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mark oestreicher
Works at The Youth Cartel
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website and registration for this year's Middle School Ministry Campference just went live! hope you can join us Oct 14 - 16 for this tribal gathering of MSM leaders: 
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my wife, Jeannie, works for an amazing organization called the San Diego Center for Children. they do tons of brilliant work with children in need of special help. and they are in particular need of a handful of additional foster parents (their foster parents get excellent training and pay). if you're San Diego based and have wondered about foster parenting (or if you know of someone who might be a good fit), please check out https://www.centerforchildren.org/our-services/foster-care/foster-care/, or email wvang@centerforchildren.org.
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super pumped about this new devotional we're releasing in early may -- a perfect summer tool for middle schoolers and younger high schoolers: https://theyouthcartel.com/product/soul-pirate-handbook/
A Devotional for the Good Life Request a Sample Order in bulk and save! 5-9 copies – 10% off – $11.69 each 10-19 copies – 20% off – $10.39 each 20+ copies – 35% off – $8.44 each Note: Bulk prices are automatically applied. Simply add the quantity you’d like to your shopping cart.
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if you're a full-time salaried youth worker in California making less than $41,600, your church is currently breaking the law. by 2023, this minimum will be $62,400. i think this might be more BAD news than GOOD news for youth workers. here's why: 
I AM NOT AN EMPLOYMENT LAW EXPERT OR AUTHORITY. and this post should NOT be taken as 'legal advice.' BUT: the other day over lunch, a graduate of our Youth Ministry Coaching Program, who leads a wonderful nonprofit ministry not too disimilar from the Cartel, but local and Catholic, asked me a question just as…
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today, max and i fly to south america, and it has nothing to do with my work. here's why: http://whyismarko.com/why-im-traveling-to-easter-island-with-my-son-today/
in the last several years, i've found myself in conversations multiple times with a dad of a high school guy who's asking for input about how he should address the growing gap in their relationship. of course, some distancing between a high school guy and his dad is completely normal, developmentally. funny example from the…
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here's a wee st. patty's day reflection i wrote for World Vision's 30 Hour Famine blog a year ago today: http://www.30hourfamine.org/2015/03/better-than-green-bagels-2/
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dang, i'm proud of my son, max. 8 months ago in haiti, he started work on a short documentary for his senior project. with some coaching help from Adam McLane, max filmed, edited, translated and produced this little 8.5 minute piece, the story of one child slave in haiti. 
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True story about the junior higher who called my bluff recently: http://whyismarko.com/the-junior-higher-who-called-my-bluff/
i'm a youth ministry volunteer. middle school ministry, specifically. and for the last 18 years in a row, i've been volunteering with riptide, the middle school ministry at my church. for the last 11 of those, my role has been fairly boundaried by the otherwise-freneticism of my life and travel schedule. so while i teach…
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a very rare saturday blog post. i was recently asked "if you could go all the way back and start over again in youth ministry, what would you do differently?" youth workers, how would you akswer? 
my newest column for Youthwork Magazine (UK) is now in print. hope this stirs your thinking. what would you do differently?? Recently I was interviewing someone for a ministry position while noshing on a fantastic Monte Cristo sandwich. We had a great conversation about life and ministry; but it was one-sided: I was asking the…
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i forgot i had a palm sunday/easter post go live while i was in easter island (never could get my computer to connect to wifi there). consider this an after-easter reflection! 
the other day i noticed a trickly of incoming readers to a post i'd written back in 2009 about palm sunday. i clicked through and re-read it. here's what i wrote back then: this morning in church, hearing the teaching pastor talk about the events of palm sunday, it struck me how this story is…
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yes, i wrote a FRIDAY YOUTH MINISTRY NUGGET based on this line from a novel -- "I think Steele is one of those doctors who doctors because he loves he loves the disease, not the patient." http://whyismarko.com/friday-nugget-do-you-love-your-role-or-love-teenagers/
sure, we're allowed to love BOTH being a youth pastor (or director, or leader of any sort) AND teenagers. in fact, they're pretty linked. but i was reading a challenging fiction book by Will Self the other day, and this line jumped out at me: I think Steele is one of those doctors who doctors…
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just posted some thoughts about the tension of inviting teenagers to make spiritual commitments without being manipulative: 
brad hauge, a brilliant and thoughtful youth worker friend and YMCP grad, sent me an email the other day with a great question: You tweeted this from the camp you were speaking at last weekend: "Amazing night at the Fairfield County Winter Summit. About 40 teens decided to follow Jesus tonight." I'm honestly interested in…
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speaker, author, consultant, coach, agent, event host
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  • 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
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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