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Good News Curriculum in the Wild

A group in Phoenix sharing their learnings from the week 1 experiment

It’s been about a month since Jon Huckins and I published Good News in the Neighborhood: A 6-Week Curriculum for Groups. Jon and I worked for months and months, pouring our hearts and hours of our lives into those lessons. And it’s been exhilarating to hear feedback as groups begin to using it.

Here’s some feedback from Lucas in Florida:

I  Wanted to email you and tell you that we are in week 2 of “Good News in the Neighborhood” and it has been fantastic so far. The homework each week is really great for the students, and I am really looking forward to how the Lord will use the curriculum to stretch us to be the Gospel wherever we find ourselves. 

Also, I took a picture of our homework from week 1. Instead of noting characteristics, I assigned the task to look for people, places, or things that need an encounter with the Good News of Jesus. Then I gave the students sticky notes and told them to write them down and put them on the wall, as a visual reminder of the need for Good News among us. 

An example of an exercise from week one from Lucas in Largo, Florida

Then there’s the stuff we spot on Twitter:

@YouthCartel The more I think about being good news to neighbors, the more I love it. using your curriculum w/ whole church this summer. ~ @beckydurham

Hey there @mclanea and @YouthCartel… Tonight your wonderful Good News curriculum gets let loose on a community in East Auckland NZ. YAY!!! ~ @alronberg

Have you checked out the Good News curriculum? If not, go here to download a free sample right now!

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Welcome to The Youth Cartel!

Watch this first!

Today is a big day for us here at The Youth Cartel. Even though we’ve been around for a few months now, we’d merely been a one-man show. Not much of a cartel, actually. But today we can announce that starting very soon, Adam McLane will be joining Marko as a partner in The Youth Cartel. Two is almost a cartel, right?

Really, as we’ve talked and dreamed about what we could do together, we kept coming back to one thing: we were both passionate about raising up new voices in youth ministry. We had a bunch of meetings, drew all over a bunch of flip chart pages, sent each other a hundred emails and a thousand text messages, chatted on gmail chat, and passed draft documents back and forth with google docs. What came out of this dreaming and praying is a vision to serve and resource the world of youth ministry in new ways.

We’re going to do this in four areas:

  • coaching and consulting
  • gatherings
  • innovative resource development
  • and marketing services

We’re also planning on providing versions of these for both individual youth workers, as well as organizations. So, for individual youth workers, coaching means the Youth Ministry Coaching Program. For organizations, we’re helping churches and ministries understand and connect with the world of youth ministry. For gatherings, we’ll continue to offer ourselves as event speakers, as well as launching a series of unique youth ministry events. For innovative resource development, we’ll soon be providing youth workers with revolutionary and unique digital resources, written by voices you need to hear from; and we’ll serve ministries and other organizations by developing resources on their behalf. Marketing services, for the individual youth worker includes coaching and technical help on blogs and other social media platforms; and for organizations, this includes a wide variety of services from website development to social media campaigns.

We want to be clear about something: this isn’t about us. This is about finding a way to elevate the voices and ideas of a new generation of youth workers from the fringes. This is about promoting new youth ministry voices to the world we know and love, and about helping organizations connect with the amazing tribe of youth workers.

You’ll see lots of great new stuff rolling out in the months to come, adding to the work we’re already doing. You’ll see resources and new events, new email lists (with helpful, free stuff!), and a short-and-sweet podcast. You’ll see creative partnerships, and cool opportunities for engagement.

For now, we’d love you to become a part of The Cartel. You can connect with us in a few ways:

  • “Like” our new Facebook page here. That’s a place where you can stay up to date on new stuff, youth ministry discussions, and a community of people who understand you.
  • Follow our Twitter feed here. We won’t annoy you with tweets about what we’re eating or the location of our oil change, promise.
  • Sign up for our e-newsletters here. Our first, YouTube You Can Use, will launch in September, and provide you with a weekly link to a YouTube video, as well as creative ways to use it. Other e-newsletters will follow.
  • Add The Youth Cartel blog to your reader. In addition to Marko’s and Adam’s blogs, The Youth Cartel blog will be a place for conversation and revolutionary ideas.

Oh, and we’d sure appreciate it if you would tweet, Facebook, blog, or Google+ about all of this!

We’d love to hear from you. Let us know if you have ideas for us, or other ways you’d like to connect. Leave a comment below! With your help, we’re hoping we can Instigate a Revolution in Youth Ministry.