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08 – Roy Verbeek & Graffiti Ministry

It’s a Canadian Youth Ministry Podcast!
What does graffit ministry look like? How do I share my journey with teenagers? What helps connect community youth into a local church? With Roy Verbeek! 

CONTACT:
Email me: podcast@strombomb.com
Find out more: http://www.strombomb.com/podcast
Support the Pod: http://www.strombomb.com/donate

SHOW NOTES:
Paint With Purpose:
http://www.facebook.com/paintwithpurposePWP

New episode every two weeks. Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, SoundCloud, and Amazon’s Alexa.

07 – Jon Binder & Leaving Youth Ministry

It’s a Canadian Youth Ministry Podcast!
What do you do when you feel called OUT of youth ministry? What do you do when your passion drifts? How do we leave something without losing our identity? With Jon Binder! 

CONTACT:
Email me: podcast@strombomb.com
Find out more: http://www.strombomb.com/podcast
Support the Pod: http://www.strombomb.com/donate

SHOW NOTES:
Promise Church (Bradford, ON):
http://www.promisechurch.ca

New episode every two weeks. Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, SoundCloud, and Amazon’s Alexa.

06 – Jeremy Brydges & the Value of Sabbatical

It’s a Canadian Youth Ministry Podcast! 
How do I take a sabbatical? Is it more than just a vacation? Why is taking a break important? With Jeremy Brydges! 

CONTACT:
Email me: podcast@strombomb.com
Find out more: http://www.strombomb.com/podcast
Support the Pod: http://www.strombomb.com/donate

SHOW NOTES:
Jeremy on Twitter: @HYFCJeremy
On the web: http://www.highlandsyfc.com

New episode every two weeks. Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, SoundCloud, and Amazon’s Alexa.

What Others Have Said

  • A youth pastor shared [with me] how he had three girls who attempted suicide in the past. When I asked him about it, he said, "I've learned to ask the right questions before it happens." His intervention method sounded familiar so I questioned him about it. He replied, "I took the ASIST training awhile ago and the one thing I remember is the right questions to ask." Mark & Jim have saved lives with their excellent suicide intervention training.
    Marilyn Meyers, Director, Waterdown YFC/Youth Unlimited
  • Mark's presentation is a direct and honest talk that looks to break down the stigma of mental health. He gives teens an understanding of how to deal with their own mental health and help others who are struggling.
    Matt Ritchie, Teacher, Preston High School
  • Mark’s mental health presentation is excellent, authentic, and full of valuable information. I would encourage every teen to hear Mark’s story.
    Kim Jones, Teacher, Preston High School
  • Mark spoke to a group of our parents and we were so grateful for his clear-eyed presentation regarding anxiety, depression and suicide. Mark has the tremendous ability to handle these weighty topics with the seriousness they deserve but also with humour and vulnerability. Our parents left feeling hopeful because of Mark’s admonishment and inspired by Mark’s own story. As a pastor serving in Family Ministry for over 18 years, this is one of the best presentations I’ve heard on the topics of anxiety, depression and suicide. Mark if a gifted communicator. He is highly knowledgeable and, perhaps even more importantly, highly vulnerable. I strongly recommend inviting Mark to speak with your leaders, your parents, and your youth.
    Chris Heise, Assoc. Pastor of Family Ministries, Compass Point Bible Church
  • It has been my privilege to have Mark in my class to instruct students on issues related to depression, self-injury and suicide. I have appreciated his knowledge, vulnerability and clear manner of speaking. Mark shares his own story with an appropriate use of vulnerability and genuine compassion for others. He is knowledgeable on the topics he addresses, current in his understanding of culture, and sensitive to how he presents the difficulties children and teenagers are encountering. Mark’s visual materials show fresh creativity and truly help to enhance his words. I appreciated the conviction and clarity that Mark communicated with, and came away having learned more about children, depression and how to make a difference in the life of a young person. I highly recommend Mark to you as one who has walked a difficult path, experienced healing, and shares thoughtfully from his experiences!
    Dr. Brett Andrews, Professor, Emmanuel Bible College