Speaking Endorsements

Speaking to Youth Workers

Marko has the unique ability to combine critical thinking with a relevant understanding of the times at hand.  I’ve appreciated walking away from one of Marko’s talks feeling both mentally and spiritually challenged; he draws his audience to think.  Our youth pastors may leave the session after it’s over, but the conversations stimulated by Marko continue even today.
- Jayson French, Director of Programming, Christ in Youth (CIY), Joplin, MO

 

It has been an asset to the National Conference on Youth Ministries to have Marko come and teach and facilitate our 500 full-time youth & family ministers and spouses. His expertise is invaluable and his critique of our board and conference will help us take NCYM to a new level. We will continue to use Marko and highly recommend him to you.
- Dudley Chancey, PhD, Professor of Youth & Family Ministry at Oklahoma Christian University, and Chairman of NCYM, Oklahoma City, OK

 

Marko was an excellent discussion leader at our training event. He connected easily with both volunteer and paid youth workers and gave us many thought provoking ideas for our ministry with teenagers.  Our participants left with greater insight and focus about how to reach youth in their churches and communities.  Planning the event went smoothly with Marko’s input, ideas, and flexibility. I look forward to having him speak again soon!
- Shawn Kiger, Lane Memorial UMC Youth Minister, Altavista, VA

 

I have been reading Marko’s books and using his resources for years- my conclusion was always the same- “this guy knows his stuff!” His working knowledge of youth ministry, local church dynamics and leadership development are first class. We recently had Mark come serve in Northern Ireland, ministering to organizational leaders, youth ministry staff and teenagers- my conclusion was exactly the same- “this guy knows his stuff!” Fun, engaging, knowledgable, articulate — and that is just his T-shirt collection.
- Steven McCready, National Director, Youth for Christ Northern Ireland, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Speaking to Teenagers

When you work with Marko, you get both his head and his heart! It’s the only way he knows how to do ministry! We knew we were working with a gifted communicator who is a student of God’s word and understands how it connects with the hearts of students. We also got a ministry partner who spent time with us to understand our ministry and the vision of the event. Marko’s creative partnership provided incredibly meaningful spiritual experiences that led our students into God’s presence. Our students and staff were so blessed by Marko’s willingness to share not only the Gospel, but his heart as well!
- Andy Jack, Middle School Pastor, Christ Church of Oak Brook, Oak Brook, IL

 

What can I say about Marko as a communicator? He took a room full of students spanning the age gap, culture gap, and social gap, and unified them with one message: The Gospel of Jesus Christ. Marko broke down the walls with humor and genuine transparency, replacing them with a passionate telling of God’s Word with tangible teaching points and memorable take-homes. The impact Marko’s ministry has had on my students reaches beyond a retreat date on the calendar to a mile marker in the spiritual journey of all those in attendance.
- Mikey Pitts, Middle School Minister at Bay Presbyterian Church, Bay Village, OH

 

Marko brought a familiar story in the scriptures to life as he captivated a mixed audience of middle school and high school students from two churches for our event.  As a youth pastor who has been in leadership tracks under Marko and reads his books, I was pleased to have someone I was able to partner with and solidify thoughts and ideas for the future of our church’s youth ministry.
- Brandon Best, Middle School Pastor, Oakwood Baptist Church, New Braunfels, TX

 

Marko recently spoke at a large multi-church junior high event we held. He did a great job meeting the students where they were at and connecting them to the truths of God’s word. I will definitely use him again in the future.
- Danny Long, Youth Pastor, Jamul Community Church, Jamul, CA

 

Mark knocked it out of the park for us this winter, embracing our theme and driving it home for our middle-school students with engaging, personal stories, and a depth of teaching that challenged students from many denominations and backgrounds. My sixth-grade son happened to be one of our campers that weekend, and came home fired up about what he had learned, retelling Mark’s stories and relating their applications for his younger brother and sister.
- Eric Woods, Program Retreats & Activities, SpringHill Camps, Evart, MI

 

Mark was amazing at connecting with youth as well as adults. He had us laughing, crying and hearing from the Lord all at the same time. Because of Mark’s deep devotion to the Lord and ability as a world-class speaker, our event was a huge success.
- Caroline Wood, Director of Ministries with Youth and Young Adults, Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, Charlotte, NC

Speaking to Parents of Teenagers

Marko possesses the uncanny ability to communicate cutting edge expertise on what youth workers have learned about teen development and culture in a passionate, genuine, and translucent way. Parents are encouraged and challenged to respond to the God-given changes of life in our students rather than react to the ever-changing world of our teenagers. I would highly recommend bringing in Marko for any youth ministry looking to provide a tangible resource for parents.
- Mikey Pitts, Middle School Minister at Bay Presbyterian Church, Bay Village, OH

 

We brought Marko in to speak to the parents of our community. Marko connected with them more than I could have imagined.  He brought them a renewed passion to not let the world dictate their role and influence in their teens’ lives.
- Scott Porter, Middle School Pastor, Beavercreek Nazarene Church, Beavercreek, OH