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.
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!
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!
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.
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.