Communication Skills Training for ministry leaders, church leadership, teachers, volunteers and members.
We are called to share what Jesus has done for us. What God does for us through our church is called word of mouth advertising… are your volunteers, leaders and body prepared to give a reason for the hope they have?
- Develop stories from your own life experiences.
- Learn to tell a powerful and impactful story in two minutes or less.
- Learn to create sermon illustrations and teachable moments from the everyday events of life.
- Learn to create and deliver an emotionally appealing and deeply compelling “call to action” that generates response.
We often have a narrow window of time, influence, exposure and relationship to convey a literal life changing idea. It is critical for influencers to be equipped with the most effective communications skills, elements of story telling and confidence. The idea of telling our own true and personal story generally has one of two nerve driven expressions: We don’t know where to start because we are afraid to say too much, or we don’t know when to stop because there is so much to tell.
The importance of telling a story, with skill, mastery and confidence cannot be over estimated. From the dawn of time, the most prevalent way for information, history and memories to be passed on was through the skilled craft of story telling.
Jesus used stories in the form of parables to convey truths otherwise hard to hear. Jesus used stories to relate to peoples of different cultures, classes and regions. Jesus uses stories to remind us of promises yet to come. In the end, we will overcome the evil one by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony: our story.
Day to day we have the opportunity to share what Jesus has done for us and what God does for us each and every day. Unfortunately, we often have a narrow window of time, influence, exposure and relationship to convey a literal life changing idea. It is critical for influencers to be equipped with the most effective elements of story telling. Yet the idea of telling our own true and personal story generally has one of two nerve driven expressions: We don’t know where to start because we are afraid to say too much, or we don’t know when to stop because there is so much to tell.
Loren will teach your team and congregants the Biblical elements and the best practices of story selection, story crafting and story telling. They will leave Communication Inspired Leadership with the power to be clear, concise, authentic, emotionally invested and compassionate in the delivery of their story and they will be armed with an arsenal of different stories for different occasions and conversations.
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Master The Art of Story Telling:
Communicate Your Testimony With Powerful Impact
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Imagine you are at the gas station. Someone at the next pump recognizes your window sticker from your church or Christian school and they say something like, “I always wondered about that church. I even thought about going, but my life has been so bad, I think the walls would cave in if I set foot in the door.”
Do you have a response? Will it be too long to tell at the gas pump? Will it connect with them and engage them enough to keep their attention? Can you tell a story from your own experience that demonstrates how you know God’s mercy is real and available to everyone? Is it the same “story” you have told a thousand times? Is it based solely on your experience? Is it also Biblically accurate? Could you change up that story in a moment’s notice if the person, audience or opportunity to share were different? Can you be brief, poignant and impactful?
These questions will be addressed and solutions offered in “story selection” and “story crafting”.
Imagine you are in a small group of single men and women who are gathered to discuss the pain and challenges of begin “single again”. There are many scars and memories in a group like this. There are differing levels of faith, experiences in the church, spiritual and emotional maturity, and perhaps some good ole baggage. Suddenly, the leader of the group turns to you and says something like, “Tell us about your journey as a single again believer, what has God done in your life that gives you hope and joy?”
Will you be able to speak with hope and joy even if your current circumstances are painful and lonely? Will you present a story that reveals the work of God in your personal restoration to Him? How will you speak about “how you were wounded” without implicating the other person, evoking hatred or bitterness in someone else’s heart or opening wounds for others? Can you empathize without commiserating? Can you be real and authentic without starting a pity party? Can you share your past emotions without reliving them and being trapped in them? Can you recognize the details to leave out for the sake of present company without skipping the hand of God at work?
These questions will be addressed and solutions offered in “psychology of story”.
Imagine you are asked to share a specific part of your testimony with the whole congregation. The pastor has asked that you talk about the miracle you experienced. You have five minutes on the platform in front of the whole church to speak. There will be no one else on stage, no interviewer, no prompting or slide show.
How will you remember all the details that are relevant to the story? Will you leave out the details that are interesting but time consuming? Will you avoid the details that simply distracting? Will you find the balance between being real and giving the enemy too much credit? Will you speak in a monotone that bores the audience to sleep even though your story is amazing? Will you dramatize your story with voice and gesture to accent specific moments without acting like a clown? Will you demonstrate congruency in your story, your life and your actions that will be remembered to God’s glory? Will you leave the audience with a plea or call to action that will bring them to a revelation knowledge of your King?
These questions will be addressed and solutions offered in “stage crafting”.
Communication Inspired Leadership for Churches is a four hour workshop taught to groups of 15-250. It has been a successful class for Pastors, Teachers and business leaders to improve their communication and connection skills.
Please contact Loren at 214-783-9854 to schedule a workshop session for your church or leadership team.