How to start

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If you’re ready to share your faith story but unsure where to begin, that’s okay!

Every story that’s shared starts with the willingness to share it.

There is no story too small. Just think of the parable of the mustard seed! Every story can bring God glory in a big way.

Where to start

Your story might take you in a direction that surprises you. Let go of the story you think it “should” be and embrace the story as a gift, given as it is meant to be.

We each have many stories, and the one you share might be compelling or complex, giant or gentle, humble or humorous. It’s your story, so it’s unique to you.

Here are ideas of stories you might share (or think of your own):

  • A journey
  • A mission
  • A calling
  • A conversion
  • A prayer
  • A divine intervention
  • A divine appointment
  • A miracle
  • A moment of truth
  • An awakening

How to prepare

As you prepare to share your story, ask yourself:

Questions to focus my story:

  • What was at stake for me, personally?
  • What happened next?
  • How did that impact me and those around me?
  • What feelings and emotions did I experience at the time?

Questions to understand what changed for me:

  • What changed in me and around me?
  • What is different about the me then and the me now?
  • How did my relationship with God change?
  • How did I receive and give love during my story?

Questions of resolution and reflection:

  • How would I describe my relationship with God and others now?
  • What does it mean to me now, knowing what I know now?
  • What Bible verse, story or metaphor resonates with me when I think of my story?
  • Knowing that my story is still unfolding, looking back, what do I know now to be true?

How to structure my story

We want your story to be safe for you and the people in your story.

We ask that you share stories that can be shared with an 8-year-old. (Think of a “PG” movie.) It can include but does not entertain the darkness, and it is told with God’s light: Hope.

Here’s a simple story structure to follow. You’ll recognize its use in movies:

  • A beginning: A moment (typically mid-action) that introduces age, place and characters
  • A middle where something changes: What happens next; what changes inside me and around me; how does tension or anticipation build toward a moment of truth
  • A resolution: Looking back, what I know now to be true; how did this spiritual journey bring me to where I am today

It’s okay to not have a complete story, your resolution might be an indication that your story is still unfolding: “I’m doing the best I can, day by day, to follow where God leads.” Share what you have to share when you’re ready to share it.

In sharing your story, try to avoid phrases that don’t serve the story. Instead, be as specific and as personal as possible. For example, “Everything happens for a reason” is general, while “In that moment, I knew I would be okay” is specific (about a moment) and personal (about my experience).

How to practice

The best stories we’ve heard — the ones that have been passed down through generations — are often told over and over and refined each time.

In the same way, practice your story out loud. Share it in the mirror, or with a pet, or a loved one who wants to support you in this way.

The more you practice, hear yourself, and get feedback (from your ears or those of others), the more refined it will be.

Sharing your story

When you’re ready to share your story, we ask that you pray for guidance.

Then embrace your story — and give it as a gift, with no expectation of return. Trust that God will use your story in the way it is intended, even if we don’t see how it resonates, it will.

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