/ ca.dre / n. a tight-knit core of trained soldiers and devoted friends fighting together for a cause, loyally giving their lives for one another.
Dear Youth Ministry Friends,
My greatest joy at this exciting season of my ministry is to multiply myself in a significant way into a few of this generation's most exceptional youth leaders. I have spent much time prayerfully considering how I might do this most effectively. As a result, the Cadre has been birthed from my heart and become one of the most fulfilling ministries I "get" to be a part of.
I have long admired Dr. Jack Hayford and have personally respected a similar mentoring ministry of his called The School of Pastoral Nurture. Dr. Hayford has hosted this mentoring ministry for several years in an effort to multiply himself into a smaller group of people. Dr. John Maxwell also suggested that I launch a small mentoring group like this. Though I, in no way, parallel myself to these extraordinary ministry giants, I do respect their example and counsel to me. Emerson put it wisely: "The years will teach us what the days will never know."
The Cadre is my chance to take what the years have given me and impart it into youth pastors and leaders coming up behind me. It's my way to leave a mark of significance on the next generation.
Take a moment to find out more about this truly unique opportunity. It is my honor to have you be a part of this journey with me.
With You in the Youth Ministry Trenches,
The Cadre is a 12-month personal mentoring journey with Jeanne that includes the following.
Any youth pastor or leader is invited to apply to be a part of the Cadre - regardless of the size of his/her youth group or the years of experience. From these applications approximately 40 people are chosen for a one year period to be a part of this group.
It is Jeanne's heart to pour into a handful of people who are very serious about impacting today's youth culture. Thus, she wisely knows that an application process like this is most essential. Some of the youth leaders who will be chosen will be from smaller churches. Others will be from among our nation's largest youth ministries. The size of the youth ministry is not the main consideration. The size of the HEART and the desire to grow are what is looked for during the application process.
Though Jeanne will receive absolutely nothing personally for her leadership involvement in the Cadre, all participants will agree to contribute $125 a month (for the 12 months of the CADRE) to Youth Leader's Coach. This will allow the ministry, which impacts thousands of youth pastors, to continue. Here are a few ideas on where this money may come from:
The members of the CADRE are invited to Jeanne’s home twice during the year for 48 hours of mentoring and dialoguing with Jeanne and the other 39 youth leaders chosen to be a part of the CADRE.
Once a month, Jeanne hosts a 90 minute conference call with the members of the CADRE. These calls are a significant time to hear and receive Jeanne’s heart and guidance. All conference calls will be INTERACTIVE allowing members to ask questions on the topic as well as listen in to the other responses. In addition, every other month one of Jeanne’s amazing youth ministry friends, who are specialists in their fields, will join the conference call. This allows the CADRE members to have unparalleled personal access to a wide range of extraordinary national youth leaders, mentoring them on one of the youth ministry topics of their greatest expertise.
The year is filled with some very special and priceless experiences. We just want to “spoil” each member a little but you’ll need to wait to learn what we’re talking about!
Each person within the CADRE is grouped with several other youth pastors and leaders that have similar sized youth ministries. This becomes a covenant friendship group, or Iron Group (in the tradition of “Iron Sharpening Iron”), where these leaders can grow in ministry skills and support by developing a friendship and accountability with each other. The prayer is that these other CADRE participants become lifelong friends and an incredible support to each other in the youth ministry journey.
This special time of heartfelt encouragement and strengthening is just for the girls! As much as Jeanne wanted to have each husband and wife couple at all the events, she had to consider the change in dynamic if the CADRE goes from a group of 40 to a group of 80. So, in an effort to keep the small personal feeling in the groups, CADRE membership includes a special bonus Ladies’ Breakaway during the year that will be specifically geared for the wives of CADRE members or the lady CADRE members themselves. This will be a breakaway at Jeanne’s house for girls only!
To make the journey more valuable, Jeanne makes herself available to you via “personal email coaching” at a private Cadre email address for some of your more challenging youth ministry moments. You will also participate via email on a “peer coaching team” of youth pastors and leaders with similar sized youth ministries. The growth potential is awesome.
The CADRE experience has proven to be so fulfilling and powerful for both the youth pastors and leaders who are members as well as Jeanne herself, that Jeanne was unwilling to turn the first year members loose just yet. So, she is happy to offer an optional second year membership in the CADRE that includes many more mentoring experiences, including joining and seeing the inside workings of one of Jeanne’s unique youth retreats. The year is filled with some very special and priceless experiences.