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GUEST POST: paul martin reflects on his YMCP experience

one of the highlights of my experience at leading the 2010/2011 nashville cohort of the youth ministry coaching program was getting to know paul martin. we’d met before, but didn’t really know each other. he’s such a gifted and thoughtful youth worker (and person, in general) that i often felt like i was co-leading the cohort with paul. at our last meeting (at the end of the cohort’s 6th and final 2-day meeting), i asked paul if he would consider writing a short reflection on his experience, as a guest post. paul’s blog, btw, is here.

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As I drove home from my Youth Ministry Coaching Program (YMCP), I struggled with another experience to compare it to. Conferences seem like high school pep rallies compared to it. Seminary wasn’t nearly as personally challenging. Cruising at a leisurely pace down I-65 and giving myself plenty of time to digest this rare opportunity, nothing seems to fit into a nice neat description of what has just ended for me.

Maybe this is similar to what the disciples felt after their time with Jesus. It seems like it, after a year of meeting with ten other people from various other places in the church. Like Jesus’ chosen twelve, we seemed to stumble through trying new skills, having our comfortable ministry lives tested for strengths and weaknesses. The result feels much like Jesus renaming Simon and calling him Peter. Jesus recognized something deeper in Simon that changed his identity. Each of us has realized a depth of our unique character inside us, that now surfaces in our lives.

This wasn’t just a learning environment, though. Each encounter was designed to force a confrontation between ourselves and our ministry practices. Though we read books and discussed them, the focus wasn’t on the always on the content, but rather how we interacted with the ideas. I was surprised at how much I got out of the group. As an idea guy, I’m used to new ideas. They way the group interacted with each other and the ideas created a depth that one person just couldn’t plumb.

there was freedom in the personal coaching time to talk about those ideas that were stirred up in our learning time, but Marko always challenged and affirmed how they would play out back in my own context. This is more than mentoring. I found that Marko’s longevity in youth ministry likely stems from his ability to recognize and encourage youth workers. Because of his experience, he can easily connect ideas to application.

I can’t wrap this up in a small package. The benefits are just too numerous and too complex to summarize. I do remember thinking going in that this was a big commitment with a sizable cost. Having completed the experience, it was such a bargain. The experiences of seminary and conferences, though valuable, just can’t compare. If you work with youth and can commit to the process, I can think of no better way to grow as a person and a youth leader.

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we’re in the final weeks of filling this year’s YMCP cohorts. the san diego cohort is full; and nashville is very close to full (a spot or two may remain). there’s a good amount of room in the others. check here for details.

youth ministry coaching program – calling all ‘growers’

ok, i know i’ve written about the awesomeness that is the youth ministry coaching program many times here. and i apologize if you, fair reader, think i use my blog to promote stuff too often. but baby needs new shoes, and without the muscle of a big marketing machine behind me anymore (what?), i don’t gots much marketing options besides my blog and facebook (or the graciousness of blogging and tweeting friends). what’s a former youth ministry bigwig to do?

anywhoo…

— senior pastors, looking for a way to invest in your youth worker’s growth and longevity (rather than cycling through a new youth pastor every few years)?

— youth pastors at larger churches, looking for a way to fast-track the growth and health of a younger team member?

— rookie youth workers, looking for a way to learn how to ‘lead up’ and gain some perspective and maturity that help you succeed?

— veteran youth workers, tired of ‘information dump’ seminars and events, and looking for a relationally-focused, fully customized program that helps you grow even if you’ve been around the block a dozen times?

here’s the dealio: i’ve never seen anything quite like the YMCP for creating growth in all areas of a youth worker’s life (youth ministry thinking, youth ministry practice, career goals, staff relationships, personal relationships, spiritual health, emotional strength and growth). i’ve had 19 youth workers go through the program so far, and would have expected that a few wouldn’t have connected with the approach. after all, if any program like this has a 75% “success rate”, that would be truly rare. but i’m tellin’ ya: every single participant has told me it was one of the most — if not the most — significant thing they have ever participated in for personal and professional growth. i’m a fan of grad school, but every participant who has also gone to grad school or seminary tells me they have learned more and grown more in YMCP than they did in their academic program.

luke macdonald, youth pastor at harvest bible chapel in the chicago area said, “There are lots of places to learn about the ‘what’ or ‘how’ of youth ministry. Mark Oestreicher’s YMCP leaves you with such strong sense of ‘why’ that all the other questions seem to fall into place. By focusing on personal growth and values, the YMCP has left me with a fresh view of ministry, a dozen lifetime friendships, and a wealth of knowledge. Truly nothing I have done in my life has ever brought more healthy introspection and growth towards the future. If you are wondering if it is for you, the answer is yes.”

