Telling Our Stories continues as web feature

By Conference Staff | July 31, 2013

Telling Our Stories is now an on-going feature on the Florida Conference website, with new stories posted every week. Here is an excerpt from the Conference’s first storyteller post:
“I had occupied a pew for several years and become a museum Christian. No longer alive, no salt or light. I was full of self and limited God to a microscopic place in my life. Matthew 6:23 says …’the darkness that takes over the body of a child of God who has gone astray—that is the deepest, darkest darkness there is.’ I can say without hesitation this is the deepest darkness there is.” –Storyteller Becky Jordan, First UMC Brandon
“The testimonies touched my heart…I experienced many joyful moments which moved me to tears.” This was one of the many 2013 Annual Conference evaluation comments expressing appreciation for the “Telling Our Stories” feature during the June meeting.
Becky Jordan was one of the many storytellers who described their journeys on becoming disciples of Jesus Christ during the Annual Conference in June. Click here to view Becky Jordan’s story.
There were many other stories submitted and told, including videos and written testimonies, and they will be shared on our Telling Our Stories web page. All the in-person testimonies from Annual Conference were videotaped, and they will be posted, as well.
“When the conference launched Telling Our Stories this past spring, we expected to receive many more stories than could be told during the June session,” said Gretchen Hastings, director of connectional relations. “At that time, Bishop Carter announced that the conference would create a website home for Telling Our Stories and would continue to publish written or video stories about becoming disciples of Jesus Christ.
“Disciples were submitting their stories until the day before the Annual Conference, and we have had storyteller submittals post conference,” she said. “We’ll continue to share our members’ inspirational stories as long as they write them or send in their video testimonies.”
The web page can be found by clicking on the Telling Our Stories logo at the bottom of the Conference home page. As they are published, the stories will be maintained in an archive so they can be accessed at any time.
Storytelling theme
We want stories about who we are and what God is doing in our lives.  About how we are ordinary people trying our best, with God’s help, to point our feet toward being Jesus’ disciples every day. And, how we don’t get it right every time, we aren’t perfect, and we also have mountaintop experiences. Those are the details that provide inspiring, rich and diverse stories about our lives and our faith.
Please submit a digital headshot photo, if possible.
  • Length: 300-400 words
  • Focus on your own discipleship journey
  • Questions for a jump start, if needed:
    Where have you seen God at work in your life recently?
    How has His work helped you on your disciple journey?
    How do you see your disciple journey making a difference?
    What areas of your disciple journey do you continue to struggle with?
    What are your hopes/dreams/goals for future steps in your disciple journey?
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
If you know someone in your church who has a great story to tell, please encourage them to share it with others.
Please click here to nominate a storyteller.
If you have any questions, please email and use the subject line Storytelling.


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