Five Minutes with Marko
5 Minutes with Marko might be the shortest youth ministry podcast ever; but that doesn’t mean it’s shallow. Marko (Mark Oestreicher, of The Youth Cartel) gets right to the point, sharing thoughts and insights about some aspect of church work with teenagers.
The Extension of Adolescence
October 19, 2021 • 4 MIN
Naming and resisting the factors that have made adolescence of 20-year journey in our culture.
The Seduction of Ease
October 12, 2021 • 4 MIN
Marko unpacks why ease is the enemy of growth.
The Patience of Plodding
October 5, 2021 • 5 MIN
It’s difficult not to see the value of determination and a ruthless commitment to one mission while standing on The Great Wall of China.
10 Percent Wrong
September 28, 2021 • 4 MIN
Even if accusations or criticism are 90% wrong, wisdom addresses the 10%.
What Would I Do Differently?
September 21, 2021 • 4 MIN
If I could go back and start all over again in youth ministry, what would I change?
Helping Teens Meet the Real Jesus
September 14, 2021 • 4 MIN
Let’s help teenagers examine their childhood images of Jesus and meet the real Jesus.
Stretching Toward Faith in Ministry
September 7, 2021 • 4 MIN
A church capital campaign causes Marko to reflect on how he’s exercising faith in youth ministry.
The Power of Small
August 31, 2021 • 4 MIN
The pathway to great youth ministry is shorter in smaller churches.
Teenagers and Risk
August 24, 2021 • 4 MIN
Teenagers are naturally (and wonderfully) wired for risk. Our ministries should reflect this truth.
What Redwood Trees Teach Us About Youth Ministry
August 17, 2021 • 4 MIN
Staring at some massive redwood trees causes Marko to reflect on the kind of youth worker he’d like to be.
12 Awesome Things About Middle Schoolers
August 10, 2021 • 5 MIN
Marko could list 100 reasons to love young teens; but this episode highlights 12 reasons.
Improving Your Relationship With Parents
June 22, 2021 • 5 MIN
Adopting an attitude of curiosity will completely reframe your interactions with parents of teenagers.
Being Open to Changing Your Mind
June 15, 2021 • 4 MIN
Marko unpacks an area of his leadership that needed to change, how he became aware of it, and what he did about it.
LGBTQ Teens Need a Pastoral Response Over a Theological Response
June 8, 2021 • 4 MIN
Marko digs into research that reveals why a pastoral response to LGBTQ teenagers is more important than a theological response.
My Resistance to Excellence as a Value
June 1, 2021 • 4 MIN
Excellence is a good thing. Marko’s just not convinced it’s a great thing.
Invitation to Partnership with God
May 25, 2021 • 5 MIN
Marko unpacks what it means to partner with God in youth ministry.
Growth Practices of Leaders
May 18, 2021 • 5 MIN
Balance is a misguided goal and not even biblical. Way better, and more in alignment with the life of Jesus, are the goals of sustainability and thriving.
May 11, 2021 • 5 MIN
Youth workers like to think of ourselves as fearless; but the honest truth is, most of us struggle with all sorts of fear. Let’s talk about how to orient to that.
Decisions as Ebeneezers
May 4, 2021 • 5 MIN
Let’s reframe spiritual decisions (especially the big ones teenagers make at summer events) as Ebeneezers—mile-markers on a spiritual journey.
Divergent Thinkers
April 27, 2021 • 4 MIN
Marko talks about Divergent Thinkers. Are they good or bad for our congregations?
Competency Facilitator
April 22, 2021 • 5 MIN
Marko explains what he means by "competency facilitator" and what it means for you, your volunteers, and students.
Seven Sins of Reinvention
April 12, 2021 • 6 MIN
Join Marko to learn about the seven sins of reinvention in youth ministry.