nikki lowery of first baptist church in stockton (CA) said, “The Youth Ministry Coaching Program is more than learning how to lead a small group or finding out the 10 best ways to use a pool noodle. YMCP has been designed to sharpen, challenge and encourage you personally, professionally, spiritually and relationally. This holistic approach is what makes this experience unique and successful! YMCP challenged me down to my core and I am a better Youth Pastor because of it.”

and brian berry of journey community church in la mesa (CA) said, “The YMCP has been more fruitful and transformational in my understanding of ministry and leadership than any of my seminary classes or youth ministry conferences I’ve attended to date. As a 17 year veteran of youth ministry, I cannot think of a better way to stretch your leadership quotient or challenge your personal ministry philosophy than a year invested in the YMCP.”

so here’s why i’m writing about YMCP again.

i’m trying to fill 9 cohorts this year. 7 of them are open to anyone, and 2 are “off the radar,” funded by denominational groups who are populating them with their own peeps. of the 7 open groups, i’ll be leading two (in san diego and nashville), and i have amazing, carefully selected and trained coaches leading the other 5 (see here for coaches and locations). we need a minimum of 8 partipants (max 10) in each cohort to launch. and at this point, i have between 4 and 7 in each cohort. so none of them are launching yet. the ones that are closest to the tipping point are the two i’ll lead myself, in san diego and nashville. others are close to filling also; and unless you live in the pacific northwest, there’s a pretty good chance one of the cohorts is within driving distance.

i’d hate to cancel these when we’re so close to filling them; and because i’ve seen the impact of the program. i long to see youth workers grow in depth of thinking and character and spirituality and emotional intelligence. i long to see youth workers grow so they can stay a long time at their churches, or know that they need to move on. i long to see youth workers engage in the kind of safe and supportive sharing that is so rare to our worlds. heck: these 19 graduates are now 19 of my close friends (i’m not kidding or exaggerating), and i long to develop some more meaningful friendship with youth workers, like that.

here’s a sample 2-day schedule (all our meetings — 6 of them over the course of a year — are 2 days):

i’d love to get these cohorts off and running in september or october, which means scheduling meetings long before then. if you have any interest, please let me know ([email protected]).

i now return you to your normal, non-promotional blogging…

danny long on the youth ministry coaching program

danny long is one of my favorite youth workers. here’s why:

The Youth Ministry Coaching Program and Me

It’s been almost a year since I first started in the Youth Ministry Coaching Program (YMCP). I really didn’t know what to expect. All I knew was that we would meet for two days every other month and that the only person I would really know was another local youth pastor Brian Berry. Every one else would be from around the country. I had met Marko before and had a couple conversations with him, but didn’t know him really well. I was excited about what I would get out of the program, but honestly didn’t know how much it would affect me. I thought it would be good discussion about ministry and that my ministry would benefit from it.

What I experienced over the year was that the discussions were about so much more than the hands on ministry “stuff” I had planned on and were so much more personal. The discussions about life and the struggles that we each were going through were more than I could have planned on. Ministry discussion happened for sure, but that was surface and the life discussion that took place took us all to another place in life and ministry.

I think that each of us ended the year in a much different and better place than where we started. I know for me when we started the year I was in an interesting place in ministry. I definitely felt called to student ministry, but for the first time was questioning if the place I was doing ministry was the still the place God had called me. I shared this with our cohort and through some tough questions, discussion, and prayer I can really tell you that yes I am still in the place God wants me. I don’t know if I wasn’t part of this cohort I would be able to say that as confidently as I can.

At our first meeting we came together as strangers with one thing in common, ministry. At the end of the year I know for me that each of these people I can call my friends and I miss seeing them. If you are someone in ministry I would highly recommend being part of the YMCP, you, your students and your church will not be the same after this experience.

