Storytelling: The Church Needs to Tell More Stories

Storytelling: The Church Needs to Tell More Stories

January 2, 2018 by

Even if you’re a newbie church communicator, you’ve likely heard something like this:

“We need to be telling more stories.”

And even if you consider yourself a veteran church communicator, you may be thinking something like this:

“Ummm, OK. But what does that even mean?”

This month on Courageous Storytellers, we’ve set out to answer not only the what of storytelling, but also the why and how. Whether you’re a small-but-mighty church with a limited budget or a ginormous congregation with a swarm of artistic staff and piles of equipment, you’ll find helpful resources to empower you to start telling better stories.

Here’s what we have waiting for you this month:

  1. Not one, not two, but three webinars: a director’s cut, advice on visual storytelling, and a new perspective on who should be the hero of your stories. (Spoiler alert: It’s not your church.)
  2. Practical advice on how to develop a storytelling culture.
  3. Some “whys” of storytelling (which have nothing to do with “That’s what the cool churches are doing”).
  4. Simple-to-implement, non-video story ideas.
  5. Some general and specific suggestions for finding stories, plus tips for cataloging them.
  6. A comprehensive list of resources to help you improve your storytelling prowess.
  7. Tips to help someone share their story, including a questionnaire you can adapt and start using right away.
  8. Practical advice for capturing compelling testimonies.
  9. Eleven places to share stories—beyond your worship gatherings.
  10. Ideas for storytelling through magazines.
  11. Tips to make your video shoots stress-free (or nearly so).
  12. Gear suggestions to fit your budget.
  13. A free download of Robert Carnes’ book, The Original Storyteller.
  14. Ready-to-use social graphics.

The ability to tell great stories is a huge, huge asset to your church. Being a Courageous Storytellers member will help you do just that. Learn more today!

"This tool allows us to quickly find the resources, knowledge, and training that we need so we can focus on what really matters—serving our people." -Kyler Nixon

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Kelley Hartnett

Kelley Hartnett spent more than a decade working in established churches and helping to launch new ones. She recently launched Tall Tree Collective, which helps nonprofits craft messages that inspire people to get behind their cause. Kelley formerly served as the membership director for our Courageous Storytellers Membership Site and is the author of You've Got This: A Pep Talk for Church Communicators.
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3 Responses to “Storytelling: The Church Needs to Tell More Stories”

  • Julie Andrew
    January 2, 2018

    Your consideration is nice. A church must tell more stories, children loves listening to stories and it will also make an adult understand some points better in life.

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  • Jeremy
    January 6, 2018

    Really excited for this!!

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  • ChuChu
    January 15, 2018

    Great Idea. I’ll like to incorporate this too.

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