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.
Jesus Sauce
May 24, 2022 • 4 MIN
In this final episode of the season, Marko unpacks an experience of discovering a challenge in 1 Corinthians 3, and applies it to our work as youth workers.
New Realities for Teenagers
May 17, 2022 • 5 MIN
Marko identifies five new(er) cultural realities that are shaping teenagers, and different from the youth culture most of us grew up in.
Honesty About Innovation
May 10, 2022 • 7 MIN
Marko unpacks four forces that corrode innovation, and two ‘thrusters’ needed.
Four Practices of Great Parent Ministry
May 3, 2022 • 5 MIN
Winning with parents and helping them live into their own callings includes Listening, Communicating, Equipping, and Inviting Involvement.
Four Types of Curriculum
April 26, 2022 • 6 MIN
Marko unpacks Formal, Hidden, Nonformal, and Null curriculums, and asks us to bring more intentionality to all of them.
Emmanuel Year ’Round
April 5, 2022 • 4 MIN
Celebrating Emmanuel – God with us – shouldn’t be limited to the Christmas season!
Curiosity is the Serum for Judgmentalism
March 29, 2022 • 5 MIN
The increase in tribalism in our culture has brought with it an increase in judgmentalism. Marko suggests that Curiosity is our antidote.
Control or Open Hands
March 22, 2022 • 5 MIN
In this second week focused on control, Marko talks about the opposite of control: releasing your grip.
The Myth of Control
March 15, 2022 • 5 MIN
In youth ministry, we often try to control the beliefs and behaviors of teenagers. But it doesn’t work.
Tortilla Chips and Salsa
March 8, 2022 • 4 MIN
Consider this episode a ‘devotional’ thought, an encouragement to stay connected to the only One who can truly fill you up.
Responding to Brain Discoveries, Part 2
March 1, 2022 • 7 MIN
Marko has talked and written quite a bit about teenage brain development; but in this two-part episode, he reflects on how we should respond to brain discoveries.
Responding to Brain Discoveries, part 1
February 22, 2022 • 6 MIN
Marko has talked and written quite a bit about teenage brain development; but in this two-part episode, he reflects on how we should respond to brain discoveries.
A “Nothing Prevents You” Ministry
February 15, 2022 • 3 MIN
A reflection on the story of Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch, and what it might say about the approach to great youth ministry.
Aligned With Your Calling
February 8, 2022 • 3 MIN
Marko shares the story of Marvin, a 60-something youth worker who tried to run away from his calling to youth ministry.
A Reminder of Why We Do What We Do
February 1, 2022 • 3 MIN
Marko shares a short and moving story about a youth worker who thought he’d blown it, but was actually being used by God in exactly the right way.
1 Kings 19 Rewritten for Youth Workers
January 25, 2022 • 3 MIN
Part 6 of Marko’s snarky 6-part sub-season of scripture rewritten for youth workers.
Psalm 23 & Luke 5 Rewritten for Youth Workers
January 18, 2022 • 4 MIN
Part 5 of Marko’s snarky 6-part sub-season of scripture rewritten for youth workers.
2 Corinthians 11 & 12 Rewritten for Youth Workers
January 11, 2022 • 3 MIN
Part 4 of Marko’s snarky 6-part sub-season of scripture rewritten for youth workers. Learn more about The Youth Cartel's coaching and resources at https://theyouthcartel.com.
Daniel 3 Rewritten for Youth Workers
January 4, 2022 • 8 MIN
Part 3 of Marko’s snarky 6-part sub-season of scripture rewritten for youth workers.
2 Timothy 1 & 2 Rewritten for Youth Workers
December 14, 2021 • 5 MIN
Part 2 of Marko’s snarky 6-part sub-season of scripture rewritten for youth workers.
Exodus 3 & 4 Rewritten for Youth Workers
December 8, 2021 • 4 MIN
Part 1 of Marko’s snarky 6-part sub-season of scripture rewritten for youth workers.
Be Courageous
November 30, 2021 • 4 MIN
In what aspect of your ministry do you need to try something new?
The Myth of Balance
November 16, 2021 • 5 MIN
Balance isn’t a biblical goal; sustainability and thriving are.
Traditions and Sacred Cows
November 9, 2021 • 5 MIN
Traditions in youth ministry are awesome until they become objects of worship.
The Intersection of Intentionality and Faith
November 2, 2021 • 5 MIN
These two choices--intentionality and faith--define the gooey center of great youth ministry.
The Glass is (at Least) Half Full
October 26, 2021 • 4 MIN
Are you weary in ministry? Let’s celebrate the unflashy path of consistency.
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.
Fear
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.