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Parents, grandparents, guardians, teachers, and leaders, 

MarkO will lead two sessions starting at 9 am and concluding at 11:30 am on September 9, 2023, at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church.


Cost: $10 per registration (couple or individual)


Childcare: Childcare is open to kids from birth-5th grade. Childcare spots are limited.


Snacks and coffee will be available.


Can't make it Saturday?

Join us Sunday at 8:40am or 11am

as MarkO will be preaching in our services!

Reach out to Jon Nahlen (Student pastor) with any questions!

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Who is Mark Oestreicher?

MarkO is a partner in The Youth Cartel, providing services and resources for individual youth workers and organizations. Mark has authored a number of books, including A Beautiful Mess: What’s Right About Youth Ministry, Middle School Ministry: A Comprehensive Guide to Working with Early Adolescents, and Youth Ministry 3.0: A Manifesto of Where We’ve Been, Where We Are & Where We Need to Go. He’s been married to his wife Jeannie for 30 years, and they have two great kids: Riley (29) and Max (25).

            MarkO regularly speaks on adolescent development and the current state of research in understanding how our teenagers think! You can find many podcasts, sermons, and conference sessions of MarkO speaking in to our current teenage culture. He has a passion for helping both parents and youth workers understand that teenagers are “not a problem to be fixed but a wonder to behold.” MarkO provides practical applications to understanding what our teenagers are thinking and how we can better help them.

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What is my teenager thinking?!

MarkO will lead two sessions focusing on the development and changes of our teenagers.


The first session, “Understanding Teenage Brains.” Have you ever looked at one of your students and thought, “What were you thinking?” Well, thanks to new discoveries in adolescent brain development, we’re starting to find out. The truth is a teenager’s brain changes dramatically throughout their middle school and high school years. “Do you see teenagers as a problem to be fixed?”


The second session, “Changes in Youth Culture.”  This session will focus on how to “nurture” our teenagers. MarkO talks about the teenage brain and how we can leverage the development of the brain to set our students up for a vibrant faith. “Do you see teenagers as a wonder to behold?”

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