modern people the tools they need to live positive, joyous, and
ethical lives in an often violent and confusing world.
Michael Nikolaus is the founder and president of God's Goodies
Heavenly Dessert Company and God's New Vision Ministries. He has
been ordained as a clergyperson with Metropolitan Community Churches
since 1987 and has pastored congregations in both Miami and Boca
Raton, FL, Atlanta OA, Portland, OR and both West Hollywood and
North Hollywood. CA. He is a certified Competent Toastmaster and
serves on the Board of Directors of the San Fernando Valley (CA)
chapter of Americans United For Separation of Church and State.
His book Tugs of War (using the spiritual wisdom of the ages to
get centered when life is pulling us apart) may be purchased at
or through any of the major on-line booksellers.
Mike says "There is a ravenous spiritual hunger in our society.
Millions are discovering that technology and money alone are not
our salvation and are seeking a deeper, more fulfilling meaning
in their lives. Yet, traditional "religious" bodies
are dying. And why? They continue to speak in antiquated thought
forms and language that do not address people's real needs. In
spiritual but not "religious or "churchy" terms,
and with a lot of humor, I try to provide modern people the tools
they need to live positive, joyous, and ethical lives in an often
violent and confusing world."
Mike's personal passion is feeding the hungry. 10% of the purchase
price of each God's Goodies item sold, as well as 10% of all speaker's
fees are donated to feed hungry people. When booking Mike as a
speaker, the client may choose the particular organization or
cause to which the money will be donated.
“I have known Rev. Mike Nikolaus for over 20 years,
and I can assure you he is a powerful and eloquent speaker”
Rev Troy Perry, Founder, Metropolitan Community Churches
“Michael Nikolaus is, quite simply, the best speaker
1 have ever heard.” Nancy Kissan, President Plug Productions,
“Mike is a wonderful speaker. He skillfully threads
humor, pathos, and human psychology which makes his message relevant.
As my 16 year old son says in the vernacular of his generation
"Mike's the bomb!" Louis Ramirez, Founder/Director
PRYSM, Los Angeles
“Rev. Nikolaus is articulate, passionate about his subject,
and engaging.” — Rev. Anne Felton Hines, Emerson
Unitarian Universalist Church, Canoga Park, CA
“Mike's message is mixed with a poignant humor and passionate
intelligence that leaves a lasting impression upon people.”
John McCrtite, Geffen Playhouse LA.
(all talks can be modified for any occasion and
can last from 15-45 minutes)
The U-Haul and the Hearse
We live in a material world and we each have material needs.
Every human being requires food, shelter, clothing, and a sense
of security. Yet, our world seems strangely out of balance.
Our values often seem to be most driven by greed and "me
firstism" with all the attendant destructive results/ This
talk examines the ways in which we can live abundantly AND ethically
while respecting the needs of others and caring for the earth.
The Pudding and The Proof
If you were trying to market your new pudding, you could hire
an expensive marketing firm, print slick brochures, and develop
a website in order to promote your product. However, nothing
will sell your pudding as quickly as a taste of it. If it really
is good, people will buy it' if not, no amount of advertising
dollars will help. It's the same way with our lives. No testimonial
is as powerful as the example of the lives we actually lead.
This talk looks at the ways in which we can live genuinely and
without pretense or hypocrisy.
Sweat The Small Stuff
As Americans, we tend to like things big! The average square
footage of a house in this country is more than twice what it
was 30 years ago. However, "big" does not always equate
to "better" Many times, it's the small things in life
that are the most crucial. It is the little detail, the small
courtesy, the encouraging word spoken in a difficult moment
that often make a huge difference in the lives of those we touch.
This talk reminds us of the importance of those small but still
Stopping Stinking Thinking
It is amazing how so many people go from job to job, place to
place, and relationship to relationship. They imagine that things
will somehow be better at the next juncture, but they simply
recreate the same old mess again and again. They never seem
to realize that it is their own rotten attitude which is the
problem! This talk looks at the reasons that so many of us are
the victims of our own "stinking thinking" and suggests
ways we can overcome it.
Murder You Wrote
Few of us ever stop to seriously think about the power of the
words we habitually choose to speak. There is a tremendous power
in words. Words can build people up; words can tear people down
Destructive, malicious gossip can destroy an innocent person's
character. A careless, critical word of cynicism spoken at a
vulnerable moment can quite literally kill a person's spirit;
On the other hand, a word of hope and encouragement spoken at
a bleak moment can quite literally save a life. This talks examines
the tremendous power inherent in the words we choose to speak.