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You have come upon a meeting ground for creative spirit on a transformational path. We invite you, dear "Storyteller Of The New Millennium," to share a tale and offer a suggestion to nurture creative spirit. What techniques do you use to overcome the challenges of our rapidly changing and complex world?
Posted by Pastor Chaney on December 21, 1998 at 15:52:06:
I'm a pastor -- that has been diligently researching ways of presenting sermons in narrative form. Storytelling sermons -- by rewriting old ones -- changing them from topical to narrative. I''m finding this works and somehow it falls into the context of play-writing. I reformulate a topical sermon into a story and then -- act the whole thing out in front of my congregation. I'll go in and rewrite my older dryer stuffy topical material into a story and pitch it alongside the Biblical text -- it works -- and all the while staying in context. Somehow -- this has been able to breathed some new life into my congregation.
I've been everywhere doing this research. Well, my journey has brought me to you. I just need more education in the how to's so -- I can do this much more powerfully.
This is what I will do now:
1. Take an old topical sermon.
2. Change it into a first or second person narrative.
3. I become a character in the story or tell it from a detectives point of view.
4. Then as I march the congregation through it and we learn together.
They love for me to do this but I'm not as good at it -- as I plan to become. Can you advise me on how to do it better? Where can I find -- online teaching, tapes, books etc. that I can buy and grow into this new adventure?
I would be very grateful if you would please take a few minutes and guide me!
Sid S. Chaney Sr.
Senior Cell Pastor
FaithStreet Ministries Port Allen, LA
P.S. If I could find a professional that could take me on as a project I would gadly pay for their services. I plan to pay someone at some point so -- if you're one of those please don't hestitate to accept payment for services and don't hesitate just because I a clergyman. Do it for me today! Thanks in advance!
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