Speaking

My great passion in life is creatively communicating God’s timeless truth. 

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I’ve studied communication and creative writing for 12 years, and won some awards doing it. I received my undergraduate degree in Communication Studies from Olivet Nazerene University, as well as a minor in Creative Writing through Oxford University. I hold my M.Div from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.

But my real passion isn’t studying the work. It’s doing the work.

For the last 8 years, I’ve had the overwhelming privilege of speaking hundreds of times to youth groups, churches, schools, retreat centers and college campuses internationally.

Here’s what others have said:

“We thoroughly enjoyed having Nick speak at our Campus Outreach weekly meeting. His teaching was spiritually engaging, Christ-centered and relevant to the everyday challenges that face today’s students.” 

David Springer, Campus Outreach, Piedmont Triad Area Director

“Nick is a dynamic and engaging speaker who easily captures the attention of children with clear explanations, fun yet meaningful illustrations, and audience participation. English language learners and multicultural students alike are able to repeat the heart of what they have seen and heard when Nick shares the truth of the Gospel. I highly recommend him as a speaker for children and youth.”
 
Lauren Green, Chaplain of Alliance Academy International, Quito Ecuador 
“Nick is a remarkable youth communicator. The very first time I saw him speaking to a youth group, he was telling a story about cleaning the basement with his brother – I was instantly hooked, along with every student in the room. I watched him take what seemed like a random story, and drive home a significant point about sanctification. Nick knows how to handle youth, and handle the Word of Truth.”
 
Dr. Tim Brown, Pastor of Grace Covenant EPC, Marriage and Family Speaker

What Topics Do I Speak On?

I’ve spoken on a variety of topics, and I’m always up for a challenge. But here are a few favorites:

Faker PictureFaker – Based on my book for youth (a #1 Amazon.com seller for “Youth Ministry”), I tackle the masks High-School and Junior High students wear every day. Using the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector, we discover how Jesus melts our masks through the good news of the gospel. 

Here’s what others have said:

“Nicholas McDonald’s Faker is a fast-paced and humorous exposure of how many of us live every day–faking it. It will make you both uncomfortably honest and honestly comfortable as he takes you through the dangers of pretending and performing as well as the balm of gospel remedies. If you want to be challenged and encouraged in the freedom of living ‘real,’ take up and read!”

Brian Cosby, author of Giving Up Gimmicks: Reclaiming Youth Ministry from an Entertainment Culture

“Short, punchy, dignified, well-written, and full of silly but interesting Wimpy-Kid-style illustrations, Faker is an excellent little book and one your teens (or perhaps even you) will benefit from.”

Tim Challies, Blogger at Challies.com, author of Do More Better

“We made Faker our camp book on CYFA venture I’m just back from leading. Took 30 copies and sold out! Almost half the camp are going home with the book. It’s certainly touched a nerve, thanks!”

Christian Camp Leader, UK

speaking-1.jpgPreaching to the Next Generation

One of the greatest crises of the church is its failure to reach young people. And while lights and fancy gimmicks may do some good, the #1 factor in whether young people attend church is…preaching. 

The answer isn’t to compromise the truth. The answer is to translate the truth into the language of the next generation. One of the main reasons the young church is leaving is simple: we’re not speaking their language. My passion is to change that. 

I know what makes students tick, what they can handle, and how to translate the gospel without dumbing it down. I’ve helped train thousands of youth workers and pastors to creatively communicate God’s timeless truth through my blog, ScribblePreach.com, which has been viewed by over 100,000 readers.

Do you want to reach the next generation with God’s Word? Invite me to join your next conference, seminar, or church workshop by e-mailing me at nick.youthwriter@gmail.com.

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Breakthrough: 25 Mistakes I Made Before Getting Published

I thought I had it all together. I was privately tutored in creative writing at Oxford University, and I’d read all the books on writing I could get my hands on. 

But as it turns out, I had no idea what it took to get published.

Using my own training and experience, this workshop will work through the five areas where I consistently see writers making the same mistakes I did: Discipline, Style, Attitude, Mission, and Platform-Building. If you’re looking to develop your skills and savvy as a writer, I’d love to help you reach your potential. Just e-mail me at nick.youthwriter@gmail.com.

Anything Else?

Besides those topics, I’m usually very flexible when it comes to biblical communication. If you have a retreat topic, a Sunday morning text, or a Wednesday night theme, I’m always happy to create fresh content. Outside of preaching, however, my topics are fairly limited to what you see above.

For more information, or to request a topic, e-mail me at nick.youthwriter@gmail.com. I’d love to partner with you!

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