Joanna Capps – 2017 NC Level 2 cohort

Level 2 of the Youth Ministry Coaching Program is a deeper, more intense program that will give you the opportunity to question, reflect and discover who you really are in your personal and professional life. This program came available at a time when I needed it more than I could even know when i signed up. The YMCP Level 2 is for those who desire a new level of learning in youth ministry and a deeper connection to the youth ministers you will be with during your time together. You will be inspired and affirmed by people who share your passions and your calling to youth. Who could ask for anything more? I cannot recommend participating in this program highly enough! It is a truly life-giving experience!

Leigh Randall – 2017 NC Level 2 cohort

This past year’s journey through the Level 2 Cohort proved to be a time of growth that I didn’t think would be possible after 20 years of student ministry. Marko both taught us and facilitated our conversations in ways that were challenging and uplifting. God assembled a cohort group that felt like family when family functions at its best. I felt both affirmed but also pushed to go beyond who I thought I was, making steps towards who God continues to call me to be. With the foundation of the Level 1 and Level 2 Cohorts, I feel equipped for the next chapter of my life and ministry!

Eva Kampwerth – 2017 NC UMC cohort

Thanks to a yearlong journey I have met some amazing like-minded youth leaders, coaches and spiritual advisers that helped bring me closer in my walk with Christ. This group taught me how to be a more confident and strong leader to all children and youth God places in my path of ministry. I am forever grateful for this opportunity.

Jessica Dalton – 2017 NC UMC cohort

Being a part of the cohort has changed my life so drastically in both personal and professional ways. I have been pushed, challenged, encouraged and humbled through this experience. I didn’t know what I had inside me until I was able to dig around and find it through this amazing experience. Not only am I extremely blessed to have learned from someone so well versed in youth ministry, but I’ve also gained relationships with people I can turn to and ask anything, and to whom I can also call friends.

Savanah Aldridge – 2017 NC UMC cohort

Being a part of the Youth Ministry Coaching Program has completely changed every facet of my life. Professionally, relationally, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, personally, theologically, etc. It allowed me to be a part of a safe, supporting community. I was able to be honest with the reflection of my life in the mirror with God, myself, and others. I was constantly reminded to reorient to God in every situation.

This program was the make or break difference for me as a new, young professional in church ministry. It has proved to be the most educating, applicable, and spiritual opportunity offered in all my training as a youth minister. This program is essential for anyone pursuing excellent youth ministry as a vocation, and/or, a career of the soul (a God calling).

Mark Oestreicher leads with passion, scholarship, discernment, gentleness, and empathetic wisdom. I feel blessed to call him my friend, and more so a mentor and resource. Take advantage of his sage-ness.

Charlie Condor leads with deep insight of professional development and soul care. She gifts tough love and instruction that most would shy away from. Charlie has a heart for ministers and their well being like no other, and resources for days. Take advantage of her experienced advise and counsel.

Mack King, IV – 2017 NC UMC cohort

Being a part of this family of transformation and faith has expanded my personal and vocational self to levels that I never imagined possible. Every facet of my life has changed for the better after being a part of the YMCP Level 1 Cohort with Marko.  Anyone looking for a catalyst to change (personally or in ministry), ideas for critically thinking outside of the box, or growth of any sort need look no farther than this program. God has clearly blessed the YMCP and its facilitators, and He is actively furthering His Kingdom through it.

Margie Ligon – 2017 NC UMC cohort

As a seasoned Youth Director and seminary graduate I joined the YMCP cohort with great reservation. I could not image that participating in this cohort could possibly be the best thing for me to do with such limited time and energy. Without a doubt, this has been one of the most meaningful and beneficial experiences in my life. What a gift to be connected with others so passionate about being the best servants they can for the kingdom of God. Through the engagement with my cohort, who offered me so much love and support, I have grown personally in my spiritual walk and professionally in ministry. Participating in an YMCP cohort is definitely a gift to oneself that will help you learn your value and how to make a positive impact on those whom you serve.

Amanda Mackey – 2017 Ministry Architects

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.

Mandy Rogers – 2017 Ministry Architects

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!

Eric Travis – 2017 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.