We are all affected by the power of story. That’s because we are story-formed creatures. Your spouse comes home from a day at work and greets you by saying, “I had the craziest day at work, you’ll never guess what happened!” You sense an interesting story coming and say, “here… sit down, give me all the details, don’t leave anything out!” Perhaps you’re feeling restless, down or in a funk and what do you do? You prescribe an inspirational movie with an epic storyline to renew hope or regain clarity. Sometimes we just watch to entertain ourselves and indeed it can be a beautiful thing to laugh, cry and glory in what has been created for our enjoyment as human beings. But you know stories do more than entertain you — they always shape and change you in some way. You are made in the image and likeness of the Ultimate Author and Storyteller and when you create a story, or let a story create you, you allow something to happen that can have a powerful effect on your life and those around you.

Good storytelling skills are your most valuable human asset. The stories you tell and the ones you choose to listen to influence your thinking and actions in every area of your life. Whether you desire to connect deeper with someone you love, expand your business or actually write a novel, it is all found in the power of the narrative. “The human species thinks in metaphors and learns through stories”¹ so we would do well to hone that skill no matter who we are! And if “storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today,”² then perhaps we have underestimated it’s power and scope in our lives. Maybe it’s not just for writers and authors. Perhaps it continues to occupy the same powerful place it has always had in history as “the universal language of the heart.”

So what if you had the opportunity to understand this powerful vehicle we call “storying” better? What if effective storytelling had the potential to improve your relationships, build your business, strengthen your parenting connections and make you just an all-around better communicator? And, if we dare go a bit deeper, what if the personal application of better stories could actually rescue your identity from a mindset and culture of “not enough” and “more is better”? What if you told yourself a better story about your worth, your value, and your place in the world?  The story you tell yourself everyday is born out of a bigger overarching story you are believing — so what is that story? Can you identify it? What if you could learn how to recognize not only elements of a good story to write a book or pitch a good business idea, but you could recognize the storyline in your head that you actually live in right now that determines how you think, how you feel and how you make decisions…and then change it for the better?

The good news is that this opportunity is just around the corner! On March 15th, 16th and 17th we will be hosting “The Power of Story: A Weekend Adventure in Narrative.” Authors William Paul Young (The Shack) and Brent Lokker (Always Loved) will collaborate to create an amazing weekend of storytelling coaching and training and of course, lots of stories! Learn not only how to tell a better story but ultimately how you can begin to hear a better story:

 

“My job is to tell people what God thinks of them and how amazing they are, until they believe it. The better grasp I have on how much my Father adores me as His son, the greater my capacity is to tell people what God thinks about them and how astounding they are in Christ. Once they get it, they begin to soar into their destinies as they were created to do, no longer bound by the chains of legalism”
Brent Lokker, Daddy, You Love Me: Living in the Approval of Your Heavenly Father

“An infinite God can give all of Himself to each of His children. He does not distribute Himself that each may have a part, but to each one He gives all of Himself as fully as if there were no others.”

Wm. Paul Young, The Shack

Come, bring your unique stories and gifts to the adventure — the scope is wide and the themes are expansive because it is within His Story that “we live, move and have our being.”

Hear a better story. Create a better story. Live a better story.

 

The Power of Story Conference:

–A Weekend Adventure in Narrative–

with Paul Young and Brent Lokker– March 15th-17th

Friday Evening 7:00 Free Event

Saturday 9am-5pm Power of Story Conference — More Info and Registration 

Saturday Evening 7:00 Free Event

Sunday Service 11:00 am

NOTES:

1 Quote from Catherine Bateson

2 Quote from Robert McKee