About

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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:  markbargerelliott@comcast.net

Books

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Summer 2019

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Middle of the Maze : Five Secrets to Finding Your Way

 

Video

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.

 

Articles

Medium

Since the editorial change at Huffpost I have begun to publish on Medium. Google: Medium Mark Barger Elliott. My first post was on AI pastors and AlphaGo Zero.

Huffington Post

On growing the mainline church:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-barger-elliott/on-growing-the-mainline-c_1_b_14260826.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-barger-elliott/on-growing-the-mainline-c_b_12091322.html

On the poetic overlap between recent developments in Big Bang theory and Easter: http://t.co/zanVni2k8R

A meditation on tragic events that occurred in Newtown:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-barger-elliott/finding-ourselves-in-the-middle-of-the-storm_b_2324111.html

CNN Blog

 

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