I work at the intersection of faith, imagination, and innovation.
I serve a wonderful community of faith, Mayflower Church, that seeks to equip members for the journey ahead.
I have written Middle of the Maze: 5 Secrets to Finding Your Way and Creative Styles of Preaching. Articles and a short film I created have appeared in the Huffington Post and on CNN.com. I am currently working on books on leadership and prayer.
I am a filmmaker. THE LAST SONGWRITER, premiered at the Nashville Film Festival and won an Audience Award. Starring Garth Brooks, Emmylou Harris and Jason Isbell, it spotlights the struggles of songwriters to make a living in the age of streaming.
LOST BOY HOME, narrated by Sam Waterston, premiered at the Palm Beach International Film Festival and tells the story of a Sudanese “Lost Boy” who returns to South Sudan to search for his parents. It won a Best Shorts Award and an Audience Choice Award at the Africa World Documentary Film Festival.
I am a teacher. I have taught “Biblical Perspectives” at the Compass College of the Visual Arts and homiletics at McCormick Theological Seminary. Most recently, my wife and I taught a seminar at Princeton Theological Seminary on “Visually Speaking: Proclamation in the Digital Age.”
A lifelong learner, I am a graduate of Cornell University, Princeton Theological Seminary where I received the John Galloway preaching award, and San Francisco Theological Seminary where I received my Doctorate. I studied non-profit leadership at the Harvard Business School and was a Kellogg Scholar at the Northwestern Business School in their Executive Education program. At TEDGlobal I gave a TED talk on “Blue Lobsters.”
Contact me: email@example.com
Middle of the Maze : Five Secrets to Finding Your Way
TED TALK – TED GLOBAL
In Oxford I spoke about encountering three blue lobsters in forty-eight hours and what that might suggest about the possibility and reality of miracles.
THIN PLACES – ST. PATRICK’S FOOTSTEPS
This video chronicles a trip to Ireland and walking in St. Patrick’s footsteps!
VIDEOS OF MY SERMONS can be found by searching iTunes : Mark Barger Elliott. They appear on the page for Mayflower Congregational Church.
MUSIC VIDEO RELEASE
Excited to share a music video I produced of Kari Lynch’s inspirational song “Better Than Today.” The song was co-written by myself and Kari and produced by Brian Vander Ark known for his hit song “Freshman” recorded by the Verve Pipe.
On growing the mainline church:
On the poetic overlap between recent developments in Big Bang theory and Easter: http://t.co/zanVni2k8R
On how zipcars could save the church. http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/04/19/my-take-can-zipcars-save-my-dying-church
On scandals in the church: My Take: Why religious leaders are so scandal prone