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mark oestreicher
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Attended Wheaton College Graduate School
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Middle school dude just thanked me for my talks with an origami Yoda. Yeah, middle schoolers undeniably rock. 
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a Friday Youth Ministry Nugget: why small church youth ministries should celebrate their smallness and stop apologizing. 
smaller churches have a shorter pathway to excellent youth ministry. the larger you get, the more complex things become, and the greater the temptation to trust in resources, technology, and robust and creative programming to transform lives. if you're doing youth ministry in a small(er) church, stop apologizing. and stop envying the resources of larger…
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Newly discovered beard risk: falling asleep with a cough drop in one's mouth can result in waking up with sticky and crusty cough drop drool stuck in one's beard. 
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i'm in the Hays, KS, regional airport. don't think i've been in an airport with commercial flights, in the U.S., that's this small. 1 gate. 1 counter agent, who just strolled in. super-tiny seating areas on both sides of "security." 3 scheduled departures today (all day, total). but, hey: they have free wifi. 
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here's your Friday Youth Ministry Nugget, on the 2 primary sources of tension (and conflict) between youth workers and their churches or senior pastors: 
the most common reasons for tension between youth workers and their churches (or pastors) are: unstated expectations misaligned values i've seen it over and over and over again. and the truly sad thing is that both of these are preventable in a majority of cases.
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SO good to spend an hour and a half skyping with my son, Max​, in Peru. he's been on a class trip these last few weeks, and we hadn't gotten to talk at all. yesterday his class came home, and Max moved into a host home in Lima for 2.5 months of foreign exchange. He starts school monday at the Lima Waldorf School.
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Speaking for the MI Salvation Army youth councils. Tonight's verbal blunder: "The town of Jericho was a Jewish town; but the Jewish people weren't the real power. It was Canada." Really. 
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Screen shot of Adam and me welcoming people to the Women in Youth Ministry Campference. Clearly: awesome. 
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just finished an interview about #Hopecasting (and hope in general) with Melinda Schmidt of Moody Radio's "Bring to Mind" podcast. she asked the best questions of any interview I've given on this book. I'll post a link when it goes live.
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Max and his class at Machu Pichu. 
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I did some training, and now Mandy Drury is preaching. I think the world of this amazing and brilliant woman. Youth workers need to read her new book, Saying is Believing. 
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Darla Boggs's profile photo
andrew jiminez's profile photo
Tad Munnings's profile photo
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Jake Bouma's profile photo
Kerri Fritsch's profile photo
Calling Glory'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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Male
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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