Recent Blog Posts

09 – Tim Coles: Professional Athletes, Chaplaincy, and the Humbolt Bus Tragedy

It’s a Canadian Youth Ministry Podcast!
What are the unique challenges of ministering to professional athletes? What does it mean to be an OHL hockey chaplain? And how do we guide people through tragedy? With Tim Coles!  

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

SHOW NOTES:
Hockey Ministries International: http://www.hockeyministries.org 
Youth For Christ Canada: http://www.yfccanada.org 

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

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.

What Others Have Said

  • Mark truly has carved out a niche when it comes to public speaking and overall communication. He’s harnessed the rare ability to describe complex emotions in ways that are accessible to any audience, creating a unique credibility and humanness that many communicators lose. His relaxed but engaging demeanour earns him the platform to flesh out complex theological topics in ways that remain distinctive, concise, and surprisingly palatable. He uses real life experiences and emotions to open theological dialogues that are interesting and carry life application. Mark seeks to deepen people’s understanding of the greatness of God, our place in His story, and the difference a relationship with God makes.
    Adam Goudreault, Youth Pastor
  • 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
  • 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
  • It is obvious that Mark cares about youth & teens, and their mental well-being. He talks candidly about a wide range of mental health issues and clinical mental health disorders. His talk reminds all of us that our role is not to fix, but to listen, be there, and connect & care for each other and our community.
    Kim Notarfranco, Head of Phys. Ed., Elmira District Secondary School