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mark oestreicher
Works at The Youth Cartel
Attended Wheaton College Graduate School
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i'm very excited to reveal all the breakout sessions for this year's Middle School Ministry Campference. pretty amazing stuff from a virtual 'who's who' of middle school ministry. hope you can join us! 
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just made my 36th Kiva loan, to Alica in Kenya, for her poultry business. Go, Alice! 
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are you growing as a leader? here are 6 Growth Practices of Leaders (at least, of Healthy Leaders, that is): 
one of my coaching peeps asked recently for thoughts about growth practices of leaders. i did a little brainstorming while listening to others respond, and came up with this list (uncharacteristically, for me, all starting with the same letter!): Rhythm -- some refer to this as balance; but i'm not a big fan of balance.…
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another popular media portrayal of teenagers as broken, incapable, and dysfunctional. http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/08/31/the-terrible-teens. this is such a misguided interpretation of teenage brain development discoveries. it makes all the difference in the world if your starting assumption is "teenagers are a problem to be solved" rather than "teenagers are a wonder to behold."
In adolescence, the brain is wired to experience pleasure more intensely than before or after. Credit Illustration by Édith Carron
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"It's like the quest for the holy grail. Well, who gives a sh*t what the holy grail is. It's the quest that's important. The transformation that's within yourself: that's what's important." 
--Yvon Chouinard in the documentary 180° South (also founder of Patagonia, and author of a book I have YMCPers read).
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super awesome random collection of YMCP grads (and current participants) who were either running the event i spoke at this weekend, or were there with groups of teens. 
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This is Tim Mauriello, a 40-something JH Pastor in Carmel, IN, who was gracious enough to have me train his volunteers and speak to his JHers this weekend. But, he was also one of my JHers in my first JH Ministry job!
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Hanging with Papa today
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That's my wife. She climbed Buck Mountain in the Tetons today. I made vindaloo for lunch. She's more awesomer. 
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I did a bit of tag-team preaching at my church this morn, while my wife started climbing a mountain in Wyoming. I had the easier of the two.
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i was just doing a bit of final work on Crystal Kirgiss's new Cartel book, In Search of Adolescence, pulling a few single sentences out of some of the endorsements. check these out!

This book has the potential to make us totally rethink the way we see young people and our work with them.  -Mark DeVries   

In Search of Adolescence is a joyous read that turns one of youth ministry's most sacred cows into hamburger.   -Kenda Creasy Dean 

In Search of Adolescence is forcing me to reconfigure or, at least, rethink pretty much everything I’ve been believing and teaching about adolescence over the last three decades!  -Duffy Robbins 
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My people. 2013 Nashville YMCP cohort on top and 2011 Nashville cohort below (minus a few wonderful people). We had an amazing 2 days together at our combined reunion. 
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Eric Jonas Swensson's profile photo
Jeremy Bouma's profile photo
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Tom Clutter's profile photo
MasterPiece Church's profile photo
Brianna Mercado's profile photo
dario alfaro's profile photo
Arkansas CCYM's profile photo
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speaker, author, consultant, coach, agent, event host
Employment
  • The Youth Cartel
    founder, 2010 - present
  • Youth Specialties
    president, 1998 - 2009
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pot-stirrer, sympathizer, instigator, beard wearer
Introduction
i want to instigate a revolution in youth ministry
Bragging rights
author of lotsa books, father of two teenagers, former pres of youth specialties, connoisseur of experiences
Education
  • Wheaton College Graduate School
    educational ministries, 1987 - 1995
  • Wheaton College
    christian education, 1981 - 1987