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mark oestreicher
Works at The Youth Cartel
Attended Wheaton College Graduate School
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i'm super pumped about 3 new youth ministry resources we have releasing in august. Slaying Biblical Illiteracy: Helping Teens Trust God’s Word; Don't Do This: Learning From the Screw-Ups of Youth Ministry Leaders; and the totally unique downloadable curriculum Sunday Comics, Vol 1: Prophets, Priests, and Kings. all three are up on our site, where you can download free samples and pre-order at discounted prices. https://theyouthcartel.com/store/
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i preached at my church this past weekend, on the Parable of the Talents. here's a link to the audio:
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several years ago, i developed 7 descriptors of current youth culture. a couple years ago i added an 8th. and, now: a 9th. read about it here: http://whyismarko.com/adding-a-cultural-descriptor/
back in 2007 or 2008, when Scott Rubin and i were writing the manuscript for Middle School Ministry: a Comprehensive Guide to Working With Early Adolescents, i wrote a chapter with seven descriptors of middle school culture. not long after the book was published in 2009, i realized they were descriptors of youth culture in…
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really enjoyed my conversation with four guys of the Post-Christian Pastors podcast. we talked about Hope and other worthy topics. check it out here: https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-9agjq-609d6f#.V3XRC-YMG9w.facebook
Episode #12 is Here! Four pastors discussing and debating faith, relationships, pop culture, politics, food, entertainment, theology and much more! This week our theme is "Finding Hope" as we look at that elusive thing called HOPE and where it comes from. The guys welcome Mark Oestreicher who is the former president of Youth Specialties and founder of The Youth Cartel. He is also author to over 70 books and has written a great book called Hopec...
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one of the Cartel's unwavering commitments is our support of women in youth ministry. and while most of our YMCP cohorts are a mix of women and men, we've seen that there's great value in offering a YMCP cohort exclusively for women. SO i'm pumped that we're doing this a 3rd time. Women in youth min, check it:
At The Youth Cartel, our flagship program--the Youth Ministry Coaching Program--is experiencing some amazing growth. With more than 250 graduates now, we continue to refine and tweak and see massive transformation in the lives of participants and their ministries. Just the other day, a fairly recent grad who has simultaneously jumped into our Level 2…
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Day 2 of new YMCP cohort summaries. I have seen an explosion of churches moving to a multi-site approach; and the youth workers at these churches are often left scrambling, trying to figure out values and structures and the question of uniformity or diversity. SO: Kurt Johnston, head of youth ministries for the 17 campuses of Saddleback Church, and i will be co-leading the Multi-Site Church Youth Ministry cohort of YMCP. read more about it here:
At The Youth Cartel, our flagship program--the Youth Ministry Coaching Program--is experiencing some amazing growth. With more than 250 graduates now, we continue to refine and tweak and see massive transformation in the lives of participants and their ministries. Just the other day, a fairly recent grad who has simultaneously jumped into our Level 2…
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completely non-birthday-related, i wrote a bit about the values driving my church's middle school ministry in this season (which provides a case study of how i think ministry values should be written!):
if you read my blog much, you know i talk and write a lot about leading from values. it's a central theme in our Youth Ministry Coaching Program. i define values as the answer to the question: What is God calling us to embody in this season? (and by season, i mean: this chapter of…
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the first of our fall publishing releases is up on the site for discounted pre-orders. it's a super helpful (practical) little book.
Helping Teens Trust God’s Word Pre-release pricing! Order by August 15th and get Slaying Biblical Illiteracy for just $10.99.
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for realz. not kidding. TODAY is the early bird reg deadline for the Middle School Ministry Campference. http://middleschoolministrycampference.com/
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it's certainly no secret that i enjoy cigars. figured it was time for an explanation:
I intend to smoke a good cigar to the glory of God before I go to bed tonight. – Charles Spurgeon I love good cigars. The taste of a long-filler, hand-rolled premium cigar is, to my pallet, simply sublime. I enjoy the craft of a good cigar (not the cheap-o machine made dogs). I revel…
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our first "Youth Ministry in a Post-Christian Context" YMCP cohort wrapped up recently, and was so good. so we decided to make a few small improvements and try it again. this is a hybrid cohort, with less travel involved than some of our cohorts (and a little less cost). check out the details:
At The Youth Cartel, our flagship program--the Youth Ministry Coaching Program--is experiencing some amazing growth. With more than 250 graduates now, we continue to refine and tweak and see massive transformation in the lives of participants and their ministries. Just the other day, a fairly recent grad who has simultaneously jumped into our Level 2…
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The Youth Cartel is partnering with Ministry Architects to offer a very unique cohort of our Youth Ministry Coaching Program, leveraging the strengths of both organizations. Check out some of the details:
At The Youth Cartel, our flagship program--the Youth Ministry Coaching Program--is experiencing some amazing growth. With more than 250 graduates now, we continue to refine and tweak and see massive transformation in the lives of participants and their ministries. Just the other day, a fairly recent grad who has simultaneously jumped into our Level 2…
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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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Gender
Male
Story
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