Think about the last time you stayed awake until 3 a.m. watching just one more episode on Netflix, or reading that book you couldn't put down. What was it about that show or that book that caused you to postpone sleep to discover how the plot developed?
As humans, we respond to story. Story draws us in and puts us in the midst of the action. The characters’ battles become our battles. But what is it about a story that engages us in a way that's powerful enough to transform us and move us to want to be part of something that's bigger than ourselves?
In his opening keynote at the 2015 Alignment Conference, Ed Bahler, CEO of Aspen Group, explores the key elements of good storytelling and how the church can use story to engage and transform the hearts of those who are seeking a more meaningful life.
Watch Ed’s video now—in fact, gather your church leadership team and watch it together—and consider these questions:
How are you using stories to engage the hearts and minds of people in your church to give them a future and a hope?
Are you sharing your own story authentically and in a way that breeds hope and inspiration in others for a better future?
In what ways does story help reveal people’s cultural worldview and shape their perspective?
Beyond the Bible, what are all of the tools available to you as a church to tell God’s story?
And don’t miss Ed Bahler’s upcoming talk at Aspen Group’s 2016 Alignment Conference on October 18, 2016, at Community Christian Church-Yellow Box in Naperville, IL.
Marian joined the Aspen team full-time in 2014. With more than 20 years experience in publishing, she spends her time telling stories about how churches use their facilities as a tool for ministry, and how to align culture, leadership, ministry, and facilities for maximum ministry impact. She spearheads the annual Alignment Conference for Aspen Group and oversees ministry relations and all communications for Aspen Group.
Aspen Group is a ministry-focused design/build/furnish firm with more than a decade of experience building churches in the Midwest and Southeast states.
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