The apex of camp ministry is to establish a relationship. At the core of transforming relationship is the ability to share a story. To know someone is to know their story. This is why the ability to connect with a story is so important.
Here are ten reasons to keep story telling alive – for relationship building in camp:
1. Stories break down our cultural barriers by giving us common ground. For all the ways we may be different, stories show how we share the same emotions, circumstances and dreams.
2. Stories inject life into our conversation. Stale black and white dialogue suddenly leaps into full color with a good story.
3. Stories with good humor do so much to help us bond. Laughter is always relational medicine.
4. Stories can establish tradition that keep us bound together in a common experience.
5. Stories like no other communication device become imbedded into our memories. Use them to teach. But also to create memories that make life changing decisions stick.
6. Stories bridge generation gaps. Despite all the good times gone by that makes for great tales and oral histories, we see that nothing really changes.
7. Knowing someone’s story gets you beyond their exterior decorating and opens the door to see how their house of life is organized inside.
8. Likewise, for someone to know your story lets them open the door to your house and see the beat of your transformed heart.
9. To save a life, we must connect them to the good news story of the Gospel. This message is told in one Bible story after another.
10. Finally, people find meaning for life when hope is given to their own life story. Jesus is the Hope of the Gospel!
My story, your story, God’s story, they are all so interconnected. Let’s learn to tell our stories well.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you I Peter 1:3 NIV