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after postponing the launch of the san diego cohort for 2011, we’re very close to having enough to launch. i’d love to have you consider joining us. or, consider joining one of the other cohorts, all set to launch this fall:
– san diego, lead by me
– nashville, lead by me
– kansas city, lead by chris folmsbee
– greenwich, CT (NYC), lead by brock morgan
– atlanta, lead by paul martin
– canada (1/2 of the meetings in calgary, 1/2 of the meetings in vancouver), lead by matt wilks
– chicago, lead by ginny olson

click here for more info. or shoot me an email ([email protected]) if you have questions or want the application. and here’s a video with an overview and testimonials.

paul martin on ymcp

paul martin is a youth worker you will be hearing much more from in the years to come. he’s one of the most grounded and outside-the-box youth ministry thinkers i know. his blog is brilliant. he has an article coming out in youthworker journal, and i expect he’ll have a book published in the next two years. paul is in the nashville cohort of my youth ministry coaching program, and it was clear from our first meeting that he should be leading a cohort of his own. so he’s part of my 2011 roll-out, leading a cohort in atlanta starting this fall. here’s what paul wrote about ymcp recently on his blog.

Coaching – Why YMCP Works

For the past six or so months, I have been a part of the Youth Ministry Coaching Program with Mark Oestreicher. I knew that it was going to be a life changing experience. Being a part of a community as transparent and vulnerable as that has to mark you. What I didn’t know was how much I would learn.

We read books together, present ideas, talk about youth ministry issues and share our lives. All of these are things I have done before. Having all of these happen in a group that reflects and pushes back on each other is invaluable. I really can’t fully describe how amazing it is.

For less than the cost of two semesters of seminary, I get to be a part of something that I know will leave a legacy. Every person in this group will go on to do great things. I have no doubt about that. The knowledge alone would be worth the cost. But what YMCP really teaches is the ability to know yourself and share that with others.

Oh, and I am going to lead a group in September in Atlanta. If you want to learn more than a seminary can teach you, if you want to see a depth of character that has been revealed in the mirror, if you want to see how you are made for things beyond what you can imagine, contact me.

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(Or read this, visit the YMCP site, or watch the video)

note: the san diego cohort was originally set to launch in may. but i only have 4 or 5 people for it at this point, and i need a minimum of 8 to make it work. so, instead of canceling that cohort, i’m postponing the launch until we have enough people (hopefully august or september). please let me know if you’re interested in that cohort.

zack weingartner on the ymcp

zack weingartner is a youth worker you haven’t heard of, but should. brilliantly gifted, super fun and relational, and deeply insightful, zack has just made a move to flatirons church in boulder, colorado. he’s a blogger, and just completed a year in my youth ministry coaching program. i’m so glad to have gotten to know zack. my life is richer for it. here’s zack’s post about his involvement in ymcp this past year.

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2010 and into 2011 has been a big year for me in a lot of ways. The only reason that I am using a timeline of last April to this March is because of an incredible program I just finished called the Youth Ministry Coaching Program (YMCP). Teamed with the leadership class I took at the Air Force Academy on Dynamic Leadership, focusing on character development in leadership, and the weekly meetings with a mentor that shook my perspective, challenged my notions, and pushed my boundaries, I came out way ahead.

A year ago I knew a few things about myself: I loved the students in my ministry (I still do), I was pretty good at being a youth pastor, I had a wonderful family (I still do, of course), … and I was dissatisfied, frustrated, tired, and above all, just plain wanted to get better at being all of the things I am – husband, father, pastor, leader, friend, mentor, protege, etc.

The first step happened a while earlier when the father of one of my high school guys approached me on a mission trip and told me that he saw potential in me above where I was professionally and personally and that he could tell I wasn’t being developed to my maximum (which was like having someone tell me I wasn’t crazy and that the emperor truly had no clothes). I began meeting with him regularly, nearly every week in September 2009. It started hard … I had to break some bad habits and look at things differently if I really wanted to get better. After a rough, honest meeting the very first time we had coffee, I sat and gave myself the space to ask if I truly wanted to have my heart wrung out and reanimated with stronger things. I did, and I grew immediately and quickly.

Next, I found out about the Youth Ministry Coaching Program run by Mark Oestreicher, whom I have read for years and admired as the former president of Youth Specialties and a thinker that I have always wanted to be more like. After reading about the launch of it, I knew I had to be involved. My church graciously paid the tuition and Josie and I made the sacrifice to pay for the travel expenses of going to San Diego every other month for a year. It definitely helped that I got to travel to the area I grew up in. Those who know me also know how deeply sentimental and borderline cheesy I am about all things, but especially San Diego. Of all the experiences of the last year outside the program, which I’ll get to in a second, the capstone was taking a run on La Jolla shores along the ocean as the sun set my last night in town after the closing YMCP. There is a metaphor about endings and beginning in there, but simply put it was inspiring and one of the moments of my life as a movie that will replay for the rest of my days. Like all of the coaching cohort experience, it was just a spiritual moment.

