Ways to Share Faith Stories

Updated October 2019.

A growing body of resources mark the vital role of sharing faith stories for evangelism, deepening conversations on race, and spiritual growth.  Building Faith offers a basic outline in Learning to Share Our Faith Stories.

Cardboard Testimonies invite us to briefly note something we’ve struggled with on one side of a card, and on the other side note where God has brought us.  Stephanie Spellers guides a group in this exercise, inviting participants to partner and share their story, in this video beginning at 9:18.

God in My Life:  Faith Stories & How & Why We Share Them (Pilgrim) by Maren C. Tirabassi and Maria I. Tirabassi presents non-threatening ways to share faith stories.  Circle of Trust Touchstones from Center for Courage and Renewal help create safe and trustworthy space.

In Storytelling as Sacrament, Kara Root writes about inviting new church members to share a story and telling stories of resurrection in community.

Traci Smith explores ideas for storytelling in faith community gleaned from a workshop with Mark Yaconelli of The Hearth.  Yaconelli shares storytelling guidelines.

Joyce Mercer tells How to Trace the River of Your Life in a short video and guide from On Being.  In Confidence in Sharing Faith, Elaine Heath presents the exercise of telling our stories through river maps at 1:09-1:14:30.

In Standing Naked Before God:  The Art of Public Confession (Pilgrim), Molly Phinney Baskette provides a manual for guiding people to share a story of transformation in worship.  Lillian Daniel shares another approach in Testimony Worship Guidelines.  Carol Wehrheim posts Telling Our Stories in Worship.  In 60 Seconds Storytelling, Heather Roth Johnson shares a story swap she prompted during a sermon.

The Beloved Community StorySharing Guidebook, a free download from The Episcopal Church, helps faith communities share stories of faith, race, and difference, offering prompts, designs and techniques.

Suzanne M. Coyle, author of Re-Storying Your Faith (Circle), outlines a practice of Spiritual Storytelling Through Re-Storying.

In Re-Creating a Life: Learning How to Tell Our Most Life-Giving Story (SDI), Diane Millis shows us how to author a new story for our lives.

Good questions are helpful.  Spoken into Being (Upper Room) by Michael E. Williams offers storytelling prompts.  Resources for Sharing Faith Dinners from The Episcopal Church include downloadable cards with prompts and a how-to guide.  Great Questions from Storycorps include prompts on Religion.  Heather Prince Doss shares questions from a summer worship series.  And Godly Play-style wondering questions help us find our stories in Scripture (I wonder where I am in this story?  I wonder how this is my story?) and find meaning in our experience (I wonder where God is in this story?).

Storying Faith is a collection of resources on Digital Storytelling as Faith Formation, curated by Mary Hess and Lynn Schofield Clark.

Speaking Our Faith (Church) by Kit Carlson helps us find words for our experiences of God.  A Leader Guide offers five session plans for small groups.  Carlson leads a parallel ChurchNext class for groups.

The Christian Reformed Church offers a Faith Formation Toolkit on Faith Storytelling.

Storying to Build an Atmosphere of Trust and Mutual Respect is a post by Al Mulder on a guided process of sharing stories of ethnicity, race, and racism.

Faith Matters Network curates tools for transformational storytelling.

In Telling Stories:  A Way to Come Back Home, Porter Taylor outlines a thematic approach.

Why Christian is a yearly gathering of speakers hosted by Nadia Bolz-Weber and Rachel Held Evans.  Held Evans describes the format and why it works.  Videos of past events are available.

Contact us for more resources on sharing faith stories:  ministrylab@unitedseminary.edu.