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mark oestreicher
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Attended Wheaton College Graduate School
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"Trust is, perhaps, the single greatest factor in leadership." read more in this short excerpt from my book Leading Without Power, releasing in a couple weeks: http://whyismarko.com/the-role-of-trust-a-small-excerpt-from-leading-without-power/
Trust is, perhaps, the single greatest factor in leadership. And, while trust is often lacking in hierarchical power structures (in churches or businesses), the funny thing is that it’s one of the few facets described in this book that is possible within traditional hierarchical power structures (if you want a good book on this—trust in…
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today's 2-sentence book reviews include 5 "church and ministry" books and 4 "youth ministry and parenting" books. three of 'em got 5 stars. http://whyismarko.com/2-sentence-book-reviews-part-4-2/
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starting a week of 2-sentence book reviews today with 6 general nonfiction and 5 business nonfiction reviews: http://whyismarko.com/2-sentence-book-reviews-part-1-2/
here we go -- a week of 2-sentence book reviews on 39 books. i allow myself one sentence for a summary and one sentence for my opinion of the book. General Non-Fiction Detroit: An American Autopsy, by Charlie LeDuff 4 stars a bleak but stunningly-written journalist's look into the gritty realities of detroit. equal parts memoir,…
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i'm VERY excited about our new book from Danny Kwon, Mission Tripping: a Comprehensive Guide to Youth Ministry Missions. it's releasing in mid-january, but is available for pre-order NOW! there's going to be an interactive journal for students releasing alongside this also (that page will come soon!). https://theyouthcartel.com/product/mission-tripping-a-comprehensive-guide-to-youth-ministry-missions/
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Happy Holidays! Here's the 2016 revised and expanded list of the 70 Weirdest Nativities! http://whyismarko.com/the-70-weirdest-nativities-the-revised-2016-list/
This list started with a simple dozen weird nativities, several years ago. Each year the list has expanded; and in recent years that expansion has primarily come from people sending me nativities (this is awesome and annoying also, just like many of these nativities). Last year I had at least a hundred people send me…
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i'm looking for someone who would like to "buy" our amazing timeshare unit for ONE DOLLAR (plus small closing costs). we had amazing family adventures with this thing, mostly through its fantastic trading power (which allowed us to vacation all over the country in nice 2-bedroom condos), but we're not using it now that the kids are adults. let me know if you're interested -- would be a super-cool family christmas gift! http://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/for/5885092149.html
We are giving away our floating week at Grand Pacific Palisades (http://www.grandpacificpalisades.com/default-home), in Carlsbad (across from Legoland). This is a 2-bedroom unit, one week per year....
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anyone who ever leads a youth ministry missions trip should at LEAST download the free sample of Mission Tripping: A Comprehensive Guide to Youth Ministry Missions (which comes with a free sample of Mission Tripping – An Interactive Journal): https://theyouthcartel.com/product/mission-tripping-a-comprehensive-guide-to-youth-ministry-missions/
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final set of 2-sentence book reviews for the week -- 8 of the youth ministry products published by the Cartel this past year: http://whyismarko.com/2-sentence-book-reviews-part-5/
here we go -- a week of 2-sentence book reviews on 39 books. i allow myself one sentence for a summary and one sentence for my opinion of the book. a note about today's reviews: since i act as the publisher for The Youth Cartel, i'm deeply involved with the development of the books/resources we…
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today's 2-sentence book reviews includes a couple graphic novels and 3 young adult fiction books (two of 'em with 5 stars!): http://whyismarko.com/2-sentence-book-reviews-part-3-2/
here we go -- a week of 2-sentence book reviews on 39 books. i allow myself one sentence for a summary and one sentence for my opinion of the book. Graphic and Illustrated David Boring, by Daniel Clowes 2.5 stars lonely butt-obsessed dude tries to figure out life. i love clowes' work, and time mag gave…
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a final blog post for 2016, using a little math to quantify a handful of things from this past year: http://whyismarko.com/2016-by-the-numbers/
5 -- number of staff at this little thing called The Youth Cartel 6 -- Youth Ministry Coaching Program cohorts launched 17 -- 2-day YMCP meetings I led (this doesn't include all YMCP cohorts, since April Diaz leads some) 27 -- total Cartel resources published (including 8 individual products, 11 Viva releases, 5 NEXT releases, and 3 other) (BTW:…
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today is the early bird reg deadline for the Women in Youth Ministry Campference (the event is march 28 - 30). check out Elle Campbell's post about why she's going... https://stuffyoucanuse.org/4-reasons-im-going-women-youth-ministry-campference/
Friends, I have a confession. As a woman in ministry, I feel pretty guilty saying what I’m about to say. Like maybe it’s not allowed. I hope we can still be friends afterward. Are you ready? Okay. Here goes. I don’t like women’s events. I know. I’m the worst. Maybe it’s because I’m terrible …
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i've been wrestling with the inescapable tug to write this. so, with a combination of nervousness and belief, and the three seconds of courage required to hit "post"... 
To my brothers and sisters who are immigrants, refugees, people of color, women, LGBTQ, Muslim, or any other marginalized group: I’m a white man of privilege. I’d love to view myself (and by viewed by others) as someone who isn’t racist, misogynist, homophobic or in any way demeaning to any human, either in action or…
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Tagline
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
Work
Occupation
speaker, author, consultant, coach, agent, event host
Employment
  • The Youth Cartel
    founder, 2010 - present
  • Youth Specialties
    president, 1998 - 2009
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Male