The program itself changed me in rich and profound ways. Marko has an uncanny ability to state things that are complex in ways that are penetrating. Or, said another way, my soul was pierced by the application of simple truths both about God, but also about myself. And the marriage of those concepts is really where ministry comes from.

I found a new confidence, a new clarity, a refreshed inspiration. I rekindled my love affair with the craft of youth ministry, challenging thinking, and vigorous application. My students benefited, my family benefited, my career has flourished and is taking new directions that have given me life in places that were at least dying if not dead. In all honestly and without hyperbole, I don’t know what kind of rut I would be in if I had not pursued this opportunity.

If you are a youth pastor, go. Do this … now, not later. Sell your car or whatever, it’s well, well worth it. Your life will change, I promise.

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all of the cohorts still have space in them; but unless the san diego cohort (scheduled to launch in may) fills up soon, we’ll have to postpone or cancel it. if you’re interested in the san diego cohort, please let me know soon.

joel mayward’s comments about ymcp

joel mayward is a sharp young youth pastor in the phoenix area, and one of the deeper thinking junior high pastors i have ever met. he’s a great blogger (really, if you’re a youth worker, add joel’s blog to your reader). and he just completed a year in my youth ministry coaching program. here’s what joel blogged the other day about ymcp.

Five Reasons Why You Should Join the YMCP

I’m not sure how to rank transformational experiences in one’s life, but participating in Marko’s Youth Ministry Coaching Program this past year has certainly been one of the most enriching and life-giving experiences in my story. If that sounds hyperbolic, so be it; it’s true. Beyond seminary classes, beyond conventions and seminars, beyond my own personal studies, the YMCP is a uniquely holistic approach to leadership development that addresses heart, soul, mind, and strength.

Here are five reasons why I think the YMCP might be for you:

1. It’s educational. I learned more about youth ministry philosophy and practices in this one-year program than I did in Bible college, leadership books, or ministry conventions. I read incredible books I would have never picked up. We had discussions around relevant ministry issues, sharing our own stories and insights with one another. I filled pages and pages of solid ministry information in my Moleskin notebook. The stuff I learned has reshaped my youth ministry in the best kind of way.

2. It’s spiritual. Unlike many classes and seminars, the cohort experience goes way beyond information transfer. Some of the most profound spiritual moments of my life happened this past year as I allowed space to listen for God’s voice and others prophetically spoke words of grace and truth into my spirit. My relationship with the Lord feels richer and more personal than ever before as I have learned to be present to Him and find my entire identity in Christ. The cohort is a safe place to openly wrestle with doubts about your ministry calling and relationship with God.

3. It’s relational. Much of our time was spent simply laughing and being together, enjoying the company of like-minded youth workers from a variety of backgrounds. There is almost no other life context where I would have encountered and built relationships my fellow participants. Now I would consider them my friends and partners in youth ministry, people I pray for on a regular basis and genuinely care about what’s happening in their lives. I love them and want the best for them, and I know they feel the same for me. It’s not this mushy-gushy temporary thing either, like a summer camp emotional high. These are people who have spoken encouragement into my life, and there is a clear sense of safety and accountability.

4. It’s customizable. Each cohort member gave a number of unique presentations about their ministry context and experience which shaped many of our conversations in very personal ways. For the two presentations I did, I received honest and insightful feedback that dramatically affected the direction I was heading. Our ministry discussions centered around what we found relevant in youth ministry, ranging from conversations about extended adolescence to the best books we’ve ever read. There is clear direction and guidance and structure, but there is also freedom and flexibility to see where God is leading us.

5. It transformed my life, and it’ll transform yours. Take a group of like-minded people who are eager to learn and grow. They have a diversity of stories and backgrounds, but the same passion for youth ministry. You put ’em together in a safe environment for dialogue, personal sharing, and spiritual direction. You add a competent and wise facilitator who spurs on conversation and offers insights into each person’s life. Then give it a year. I can guarantee that your life will never be the same again. I’m a better pastor, a better husband, a better father, and a better follower of Jesus for being a part of this. Seriously. No exaggeration. Ask my wife.

