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A year (and a bit) in the life of NewSpring's first Web pastor

We rob God of power when our stories go untold

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The Bible commands everyone everywhere to tell the story of God.

So why isn’t storytelling part of everything we do as a church, not just part of a preacher’s anecdotes?

That makes no sense when we structure our reality as humans through stories we hear.
And when we shape our identity through the stories we relate.
And when we see God’s heart and will for us communicated through the stories in his word.

Stories are everywhere in our congregations. But up until now, we’ve boxed them in as testimony, as evangelism. I think we can easily overlook how important it is for stories to be told and heard by believers within a congregation.

Everyone needs a reminder about the great and mighty God that we serve. The Bible itself is one glorious and perpetual reminder … And our experiences of affliction and Christ’s overcoming grace are meant for others to be strengthened and encouraged.

It’s inspiring to see efforts, such as IAmSecond.com, harness figures with credibility — famous and ordinary — to help non-believers recognize that our faith is real, authentic and supernatural. And it’s natural to harvest those stories when they are unstoppable in a believer transformed by grace. Just consider the people in scripture healed by Jesus who ignored the warnings of God! not to tell others about what happened to them.

But the strategy tends to compartmentalize the role storytelling can play. It becomes “something for others.” Rather than a part of our faith journey together as a church in discipleship and sanctification.

The wonders of our God? They are how he has romanced, rescued, comforted and healed us and other people among us. The “greater things” Jesus promised we would do after him? Those are the things happening among us right now if only we knew about them.

I’d love to see churches all over America get on board with telling stories from their congregations. As a former media guy, that’s been my individual burden almost from the moment I was saved at NewSpring five years ago.

Over the years, NewSpring has documented a few great stories, like this one and, boldly, incorporated the video during services. But there’s so much more we could do all of us could do.

Tony Morgan and I had a conversation this week about the beginnings of that strategy, which he touched on here

So why do we hear so little about the spectacular and not so spectacular miracles that every believer experiences, daily, weekly, monthly or yearly?

Because we don’t ask for them. We don’t make it easy to capture them. And we don’t make it really easy to show, as a church, how much we value them.

Are you asking?

How are you doing it?

What’s your story?

What do you suggest?

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Written by NickCharalambous

February 5, 2009 at 6:18 pm

4 Responses

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  1. Awesome post. I have been thinking about this since Tony posted it on his blog…

    If God’s story is a book with a beginning and an end, then our lives are the chapters in between. It just happens to be a lot of chapters, but it is our job to read out loud the chapters so that those who have and don’t have the book can hear the story as well.

    Mario Hood

    February 9, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    • Such an eloquent way of putting it Mario … That’s exactly what I’m talking about. We are the living gospel … 2 Corinthians 3:3

      ipiphanist

      February 11, 2009 at 10:40 am

  2. […] wrote some challenging thoughts that capture my own heartbeat for kingdom journalism quite well and apply them in the local church context: The Bible commands everyone everywhere to tell the story of […]

  3. […] a huge fan of Christians sharing stories of God’s grace, mercy and provision with each other to build ourselves […]


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