September 13, 2012

Speaking and Facilitating

If you are interested in having Mark speak at your event, facilitate a workshop, offer consultation, etc. please send an email to with the following information:

  • A description of how you would like Mark to participate, including the number of times he’d be likely to speak.
  • The attendance and type of audience you expect, and a description of the event.
  • The proposed date or dates for the event.
  • A description of your organization/institution/community.
  • Your complete contact information including name, address, phone, and email of the primary contact person.


Mark considers all invitations, regardless of how much they can offer for an honorarium. Each offer will be taken seriously. However, at the suggestion of friends, family, and fellow community members, he offers the following guidelines:

  • If your event is within 50 miles of the Twin Cities Metro area, $500 is suggested for a speaking event. For multiple-day events, $600 is suggested for the first day with $400 for each following day. Again, smaller churches, activist organizations, or other organizations with limited means are encouraged to reach out regardless of their ability to compensate.
  • If your event is outside of the Twin Cities area, a $650 minimum is suggested for a speaking event. For multiple-day events, $700 is suggested for the first day with $500 for each following day.

Speaking/teaching/consulting is one of the ways Mark raises funds for the Center for Prophetic Imagination.  Whenever possible, we ask that host communities help make contact with other groups willing to host events.

Travel: Unless other arrangements are made, it is assumed that your organization or group will cover the costs of travel.

Lodging:  Whenever possible, Mark would rather stay in a home than a hotel.

Food:  It is generally assumed that your group or organization will provide for Mark’s meals after he arrives.

Cancellations: If you should need to cancel your arrangement, you are responsible for paying a $250/day cancellation fee unless that is waived.


Mark founded the Mennonite Worker (an intentional community that engages in activism and offers hospitality to folks in transition) in 2004 while completing seminary. He is a Mennonite pastor who has formal training in spiritual formation. And he has written two books on the radical politics of Jesus, a children’s book, and a book of prayers. Most recently, he serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Prophetic Imagination. Because of these and other experiences, Mark’s strength is speaking at the intersection of spirituality and justice issues.

Here are some examples of topics Mark has explored as a speaker, teacher, or facilitator:

  • Radical Hospitality: What does it mean to welcome the stranger as Jesus Christ? And how can this ancient practice revolutionize our way of seeing the world?
  • Jesus the Trickster: For 2000 years, Jesus has been used to reinforce the status quo. How does our faith change when we recognize him as a trickster who mocks the elite, turns common sense on its head, and shows people a dangerously alternative way to live? 
  • The Kingdom of God and the American Dream: Christianity has been twisted in this nation to legitimize conquest, subjugation, and oppression. And today, what many call the Gospel is actually an imperial myth. How can we begin to disentangle Jesus’ message of the Kingdom of God from the so-called “American Dream?”
  • The Prophetic Vocation: Seminaries train pastors, not prophets. And our churches tend to encourage respectability, not defiance. How do we take prophetic ministry seriously? And how do we begin to train and equip people accordingly?
  • The Dangerous Duty of Discernment: Jesus never promised us a holy book of answers. Instead, he promised us that the Spirit will “guide us into all truth.” How can we discern the Spirit together in a way that leads to faithfulness in the midst of alienating and dehumanizing forces? 
  • Subversive Spirituality: The first real step in transforming the world is transforming our way of seeing the world. How do contemplative practices help shape us into being faithful witnesses to God’s presence in the midst of a broken world?
  • Jesus the AnarchistThe name of Jesus is invoked by those in power as well as those resisting that power. What were the politics of Jesus and how can they continue to inform us as we struggle for justice?
  • Planting Intentional Communities: Interested in forming an intentional Christian community? Mark can share 15 years worth of insights to help you avoid pitfalls and establish solid practices. 

For examples of larger retreat offerings, please look at some of the offerings of the Center for Prophetic Imagination, a nonprofit where Mark serves as the Executive Director.