Story in Ministry
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How well do you understand story? How well does your organization understand story? It has been said, "he who has the best story wins." But in reality, “the one who tells the best story wins.” That person wins our attention, our interest and our loyalty. As Christ followers, we have the Greatest Story Ever Told. Yet we do not always tell it well. We rob God of His glory when we do not inspire people to consider the only Narrative that gives life abundant and eternal.
This is why we want to see a movement of God's people communicating timeless truth through story leading to life-change through Jesus.
Why We Need To Story Better
- God is the Great Storyteller. We need to be more like Him.
- Story is at our core, hardwired into our DNA.
- We steal from God’s glory when we don’t tell His stories well.
- For the sake of the Great Commission, the body of Christ must learn the art of story as it relates to evangelism, discipleship, and church planting.
- Learning the art of story will change how we live our stories, tell stories, write stories, film stories.
- If we don’t tell our own story well, others will tell it for us.
Who is This Course For?
- Mission practitioners...people who are actively trying to reach and teach people in the way of Christ.
- Creatives with a missional heart seeking to better understand the art of story.
- Leaders of mission organizations, churches and ministries seeking to be more effective at reaching, teaching and leading.
What You'll Get From This Course
- A grasp of how story is at the center of the cosmos. Understand the importance - and urgency - of story for ministry effectiveness.
- Understand the core elements of story: character, problem, opposition.
- Learn how story applies to leadership, ministry, content creation and and reaching and teaching people for Christ.
- Experience a shift in thinking, see life and ministry through a new lens of story.
- Connect with an expert mentor.
- Take a story through the development process.
- Be prepared to train others in story fundamentals.
Course Outcomes (By Module)
1. Story Overview: Foundations
- Students will know five reasons story is powerful
- Students will be intentional about four kinds of story: lived, told, written, filmed.
- Students will be able to identify the four elements of storytelling (character, problem, opposition, resolution).
2. Character Psychology 101
- Students will understand the difference between stories driven by concepts vs. stories driven by characters
- Students will learn key ideas about developing a main character.
- Students will learn principles for identifying stories from ministry and real life.
3. The 10 "Ones" of Storytelling
- Students will know how to use the “10 ‘Ones’ of Storytelling.”
4. Three-Act Structure/The 10 Crucial Story Moments
- Students will understand three-act story structure.
5. Story Pitches and Critiques
- Selected students will concisely pitch their stories in under one minute.
- Students will begin to learn how to graciously receive input from their peers.
- A five-week, mentored experience beginning Wednesday, September 20, 2017. Each live session will be on Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time(GMT -8.00, use this time zone converter). Live course dates: September 20, September 27, October 4, October 11, October 18. Live sessions will be recorded for later review. To receive the course certificate, attendance at four live sessions is required.
- One hour weekly live classroom: After registration, you will receive a link for our Zoom video conferencing service that will require a plug-in for your computer. You may also download the Zoom app from the iTunes store or Google Play for a mobile device, but we strongly recommend using a computer for the best learning experience.
- Two hours of independent work: (reading, videos, projects) will be expected each week for a total of 3 hours per week.
- Web classroom: (using Haiku Learning) with materials, mentored discussion boards, and practical application assignments at each stage.
- Cost: You can use a credit card or PayPal account.A discount is available to non-Westerners. Your registration is only guaranteed once you have paid for the course. To benefit from the team discount, you must get a promotional code by emailing Jaime (be sure to tell her which of the three categories below your team falls into). Here is the explanation of the pricing rationale.
$120 Standard/$110 per person if two or more register together as a team.
$90 Non-westerners working with a western organization that can help cover the cost/$80 per person if two or more register together.
$60 Non-westerners not working with a western organization (limited to six per cohort)/$50 per person if two or more register together.
Because we hold ourselves to a high standard, we will provide a refund to anyone dissatisfied with the course.
- Registration: Here is the registration page where you can register for this course and make your payment. You will then receive a link to the classroom course. You will receive a charge on your credit card from Visual Story International.
- Take the course as a team: The class will make the most impact if students take the course in small teams (2 or more students) to enable collaboration and immediate application in their ministry context.
- To receive a certificate of completion:
- Attend 4 of 5 live sessions.
- Do the preparation reading and viewing for each module.
- Complete all independent practice assignments for each module.
- Endorsements: See what students have said about the course in the past. (scroll down)