In ten years worth of youth ministry conventions and trainings, I have never come across one that offers both practical ministry skills and personal growth opportunity at its deepest level until I participated in The Youth Cartel’s Youth Ministry Coaching Program. After every session I left with immediately applicable skills that grew my ministry and stretched me professionally. In the same space, I found a safe and authentic community with my ministry peers – something I had only ever experienced once before. A year ago I walked into a room of *mostly* strangers and in a matter of months gained new brothers and sisters, all from vastly different walks of life and theological understandings. In them, I learned many invaluable things and stood witness to the work of the Divine in their lives. With Mark Oestreicher’s teachings and facilitation, together we learned how to dig deep and become our best selves – professionally and personally. The coaching and spiritual direction sessions included in the cohort forced me to take a deeper look at myself and how I interact with the Living God, simultaneously shaping my ministry and my heart.
I will forever be grateful to my church, my partner, and my friends for making this experience happen. It’s incredible how much impact one year of training can have.
– Audrua Malvaez