Telling Our Stories theme for AC 2014: The Mission of God

Once again the Annual Conference agenda will feature storytellers who share stories about the meeting theme, “The Mission of God.”

“We want our members to share stories about what they are doing individually, in a small group or with a congregation to fulfill God’s dream for the world and how they are in mission with God,” said Gretchen Hastings, director of Connectional Relations for the conference.  “Stories can be about international or domestic missions, from rebuilding earthquake-ravaged neighborhoods in Haiti to building a playground here in Florida for children who really need a place to play.”

Storytellers selected to speak at Annual Conference will be asked to share their stories on the stage during the plenary sessions.  For those scheduled and unable to attend, the conference will attempt to produce a video of the storyteller.  All stories will be told on the conference storytelling site

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. “We’ll work with our storytellers on guidelines, suggestions and editing, and we’ll provide program and stage guidance during the Conference.”

There is a link below for nominating a storyteller.

Storytelling Guidelines

  • Length: 300-400 words
  • Focused on how you or your church has experienced being in mission with God
  • Questions for a jump start, if needed:
    When have you been a part of the mission of God?
    Where have you seen the mission of God in our world?
    Tell about someone you know who is in mission with God.

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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