Being a part of this cohort was a great decision. I have to admit I was very hesitant at first. Marko called and we talked through my questions and it made me feel like being a part of the cohort would be a great step. Since I was new to my church but have been in ministry for 15 years, I figured this would be a different kind of continuing education experience than big conferences. Throughout the year I was challenged by leadership teachings, personal sharing and relationships with my cohort members. This has been a great way to it start off right in a new ministry, and our students, ministry team, volunteers and church have benefited from my participation in YMCP.
The YMCP program is an experience that will sharpen your ministry skills, but the takeaway is so much more. The program provides an environment to be real, authentic, and vulnerable. It is a place where you confide in others with all your “stuff,” both personally and professionally and know they truly care. They’ve been in the trenches, and they will continue to be a support system long after the year you spend together. Take the risk, it will be worth it.
As a long term youth worker, I was looking for new kinds of training when I discovered the Youth Ministry Coaching Program. It was so much more than training! The cohort was a spiritual experience as well as a time of grow in self-awareness, all while learning and developing new ministry ideas. Well worth the time and money.
YMCP not only equips you with an amazing amount of ideas and knowledge to catapult your ministry to the next level but it also equips you on how to be your best self in the ministry God is calling you to do. You are challenged to be still and reflect on your ministry and life. You are given encouragement and feedback on what is going on in your heart. All of this mixed together gives you tools to take back to your church and your individual ministry. I encourage you to step out on faith and encourage yourself to grow a little. You will not be disappointed.
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.