Facts are just facts, and facts we all know are boring. But we all relate to stories. Stories make up who we are and want to be. We relate to them because of the connections we make. Last summer I was offered the opportunity to speak to a group of eleven and twelve year olds. How would I connect with them? It had been awhile since I spoke to that age group. The answer of course was stories. Stories teach powerfully. They communicate action and open the mind to understand truth. Stories touch the heart and connect reality to the facts.
Camp ministry is a natural place for storytelling. After all, camp is home to the campfire and the campfire is the emblem for storytelling. This attitude should prevail throughout daily camp life.
Each day in life is an unfolding story. In each story, the cast has growing to do, character to develop and needs to be met. Responding to these life requirements is our privilege in gospel ministry, and God gives us a divine, real life story book to communicate His desires for our life.
There are so many ways in which stories define our camp ministry. And since storytelling is such a natural fit for camp ministry, I’m going to focus my next few posts to this topic. Since I’m committed to short quickly read posts aimed at camp staff on the move, you’ll get one brief chapter at a time.