by Pastor David Hansen, Director of Communication and Innovation – LEAD
The resurrection is known to us through stories.
The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John each tell the story a little differently. But it is those stories – stories of the empty tomb, stories of resurrection appearances – that are the heart of Easter.
But the stories don’t stop there. The book of Acts, the letters of New Testament, and even the book of Revelation are also resurrection stories. They tell the story of what resurrection looked like in the lives of those early believers.
And we have resurrection stories too. Each of our ministries is full of resurrection stories – that is why people come back, Sunday after Sunday:
They have experienced the power of resurrection in their own lives.
Too often, we have left these important stories untold – but what might it look like to use the Easter season to tell your congregation’s resurrection stories?
Inviting People to Tell Their Story
Often, people only need a few prompts to tell the story of how God has been at work in their lives. Prepare some standard questions ahead of time to get people thinking.
- Tell me about a time when your faith has grown.
- What does resurrection look like in your life?
- How has God transformed your life or faith?
Then, set up a camera at the church. It’s doesn’t need to be much – even just a helpful volunteer with a phone camera.
During the season of Easter, invite people to come and share their story. Using the prompts, give people the opportunity to tell their story – the story of resurrection and new life taking place among God’s church still today!
These videos can become the sermon for a Sunday, or teasers for your social media, or tools for a Bible study about spiritual transformation (please make sure to get permission to use the stories and videos of people first).
This Easter, let’s all tell the continuing story of God’s powerful work in our ministry and lives.