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How to be the Best Volunteer Youth Worker in the History of the World

We are super excited about this new book coming out from Kurt Johnston. Marko sat down with him to get the scoop.

Order your copies by Aug 4 to take advantage of our pre-release savings.

How to be the Best Volunteer Youth Worker in the History of the World

From the back cover:

When it comes to the teenagers in our ministries, giving our best matters. The reason why is simple: “Getting better at youth ministry is worth the effort because teenagers are worth the effort,” writes veteran youth worker Kurt Johnston. With that in mind, he put together this compact, practical, and approachable book for youth ministry volunteers, brimming with insights and wisdom from his decades in youth ministry—including some memorable and hilarious stories of the mistakes that taught him along the way.

Broken down into ten essential topics, the contents here apply to all youth ministry volunteers, whether you’ve been involved for decades or days, and regardless of your age, gender, or the square footage and general awesomeness of your youth space. A roster of seasoned volunteer youth workers provide commentary to round out each chapter, offering perspectives and important lessons learned from their individual contexts.

Whether you read these words on your own or collectively with others on your youth ministry team, who knows: what you find here just might help you become the best volunteer youth worker in the history of the world!

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Early Reviews of Masterpiece

Early reviews of Masterpiece by Paul MartinMasterpiece, by Paul Martin, is now shipping. The Youth Cartel and our distributors fulfilled orders from all over the country. Here’s a few reviews that have been posted on Amazon and the iTunes iBookstore.

The Relationship of Art by Brooke Wilson on Amazon

Paul Martin brings to the surface the true art of getting to the heart of students in youth ministry. His unique way of discipleship is like none I’ve seen before. He emphasizes the importance of spending time with youth and reaching beneath what an average teenager may tell you in an everyday conversation; he turns “My day was okay” into “I’m struggling and need a hug.” Paul’s main focus is to not rely on outcomes, but rely on process. Outcomes lead to failure and process leads to hope and perseverance. The tools Paul suggests in getting to know a student allow for independent relationships for a discipler to come to know the student as a created masterpiece in Christ; it is Christ who created them and a descipler’s job to just help reveal that. The process he suggests seems unachievable, but as his one of his youth, I have seen it applied and with the encouragement he gives in the book there is proof that it is possible to build these relationships. This book is a must for anyone interested in discipleship whether it be for a teen or an adult and also for anyone interested in strengthening their relationships with family and friends.

 The Art of Relationship by rbwilson2 via iTunes

Paul Martin brings to the surface the true art of getting to the heart of students in youth ministry. His unique way of discipleship is like none I’ve seen before. He emphasizes the importance of spending time with youth and reaching beneath what an average teenager may tell you in an everyday conversation; he turns “My day was okay” into “I’m struggling and need a hug.” Paul’s main focus is to not rely on outcomes, but rely on process. Outcomes lead to failure and process leads to hope and perseverance. The tools Paul suggests in getting to know a student allow for independent relationships for a discipler to come to know the student as a created masterpiece in Christ; it is Christ who created them and a descipler’s job to just help reveal that. The process he suggests seems unachievable, but as his one of his youth, I have seen it applied and with the encouragement he gives in the book there is proof that it is possible to build these relationships. This book is a must for anyone interested in discipleship whether it be for a teen or an adult and also for anyone interested in strengthening their relationships with family and friends.

Great Book by Shawn Kiger via iTunes

I really love the heart of this book. Creating disciples of Jesus Christ is our job as youth workers. But as Paul writes only God can do that. And I love this, our job is to walk with them through the process. In walking with them we are guiding them and showing them what a disciple looks like. A program can’t do that. Thank you Paul for writing this book. I recommend it to all youth workers and sr. Pastors!

Masterpiece is available at the Cartel store, Simply Youth Ministry, Amazon, and iTunes.

Have you read Paul Martin’s new book, Masterpiece? If so, post a review online and send us the link!

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2 New Books Available in our Store

We just added two brand new books to our bookstore and they are available for purchase immediately. Each is available in a print & digital edition. 

A Parent's Guide to Understanding Teenage Girls

A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Teenage Girls by Marko & Brooklyn Lindsey – $6.99

Change is an inevitable part of life. So why are most of us parents shocked and surprised when our daughters change in unexpected, dramatic, significant ways once they hit the teen years? Girls go through their most dramatic developmental changes during adolescence. And they need parents to be there, just as present and involved as when our little girls were, well, still little girls!

As you read through the pages of A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Teenage Girls, veteran youth workers Brooklyn Lindsey and Mark Oestreicher will help you re-examine some assumptions and misunderstandings about this season of life. Then, from a place of trust in God, you will gain a fresh perspective on who your daughter is and who she’s becoming.

This book explores the major changes of adolescence, the influence of parents and friends, the onslaught of feelings and how to respond, and the significance of celebrating milestones in a girl’s life.

A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Teenage Girls will offer wisdom, insight, and encouragement to respond well, react wisely, and engage effectively. This book is also an ideal resource to prepare you and your daughter for the impending season of change and transformation, if you aren’t there quite yet.

Print version

Digital version

A Parent's Guide to Understanding Teenage GuysA Parent’s Guide to Understanding Teenage Guys by Marko & Brock Morgan

“Brock and Marko have written a comprehensive, practical, and truly helpful book on the complicated struggle that our boys experience on their way to becoming the men God wants them to be. As a mother of one of these exasperating, wonderful creatures (whom I adore in spite of both of us) I highly recommend it.”—Katie Lee Gifford

God wants to do amazing things in your son’s life—and wants you to play an integral role in that adventure. Raising a son to become a God-honoring man is no easy task. It’s complex, it’s dynamic, and it requires a lifetime of investment. But authors Brock Morgan and Mark Oestreicher know it can be done—confidence that’s rooted in their individual journey of faith and in their experience as longtime youth workers.

A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Teenage Guys will help you discover insights on shepherding your son, preparing him to take the reins of his life, and helping him confront the extreme struggles every guy faces—such as loneliness, anger, lust, apathy, and technology. They can pursue a life that challenges the values of our culture and experience a life lived for God.

This book will enlighten, encourage, and equip you as a parent. And if you’re a youth worker, you’ll want to put this book into the hands of parents of the young men in your ministry as you walk alongside them.

Print version

Digital version