Because of all the information I learned through YMPC I totally changed how I did youth ministry at my church. I also did a lot of soul searching and came out with a better understanding of who I am and how God made me fit for the youth ministry I serve.
I joined this cohort thinking that it would be a season of professional development, and that was certainly true. What was an unexpected blessing was the incredible depths of personal growth I was encouraged to find. Our coaches were able to peer beyond the surface level persona I offered the world, and speak incredible truths about what the Spirit of God is up to in my life. I carry with me a newfound sense of confidence, resiliency, and leadership that I was unaware I was capable of. Anyone who is interested in being an outstanding youth pastor in addition to a complete and whole child of God should sign up today!
Being a new part-time and non-ordained youth worker, I went to the YMCP training with not much more expectation than networking with others doing similar work. I can’t express in words how much more YMCP is than that! The Cohort provided a safe environment for me to be wholly myself and realize that all weaknesses (personal and professional) are opportunities for growth. Mark-O and the coaches shared detailed, proven tools and insights along with both the space to explore the tools with the support and accountability for me to succeed. I gained exponential confidence in myself and my calling to be a youth worker. It has transformed the way we do youth ministry…it’s just awesome!
In YMCP, I was able to build relationships with both seasoned and new youth workers. I was able to receive valuable resources and tools to bring back to my church and help to move them forward. And I was able to be lifted up and challenged to be the best version of myself I can be.
YMCP helped me hone my ministry skills, but even more than that it helped me grow more holistically as a leader and a person. Through group processing and feedback as well as individual coaching I was challenged and supported to live fully into the person and leader that God is calling me to be.
For someone who has been in youth ministry for over 2 decades and has participated in many conferences, seminars, action teams, retreats, leadership training and so on…I have to say that the YMCP has been and should continue to be the most valuable experience for enhancing not only my leadership and ministry skills but also my ability to be a better spouse, father, and overall caregiver to others. By creating a space that allows each individual to explore their strengths, insecurities, triumphs, and failures the YMCP gives each participant the freedom to authentically reprioritize and challenge themselves and the ministries they serve. Any participant who takes this opportunity seriously and is open to growing personally and vocationally will be given a new sense of purpose, focus, enlightenment, and energy for where and how God is calling them to be used. The support and encouraging environment that is created through the fun and sustaining friendships provides an atmosphere that is ideal for idea sharing, constructive feedback, truth sharing, and certainly some “sneaky Jesus” moments. I strongly recommend this experience to anyone who is called to youth ministry whether you are new to your call or an old dog that has done and seen most everything. Engage the process fully and you will not be disappointed!
More. What is the Youth Cartel’s Youth Ministry Coaching Program? It’s more. It’s more than coaching. It’s more than a conference. It’s more than training. It’s the single richest program I have ever had the pleasure of going through in my professional life. It’s a deep dive into our wholeness as people, professionals and children of God. It’s worth every penny and ever second you dedicate to it.
A journey that may not have happened, but I am so glad it did. When beginning this journey, I had recently lost my job in Family Ministry (Children and Youth Ministry). I decided that to make my ministry better for the future this would be of great help and boy, did it ever. This experience was something amazing. I came in with a different situation than the others in my group yet, I never felt like I did not belong. Not only did I learn so much to help in my ministry and calling, but I also learned that with a strong faith I could overcome so many of the obstacles that came into my path, both in my professional and in my personal life. I have become a stronger person, deepened my faith, and made some wonderful friends along the way. I am so very thankful that I did not back out of this group and I will take all that I have learned from this Cohort wherever God may lead me.
My experience in the Level 2 Youth Ministry Coaching Cohort was a breath of fresh air. The opportunity to delve into thought provoking conversation with colleagues in youth ministry plus the opportunity to search deeper into my personal, professional, and spiritual life was priceless. Not only have I grown as a minister, but I’ve grown as a wife, a mother, and a friend. Our group in particular formed a bond that will last a lifetime. I am grateful to God for people to commune with in times of trial and in times of joy. The time and energy I invested in Level 2 will benefit me for a lifetime. The Youth Cartel offers a pretty special and powerful ministry to youth workers. I am thankful to be an alum of this awesome program.
It’s hard to pick out which part of YMCP has been most beneficial. Need some professional support? Expect it. Need some good folks to lean on? Get ready to meet them. Having a hard time with discernment, direction or purpose? Lean in and open your arms; it’s all here. If you want to move forward in any area of your life or ministry, YMCP will help. YMCP has given me the energy to run toward where I feel God calling, the strength to believe that uncomfortable may very well be exactly what my life needs, and the support and accountability I’ll need to keep my foot on the gas.