Check out this video to get a glimpse of what the YMCP is like. And be sure to check out more information about 2011 cohorts here.

brian berry’s words about ymcp

brian berry is a rising star in youth ministry (imho). he needs to be one of those “next generation of youth ministry voices” some have asked about in the youth ministry blogosphere. he’s a great blogger, and the dad of 5 kids (2 adopted from africa). he also happens to be the youth pastor at my church, and the dad one one of the guys in my middle school guys small group. and he just finished a year in my youth ministry coaching program. here’s what brian wrote on his blog last week about ymcp.

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LEADERSHIP COACHING AND ME

I don’t know who coined the phrase “leaders are learners”, but it is an axiom I try and embody. I think all great leaders are not only people who others follow, but they are people who strive to continue to be better at leading. For those who want to lead in the church, this is essentially a non-negotiable in my opinion. I believe that a leader who stops learning, stops leading.

To this end, I have tried numerous leadership contexts for developing my own leadership. All have their strengths and weaknesses.

BOOKS: “Leaders are readers” is also a true axiom. I believe that a key way to be mentored is to read the writings of leaders from multiple genres. The problem is, no matter how well they are written, they’re a one way communication device. I can’t interact with the author as I read, respond to his or her with disagreements, or ask clarifying questions of leadership premises.

CLASSES: I have taken several formal leadership classes from accredited institutions. I have read required reading, written papers on the subject, and logged hundreds of hours toward the goal. Sometimes they are helpful. Most of the time, the prof and/or material we discuss does not seem to see them through the lens of a $200 per session seminars that I do. But their biggest problem for me is that their curriculum is based on an academic goal or requirement that may or may not produce a practical result in my own leadership context.

SEMINARS AND CONFERENCES: My most common and sought after leadership context is the seminar format. I still go to them and I still love them. (I even teach at them) They allow me to get close to some leaders I could not financially afford to connect with on a one-on-one leadership level. It’s in a topic the attendees self-selected themselves for and therefore is often surrounded in a learning context that lends itself to camaraderie and common goals. But they can be like “drinking from a fire hose”. Too much info crammed into too short a time. So much so that if I’m honest, much of it gets lost. Also, in as much as I can taylor my schedule of what I want to go to, I rarely if ever get to decide what content goes into the menu as a whole.

But, my most recently leadership learning was really not any of those categories. In many ways, it was the best of all 3. It was the Youth Ministry Coaching Program that Mark Oestreicher launched this last year and that 9 of us joined. I don’t say this lightly, or because Marko is my friend, but it seriously was by far, “THE MOST EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP TRAINING ENVIRONMENT I’VE EVER BEEN IN.”

Here’s 4 reasons why I’m not just using hyperbole:

IT’S CUSTOM DESIGNED: the overall content, the dates of our meetings, and even the agenda each month was spoken into by the constituents. So I got to custom design the content, my presentations, and my homework to what I needed for my life and my ministry.

IT’S EASILY TRANSFERRABLE: since you’re meeting every 2 months for 2 days, there is ample information to soak up and ample time to integrate your learnings into life and ministry.

IT STRETCHED ME: yes I spoke into the content, but there was also content spoken into by the facilitator or by others in the group. The consequence of this is that I was stretched and tugged in ways I would not have normally chosen. I’m a better leader because of it.

IT’S HIGHLY RELATIONAL: no other leadership context I’ve been in (excluding friendships I’ve formed over a decade+ of ministry together)… has produced the level of intimacy, vulnerability, and friendship that this experience did in a year. We literally did life and leadership together. No conference, class, or book is designed to do that to this degree.

Oh… and if this learning context sounds like you, well I’d highly recommend you dive in. There are 7 of these Coaching programs being launched again this year and if you’re in student ministry and looking for a leadership learning context to dive into for your own personal/vocational growth, then I can confidently tell you, this class transformed my leadership.

You can check out the video of our experience here. You can download and get the full details here more info here.

the 2011 Youth Ministry Coaching Program

“The YMCP has been more fruitful and transformational in my understanding of ministry and leadership than any of my seminary classes or youth ministry conferences I’ve attended to date. As a 17 year veteran of youth ministry, I cannot think of a better way to stretch your leadership quotient or challenge your personal ministry philosophy than a year invested in the YMCP.”
– Brian Berry, Journey Community Church, La Mesa, CA

“There are lots of places to learn about the ‘what’ or ‘how’ of youth ministry. Mark Oestreicher’s YMCP leaves you with such strong sense of ‘why’ that all the other questions seem to fall into place. By focusing on personal growth and values, the YMCP has left me with a fresh view of ministry, a dozen lifetime friendships, and a wealth of knowledge. Truly nothing I have done in my life has ever brought more healthy introspection and growth towards the future. If you are wondering if it is for you, the answer is yes.”
– Luke MacDonald, Harvest Bible Chapel, Rolling Meadows, IL

The Youth Ministry Coaching Program is a whole-life yearlong coaching program for youth workers. Deeply rooted in the idea that a healthy, growing, learning youth worker will stay longer and have a deeper impact for the Kingdom, YMCP constantly returns participants to the formation and expansion of personal and ministry core values.

