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Does your congregation understand what today’s teens are facing?

Although most of the time Mike Donahue is speaking in public schools — helping young people see their true value — he occasionally speaks in churches, primarily to help adults understand the social pressures that young people are facing today.

Mike is uniquely qualified to speak on these topics in churches because he was a youth pastor at several Christian churches throughout the country and has also spent the last 25 years speaking and listening to thousands of young people in public schools. He is on the front lines of what is going on with teenagers today and offers a view “from the trenches” rather than giving commentary often regurgitated from talking points taken from news outlets and popular social media trends.

Mike knows what teenagers are facing today and helps equip church leaders and parents to give young people the tools they need to navigate the social pressures that are coming their way relentlessly. His candid style and humorous anecdotes will keep your congregation on the edge of their seat as he seeks to bridge the gap between what adults think they know about teenagers and what is really going on in their world.

Interested in having Mike Donahue speak at your church? Start by filling out the form below.

“Mike Donahue is the real deal. We bring Mike to our church consistently because there is no one that I have ever met, that produces the responses from teenagers and their parents like Mike does. Mike speaks from a heart of empathy and connectiveness that is remarkable to watch. Even though his book, Talking to Brick Walls is not a religious book, we promote it in our church because, as a pastor, this book has given me the confidence to engage with students in my life and work to get behind their walls and listen to their heart. I highly recommend bringing Mike into your church, they won’t forget him.”

Dr. Kelly Goins

Faith Church, Tulsa, OK

“I love when Mike Donahue speaks at our church! His messages are always fresh and relevant to what is going on in our world. I’ve tried to hire him several times, but he’s got this school thing going on. Lol.”

Pastor Jeff Baker

New Life Church, Kearney, NE


Because the law is clear about separating church and state, Mike Donahue does not and will not bring a religious message into public schools. Some speakers will use the opportunity they have when they are presenting to a school to “bait and switch”, marketing to a school that they have a secular message, but once they are in front of the students, they make statements that promote their personal faith choice. Although this website contains religious content, Mike believes that faith is a private choice, and he will not promote his faith in public schools.