what is tenX10?

TENx10 is a major collaborative effort, spearheaded by Fuller Youth Institute, involving dozens of denominations, parachurch and youth ministry resourcing organizations, all with the goal of making faith matter more for millions of teenagers. (If you’ve not yet heard of TENx10, that’s understandable since the public launch is scheduled for fall of 2022; but poke around on their website to learn more.)

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The Youth Cartel is partnering with TENx10 to pilot two coaching cohorts, combining the process the Cartel has developed over a decade of leading the Youth Ministry Coaching Program with the excellent training content coming out of TENx10 that focuses on the seven areas of the Discipleship Roadmap. Participants in these two pilot cohorts will receive individualized help and community, a high-level of safety and growth in self-knowledge, and an excellent combination of online training and in-person meetings.

Each cohort will meet six times throughout 2022—every other month. Meetings 1, 3 and 6 will be 2-day meetings, in-person. Meetings 2, 4 and 5 will be three-and-a-half hour online meetings. Participants will have prep for each meeting, culled from TENx10’s engaging and proven training, while cohort meetings will process this training and provide other aspects of the Youth Ministry Coaching Program’s tried-and-true growth and transformation process. Each participant will also receive seven 1on1 coaching sessions with a certified youth ministry coach.

Both cohorts will be led by Mark Oestreicher, founder and partner at The Youth Cartel, and creator of the Youth Ministry Coaching Program.

Our hope is to launch both cohorts early in 2022, with all meeting dates collaboratively chosen by that cohort’s ten participants (meetings will take place on weekdays).

COHORT options

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This cohort will have its in-person meetings in San Diego, and is open to applications from any youth worker (church or parachurch, paid or volunteer). 

Thanks to the generous help of donors, the cost of this cohort is reduced from $2500 to $900 per person.


Hold on; we’ve got a 2nd cohort with a different location and a particular denominational focus. Hopefully we’ll update this space in the coming days!

For both cohorts, the cost covers all aspects of the program, except travel costs, accommodations and meals.

Meet YOUR COACH: mark oestreicher

Mark Oestreicher has been involved in church ministry his whole life, particularly with teenagers and youth workers. Marko has had a broad experience working in churches in roles ranging from Junior High Pastor to Executive Pastor. For 11 years, Marko was at Youth Specialties in San Diego, an organization that trains and equips church youth workers – the last 8 of those years as president. Concurrently, Marko was also a part of the leadership team of Zondervan (Grand Rapids, MI).

Marko has authored or contributed to more than 70 books, including the much-talked-about Youth Ministry 3.0. Marko is a partner in The Youth Cartel, providing resources, training and coaching for church youth workers.

Marko has been married to Jeannie for 34 years, and has two young adult children, Riley and Max.

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