The cohort approach allows for 360-degrees of input. The lead coach acts as facilitator and guide on this journey; but the other youth workers in the cohort will become friends and co-conspirators, as you will be for each of them. We’ll wrestle with a wide variety of youth ministry subjects, but will also process spiritual, relational, and emotional growth, in a context of safety, honesty, and real life application and accountability.

Previous participants have said that the presentations made by themselves and others were one of the most valuable aspects of the program, allowing them the opportunity to dig deep into a subject or practical matter of their choosing, but also modeling a process of speaking into other peoples’ lives.

Each cohort of 8 – 10 meets six times throughout the year (every other month). In between meetings, cohort members stay in contact with a closed facebook group, homework partners, and one-on-one phone calls with the lead coach. During each two day meeting, each participant also receives a one-on-one coaching session and a 50-minute spiritual direction session.

For 2011, YMCP is rolling out 7 cohorts. Here’s the list of these seven, with their meeting locations, starting months, and program fees:
• San Diego, beginning in May, lead by Mark Oestreicher ($3000)
• Nashville, beginning in October, lead by Mark Oestreicher ($3000)
• Chicago, beginning in September, lead by Ginny Olson ($3000)
• Greenwich, CT (NYC area), beginning in September, lead by Brock Morgan ($2200)
• Atlanta, beginning in September, lead by Paul Martin ($2200)
• Kansas City, beginning in October, lead by Chris Folmsbee ($3000)
• Calgary/Vancouver*, beginning in October, lead by Matt Wilks ($2500)

*The Canadian cohort will meet 3x in Calgary and 3x in Vancouver, and is open only to Canadians.

Each of the lead coaches have been carefully selected, and will receive supervision from Mark Oestreicher, ensuring that each cohort experiences a high level of quality and the values of the program.

For a full description of the program, including expected outcomes, overview of the 2-day meetings, and the application process, click here to download a pdf summary.
If you have any questions, please contact Mark Oestreicher.
If you’d like an application, please email Marko at [email protected]
click here to watch the promo video.

“If you’re looking for the absolute best experience in how to stretch you and your ministry then Marko’s YMCP is for you. I have learned more in the past year in this hands on approach than in 4 years of seminary and grad school. It has been the best thing I have done both personally and professionally.”
– Robb Gossen, Carthage Nazarene Church, Carthage, MO

“The Youth Ministry Coaching Program is more than learning how to lead a small group or finding out the 10 best ways to use a pool noodle. YMCP has been designed to sharpen, challenge and encourage you personally, professionally, spiritually and relationally. This holistic approach is what makes this experience unique and successful! YMCP challenged me down to my core and I am a better Youth Pastor because of it.”
– Nikki Lowery, First Baptist Church, Stockton, CA

“Being part of YMCP has helped me better understand my calling and role in ministry. It has been great to hear what others are doing and get input into how I can better address issues in my life and role in my church.”
– Danny Long, Jamul Community Church, Jamul, CA

“Even after one meeting, this program had made a significant difference in my personal and professional life. I have already addressed issues in my ministry that would not have been possible without this group. It is exciting to think about what this will mean to me personally and to the congregation I serve. I’m grateful to know that I will always have this group to lean on.”
– Glenn Meschko, St. Helena’s Episcopal Church, Boerne, TX

“Benefiting from the experience Marko brings to the group has been great. He has an ability to discern truth that is, frankly, amazing. Marko’s love for students and youth ministers is apparent. He believes in the value of youth ministers and has a passion for developing us into better leaders.”
– Chuck Hilman, Grace UMC, Geneseo, IL

youth ministry coaching program video

tomorrow i’ll be launching the plans and application process for the 2011 youth ministry coaching program (7 cohorts this year: san diego, kansas city, chicago, nashville, calgary/vancouver, atlanta, and NYC). until then, here’s an overview video to whet your appetite:

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