Stories have the power to evoke powerful emotions when told well. Stories not only help to educate and inspire but also to transform. A Christian who is able to share his
story has the power to transform those around him.
Is your church a place that encourages generations of people to share their stories? To not only teach people to stand and testify when appropriate but to have young and old interact so that we can learn from one another. What if we designed ministry with this in mind? What if we continued to break down the silos and allowed ministries to worship together so that when stories are shared, they’re used to transform others?
We must teach people the power of the story. Christians often feel overwhelmed when asked to share their faith. If we could only understand that it’s as simple as sharing our stories. People don't care if you are a theological genius or if you know your Greek and Hebrew. They want to see that you've been changed and they need the courage to seek the One who brings transformation. If we could point people to see how Jesus has changed us, we are sharing a powerful, transformational message.
Teach them how to share their stories. Tell them to talk about their life before Christ, their conversion experience, and what their life has been like since.
Teach them when they're young. Many people dismiss the idea that a child may have a testimony. I would dispute that. I love hearing the testimonies of kids. Those are powerful teachings for people of all ages.
Teach each age in your church to share their story. Teach them to recount the power of Christ at work in their lives. Teach them to do it with boldness. This won’t be a story for the “story bucket”.
How have you recounted your story lately? What do you do in your minsitry to encourage an environment that values the story?