I have really enjoyed my time in this cohort! As someone in her first full time youth ministry position, having the support system has been wonderful! I have met some awesome people and learned so much about myself! The cohort gives you the tools you need to develop yourself as a leader. It also gives you the framework you need to grow a stronger, more faithful ministry. I’m grateful to the Youth Cartel and Ministry Architects for creating the space that is so desperately needed for those of us in youth ministry. I know that I am surrounded by other faithful youth leaders that are going through the same struggles that I am. It’s such a blessing to know that we are in this together.
I’m a part-time youth minister at a small church, so the cost of the cohort was a little intimidating. But I knew God was leading me to participate, and wow, it’s been worth every penny and then some. The relationships I’ve formed have been such an encouragement, and the individualized coaching has given me the tools specific to my context that I’ve needed to increase my impact. Thank you Youth Cartel and Ministry Architects!
I have been in professional Youth Ministry for over 23 years. I have attended the traditional conferences and have found them adequate. I have heard of and have great respect for The Youth Cartel and Ministry Architects and when I found out I could get training from both of them at the same time, not only was I very happy, but so was my budget. Both organizations are known for the care and uplifting of Youth Workers, but only in this hybrid cohort do I get the best of both worlds, including personalized coaching and benefit from decades of research and development.
I’m not a wordsmith but the Cohort has been the visible presence of God’s redeeming work in the world in all it’s diversity, difficulty, and beauty. It is visionary and practical. It is empowering and equipping. It has literally been a life-line and a picture of God’s saving grace. Through the people and the work of this program, God has continued to save me personally and vocationally. Being back in youth ministry for the 1st time in a long time, and being in a totally new context this Cohort has been a part of keeping and sustaining me in the incredibly complex, ever-changing, joyful, and difficult work of youth ministry! I thank God for this program as it truly has been a life-saver.
I was really reluctant to be part of a cohort because most youth ministry conferences seem to be generalized information that isn’t always helpful. But being part of this cohort helped me work through personal struggles in my ministry and gave me practical ways for handling them.
Being a part of this COHORT allowed me to work on my weaknesses and prepare for growth. When you are surrounded by people who are doing the same thing and get to share the process, the fight, the blessings, and the victories, it is a beautiful thing. You get advice on obstacles you are facing and you get to see others overcome obstacles you may not have been through and learn from their battle. The coaches are great. They challenge you and the support they offer is priceless. I encourage you to surround yourself with people of this caliber and join a COHORT.
Being a part of the cohort has helped me connect, helped me process, and helped me grow. It is great to have focused time to develop personally and as a minister in a room full of peers who say “yeah, me too!”, and are able to pray and talk through issues.
YMCP is without a doubt, the best ROI in youth ministry training. After nearly a decade in youth ministry, I haven’t come across another that I would recommend more. If you are open to the process of learning and growing that YMCP guides you through, then a cohort can change your ministry and your life. It has changed me for the better in so many ways. Go sign up for one now. Seriously go!
The 1-on-1 coaching came at just the right time for me. I was very much in need of someone to help sort out the issues I was facing and my coach provided great insight and help give me prospective through listening and asking great questions. This experience has set me on a great path and I am excited about what the future holds.
Facing the challenges of a new church was made easier with the support, guidance and tools I received while in the YMCP Cohort.