Ministry in a Virtual World #4 (Digital Storytelling)

I have often asked people “What is your story?”. The response has always been positive. I have found people love to share their stories. With the advent of social media storytelling has taken on an even more important role. People are able to tell their stories through a variety of creative venues. This presents multiple opportunities for churches to share their stories.

As with Facebook and Twitter digital forms of storytelling began fairly recently. For those who like to tell their stories verbally there is podcasting. Podcasting as we know it now, began in 2003. Some like to share their stories through video. YouTube only started in February 2005. Many people like sharing their stories through photography. There have been numerous photography platforms prior to Instagram but it is interesting to know that Instagram was only begun in October 2010. So, in less than fifteen years a variety of digital platforms have been developed enabling individuals numerous creative ways of sharing their stories.

The potential for sharing the good news in new and creative ways is here and now. There has never been another time in history where people have been able to share their stories to so many others. Though the platforms are continually evolving the chance to share the truth to such a large number of people has never been so readily available. So, how does the organic church share its’ story?

Key Idea: “Seed Sowers”

Digital Storytelling is a short form of digital media production that allows everyday people to share aspects of their lives and stories with others.

““Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seed. As he scattered it across his field, some of the seed fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate it. Other seed fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seed sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. But the plant soon wilted under the hot sun, and since it didn’t have deep roots, it died. Other seed fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants so they produced no grain. Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they sprouted, grew, and produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted!” Then he said, “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”” Mark‬ ‭4:3-9‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Questions:

What is the story you want to share?
What are some of creative ways you can share your story?