Telling Our Stories for 2015

Once again the Annual Conference agenda will feature storytellers who share stories about the meeting theme, “Next Generations,” and the conference is seeking testimony regarding mentoring to publish in its weekly feature, “Telling Our Stories.”

“We want our church members to share stories about what they are doing to mentor someone, older or younger,” said Gretchen Hastings, director of Connectional Relations for the conference.  “Stories can be about mentoring the folks in a basketball league, the spiritual mentoring opportunity in being a Little League parent, a long-standing one-on-one friendship, in outreach efforts or in work relationships.” A lot of mentoring occurs outside the typical church settings, she added, and those powerful, inspiring stories often remain unseen.

We ask local church pastors, staff and district staff to help find participants for “Telling Our Stories” by encouraging persons they know who are willing to be our storytellers, said Hastings.

There is a link below for nominating a storyteller.

Storytelling Guidelines
Length: 300-400 words
Focus on how you or someone you know has experienced the benefits of mentoring or being mentored, or on how someone you know invests in others as a mentor.

Questions for a jump start, if needed:
  • When have you been mentored by someone who helped you grow spiritually?
  • When have you invested in mentoring someone and why?
  • Tell the story about someone you know who has mentored several people or who you believe that their calling is to mentor.
To Tell Your Story
Please click here to go to our story submission page to send us your contact information and your story.

To Nominate a Storyteller
Please click here to nominate a storyteller.
If you have any questions, please email and use the subject line Storytelling.

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