Mark Oestricher Loves Canadians!!

This week I had the chance to interview a good friend of mine, Mark Oestricher, about youth ministry in Canada. Marko shares some great ideas to ponder in youth ministry, hope for the Canadian church and how we can lovingly support the activity of God in the lives of people. Enjoy!

Jason has lived in Calgary, Alberta Canada since 1995, and been a youth pastor since 2001. He is married to the love of his life, Bonny, and together they have three incredible children: Saydie, Cannon and Deklon. Jason possesses a desire to see youth, parents and families become who God created them to be through loving and living like Jesus. He currently serves on staff at Centre Street Church in Calgary. He loves hockey, playing guitar, writing and creating environments and opportunities where others can realize their potential in Jesus while experiencing the full life He promised to those who follow Him!

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This Weeks Must Reads....

Top 5 Internet Accountability/Filter Software. Biggest surprise FAIL: one mobile device has no accountability/filter solutions offered.

8 Tips for Designing Events that Transform Students Lives.  Guiding principles and good reminders of event basics.

How I changed my Mind. Marko shares how he had a soul detox.

The Tale of Three Kings. Gene Edwards gives a great look on leading from the second chair and know when to step aside through the life of David.

Jeff Smyth is a veteran canadian youth worker who has been involved in both the local church and non-profit areas of Canada. He is a partner with DOXA Toronto, providing resources, training and coaching for local churches. Jeff lives in Toronto with his wife Heather and son Nathan. Jeff's blog ThinkYouthMinistry.com

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Ages & Stages

We all know the "ages & stages" realities of youth today. Marko even wrote a new book about it called, "Understanding Your Young Teen".

Three quick questions about your approach to ministering to the young people in your current ministry:
  1. How do you program effectively based on youth developmental stages?
  2. How do you teach the spirituality of messiness and disciplines in the ages and stages?
  3. How do you integrate the realties in to the golas and outcomes of your overall ministry?
Do or do not. There is no try.

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