to experience holistic growth. And the Nonprofit Ministry Leader Cohort will provide a space where learning and growth occurs with a group of other leaders who face similar contexts and issues.

In most ways, this program will surpass the training that can be offered by seminars and conventions. It will even surpass the experience of formal education. This is specifically due to the structure of the program (a small cohort with accountability, safety and shared shaping of the content), as well as the content of the program (thoughtful youth ministry and leadership dialogue, real life application, customized personal development, emotional honesty, and spiritual direction).

Since YMCP launched in 2010, we’ve seen over 400 youth workers from a dozen denominations graduate from the program, and the results of have been astounding. Regardless of their age (from 21-60 years old) or experience in youth ministry (from one year to three decades), the ramifications of YMCP have resulted in profound personal and Kingdom impact.

Expected Outcomes 

After completing Youth Ministry Coaching Program, participants will have had the following experiences and opportunities:

  • Participants will grow in understanding their strengths and weaknesses, how these impact their leadership, ministry, and personal life, and how to lead in their strengths and manage their weaknesses in healthy ways.
  • They will experience new spiritual growth and insight as they safely process their own journey and the integration of their personal lives with their professional lives.
  • Cohort members will receive training on a wide variety of youth ministry and leadership issues, with an opportunity for dialogue and contextual application.
  • Cohorts are customizable based on participants’ input and unique needs.
  • Participants will develop life-long peer relationships of trust and accountability.
  • They will read books in preparation for every gathering, discuss them, and determine action steps for their lives and ministries.
  • Each member will have opportunities to share ministry questions and needs to the group in areas of their own choosing, with feedback and recommendations from the group.
  • They will work through a series of self-selected homework assignments, with input from the group, and report back on their progress.
  • Participants will have one personal coaching session per month with a trained and certified 1on1 coach (some in person and some via phone).
  • Some cohorts include provide spiritual direction sessions at every cohort gathering with a trained spiritual director.

Each participant will receive a Certificate of Completion upon finishing the program. YMCP graduates will join the growing community of intentionally developed youth workers and will have access to ongoing relationship, training, and opportunities.

Structure and Details of this Cohort

  • Keeping in mind the busy schedules of nonprofit ministry leaders, this cohort will follow our “hybrid” approach: three in-person meetings of two full days, and three online meetings of three hours.
  • We’re tentatively thinking that our face-to-face meetings will take place in Nashville, chosen for its central location; but we are open to shifting the location if a predominance of participants is weighted to a particular geography.
  • Accepted participants will have an opportunity to speak into the actual meeting dates, but once set, the dates will not be flexible.
  • Each face-to-face meeting will be two days. DAY 1: begins at 8am and continues through dinner. DAY 2: begins at 8am and ends by 3:30pm.
  • In addition to the group meetings, participants will be provided a private social networking site for updates, prayer, questions, and dialogue. This will also be a place for active participation in helping each other with practical issues in youth ministry, and your coach will be involved regularly in giving input and feedback.
  • Each participant will be scheduled for a 30-minute coaching session with their coach at each of the group meetings, and will schedule a phone coaching session in between the group meetings.
  • Mark Oestreicher, partner in The Youth Cartel, and the creator of the Youth Ministry Coaching Program, will function as the lead coach for this cohort.
  • We hope to launch this cohort in August or September of 2018; but actual launch date is dependent on filling the cohort with 10 participants.

Application Process and Costs

  • The full program cost for this cohort is $2500. Costs not included are: travel, meals, accommodations, and a handful of books. The Youth Cartel is very flexible with payment plans. To complete your application and lock in your spot with a $100 deposit, go to www.youthcartel.com/coaching.

Cohorts Currently Forming

Pacific NW

Format: full or hybrid, TBD based on interest
Price: $2500 – $3000
Coaches: Mark Oestreicher and Robb Gossen
Launch Date: launch (and other variables) are based on interest, but likely late 2018 or early 2019.
Location: Seattle WA

 

Chicago Presbyterian

Note: This cohort is limited to PC(USA) youth workers in Illinois and Indiana. To apply for this cohort, contact us.

Format: full cohort — Six meetings of two days each. Ten 1-on-1 coaching sessions.
Price: $1500 (actual cost is $3000, but half scholarships are being provided by the Synod of Lincoln Trails. For funding info and to apply, click here: https://goo.gl/forms/QCfPiBl2rNxSV9D82)
Coaches: Mark Oestreicher, Rocky Supinger, and Joel DeMott
Launch Date: Late fall, 2018 or early 2019 (assuming we reach 10 participants)
Location: Chicago, IL

 

Chicago Ministry Architects

This is a unique cohort run in partnership with Ministry Architects. Participants get the best of both worlds — content and proven elements from the Cartel’s Youth Ministry Coaching Program, along with content and coaching from Ministry Architects.

Format: hybrid cohort — Three meetings of two days each, plus three online meetings of three hours each. Eight 1-on-1 coaching sessions.
Price: $2500
Coaches: Brian Wallace (The Youth Cartel) and Stephanie Caro (Ministry Architects)
Launch Date: Hoping to launch in Fall of 2018 or early in 2019
Location: Chicago suburbs

 

North Georgia UMC

Note: This cohort is limited to UMC youth workers in the North Georgia Conference. To apply for this cohort, contact Sam Halverson (shalverson@ngumc.org).

