Participating in The Youth Cartel cohorts is one of the greatest ways that you can grow and develop not only your ministry but yourself. This is a holistic experience that will nurture your mind, body, and soul in a way that is real, authentic, and vulnerable. It is a place where you can ask the questions you have always wanted to about church/ministry/teenagers, because you are sitting with people who get it! They know what ministry is truly about, and they will encourage and support you far beyond your time in cohort. You will become family.
After witnessing the fruit of participating in a YMCP Cohort I jumped into the Advanced Coaching training following the advice of Mark Oestreicher. Practically everything about this opportunity was new to me and I had no idea what to expect. The Center for Advanced Coaching provided me with an invaluable skill which has truly enhanced my ability as a pastor. You will find that this experience will help you to unlock your own potential as you learn how to help others do the same. I have found this training to be helpful in management and facilitation of leadership within my ministry context. Through advanced coaching you can learn how to help someone discern and become the unique person God made them to be, to unlock their potential! Perhaps the coolest thing about coaching within the context of ministry is the potential it has to more fully realize the vision of the Body of Christ.
I have served full time in youth ministry for 12 years and throughout that time I have always taken advantage of professional growth opportunities which have come my way. The opportunity to be in a YMCP cohort proved to be quite possibly the best thing I could have done to continue to develop my professional edge in youth ministry. I found this approach to be efficient and extremely effective which is a rarity in most ministry settings. I wish grad school could’ve been as fruitful. I discovered a practical, challenging, and personally effective approach to training and development that has launched me into a new fresh season of ministry. Get more for your money and invest in yourself and your ministry with The Youth Cartel!!
Participation in a cohort with The Youth Cartel is an active choice to fully engage in your personal and professional ministry life. It’s choosing to acknowledge the beauty in your life. It’s leaning into the yucky, messy parts that we want to hide. Yes, you’ll learn skills and collect tools to be a better youth pastor, but maybe more importantly, you’ll refine your identity and become a better follower of Jesus.
I casually stumbled onto Youth Ministry Coaching Program opportunity and loved every moment of it. YMCP is a sweet blend of ministry training, leadership development, genuine community building, and personal growth. Time after time I have found it emotionally refreshing, intellectually challenging, and soul soothing. The one-on-one coaching time with Mark Oestreicher, who has an abundance of experience and wisdom in the youth ministry field, is an invaluable opportunity for anyone in ministry. I highly recommend the YMCP to any and every youth worker. It’s worth every minute and dollar.
The Youth Ministry Coaching Program has been an incredibly enriching experience in my life. The amount of growth that I have accomplished in the last year as a leader, minister to youth and more importantly as a person have everything to do with being a part of the YMCP program. The bond that is facilitated by Marko between the participants in the group allows for deep trust and accountability to develop and create authentic friendship and personal growth for all those involved.
When I was a kid, I remember an amusement park that had a Tide Pool, an artificial pool with fake waves for kids to play in. My first years in ministry whittled my identity into this type of fabricated wave pool. YMCP was a tidal wave of the ocean, stripping away the fabricated mess I’d become and helping me rediscover my identity. YMCP has given me back my individuality as a person and a leader.
The cohort became an incredibly valuable and motivating space for me. It was an expectedly great place to learn, an unusually safe place to share, and a surprisingly rich connection with new and inspiring friends. I want to say I’m in Marko’s debt for this awesome experience, but I paid for it, and it was worth it.
This last year in YMCP was critical to my health, my soul, my passion, my intentionality, and my connection to ministry. Aside from the learning and the connection to others, the space that was created to process was unlike anything I have been a part of. As one who often feels like an outlier in the church world, it was a joy to hone in and sharpen what makes me unique, weird, and a kingdom bringer. This has been the most impactful tool in my ministry journey so far. The strategic and intentional format allowed for me as an introvert to thrive, share, be honest, learn, move forward, speak truth and have truth spoken to in a safe yet challenging environment.
YMCP was been the BEST possible investment in my career. I had NO idea how isolated I’d been until I started meeting with like-minded people doing the same thing I was doing. If you want to give your work a SERIOUS upgrade, join YMCP!