Format: full cohort — Six meetings of two days each. Ten 1-on-1 coaching sessions.
Price: $1500 (actual cost is $3000, but half scholarships will be available from the NGA Conference)
Coaches: Mark Oestreicher with Sam Halverson
Launch Date: early fall, 2018 (assuming we reach 10 participants)
Location: Dahlonega GA

 

Nashville

Format: full cohort — Six meetings of two days each. Ten 1-on-1 coaching sessions.
Price:  $3000
Coaches: Mark Oestreicher and Emily Robbins
Launch Date: Late 2018 or early 2019 (assuming we reach 10 participants)
Location: Nashville TN

 

Nonprofit Ministry Leader cohort

Format: hybrid cohort — Three face-to-face meetings of two days each, and three online meetings of three hours. Eight 1-on-1 coaching sessions.
Price: $2500
Coaches: Mark Oestreicher and 1on1 coach(es) TBD
Launch Date: TBD (a few months after we reach 10 participants)
Location: likely Nashville TN, but will consider geography of participants

For more information on this unique cohort, click here to download a PDF overview

 

Denver

Format: full cohort — Six meetings of two days each. Ten 1-on-1 coaching sessions.
Price: $3000

Coaches: Mark Oestreicher with Wes Trevor
Launch Date: early fall 2018 (assuming we reach 10 participants)
Location: Denver CO

 

Charlotte UMC

Note: This cohort is limited to UMC youth workers in the Western NC Conference. To apply for this cohort, contact us, and we’ll put you on an interest list for now).

Format: full cohort — Six meetings of two days each. Ten 1-on-1 coaching sessions.
Price: $0 (full $3000 cost of program is paid by the WNCC).
Coaches: Mark Oestreicher and a Cartel certified 1on1 coach.
Launch Date: late 2018 or very early 2019
Location: Gastonia GA

 

Onramps

This 9-month online cohort is for newer youth workers to grow in essential ministry skills. We’ll have 6 monthly meetings (3 hours/meeting) plus three 1-on-1 coaching calls. More information here

Format: 9 monthly meetings for 3 hours each plus four 1-on-1 Coaching calls
Price: $900
Coach: Adam McLane and one of our Certified Coaches, plus special guests including Mark Oestreicher.
Launch Date: date determined by when we reach 8 participants; but we hope this will be in late 2018.
Location: Online

Overview of the Youth Ministry Coaching Program

Youth Ministry Coaching Program 

Whole-life coaching focusing on transformation and youth ministry development

Overview 

Critical thinking and theological reflection are extremely important for youth workers who don’t merely want to perpetuate the way things have been done in the past. However, thinking and reflection are merely one portion (though a significant one) of what will help youth workers stay true to their calling and also grow in maturity and effectiveness. Emotional, relational, and spiritual health are essential to long-term impact. YMCP is designed to provide both an opportunity for critical reflection and discussion of youth ministry issues, but also to provide a safe place to experience holistic growth.

In most ways, this program will surpass the training that can be offered by seminars and conventions. It will even surpass the experience of formal education. This is specifically due to the structure of the program (a small cohort with accountability, safety and shared shaping of the content), as well as the content of the program (thoughtful youth ministry dialogue, real life application, customized personal development, emotional honesty, and spiritual direction).

Since YMCP launched in 2010, we’ve seen over 200 youth workers from nearly a dozen denominations graduate from the program, and the results of have been astounding. Regardless of their age (from 24-60 years old) or experience in youth ministry (from one year to three decades), the ramifications of YMCP have resulted in profound personal and Kingdom impact.

Expected Outcomes 

After completing Youth Ministry Coaching Program, participants will have had the following experiences and opportunities:

  • Participants will grow in understanding their strengths and weaknesses, how these
    impact their leadership, ministry, and personal life, and how to lead in their
    strengths and manage their weaknesses in healthy ways.
  • They will experience new spiritual growth and insight as they safely process their own journey and the integration of their personal lives with their professional lives.
  • Cohort members will receive training on a wide variety of youth ministry issues, with
    an opportunity for dialogue and contextual application.
  • Cohorts are customizable based on participants’ input and unique needs.
  • Participants will develop life-long youth ministry peer relationships of trust and accountability.
  • They will read books in preparation for every gathering, discuss them, and determine action steps for their lives and ministries.
  • Each member will have opportunities to share ministry questions and needs to the group in areas of their own choosing, with feedback and recommendations from the group.
  • They will work through a series of self-selected homework assignments, with input from the group, and report back on their progress.
  • Participants will have one personal coaching session per month with their cohort coach (some in person and some via phone).
  • Some cohorts include provide spiritual direction sessions at every cohort gathering with a trained spiritual director.

Each participant will receive a Certificate of Completion upon finishing the program. YMCP graduates will join the growing community of intentionally developed youth workers and will have access to ongoing relationship, training, and opportunities.

Application Process and Costs

You can review the application process and costs, and complete your application at www.youthcartel.com/coaching.

Structure of the Cohorts

  • Accepted participants will have an opportunity to speak into the actual meeting dates, but once set, the dates will not be flexible.
  • Each face-to-face meeting will be two days. DAY 1: begins at 8am and continues through dinner. DAY 2: begins at 8am and ends by 3:30pm.
  • In addition to the group meetings, participants will be provided a private social networking site for updates, prayer, questions, and dialogue. This will also be a place for active participation in helping each other with practical issues in youth ministry, and your coach will be involved regularly in giving input and feedback.
  • Each participant will be scheduled for a 30-minute coaching session with their coach at each of the group meetings, and will schedule a phone coaching session in between the group meetings.

Note: To download a PDF of this document as well as a sample 2-day schedule, click here