show and tell

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Image credit: designpics / 123RF Stock Photo

I love words, but they have a major limitation:

The same word often means different things to different people.

This is even true when you and I talk with each other about disciple making movements.

Here are a few words and phrases that may surprisingly confuse our conversation:

  • Church
  • Disciple Making
  • Disciple Making Movement
  • Discovery Bible Study
  • Evangelism
  • Missional
  • Person of Peace

Not talking the same language makes communication difficult, but not even knowing that we are not talking the same language makes it almost impossible!

So the question is this: how do we more effectively communicate with one another and cast vision to others for the rapid spread of and obedience to the Gospel?

One answer is to tell more stories – to use more descriptions and rely on fewer definitions. That will be my goal over the next few weeks as I try to describe what I mean by urban disciple making movements.

Your turn:

  1. What stories best communicate your vision for urban disciple making movements?
  2. How can you use stories to better collaborate with other disciple makers?

Share your thoughts and make it a conversation!

2 thoughts on “show and tell

  1. I agree that story telling is an effective way to develop a thesis. I’ve seen this in my reading over the last few months. For example, in Ori Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom’s book, “The Starfish and the Spider”, they point out that one tool of a “catalyst” is story telling – and they tell many stories in their book to develop their theses. (You’ll need to read their book to discover the other 11 tools). Another business type book that I’ve read recently, “Great by Choice” by Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen, also tells many stories to develop its main points. And of course the Bible tells many stories to develop its thesis, Jesus being the master story teller. So I think you are on to something here by suggesting that story telling is an effective means to develop what you mean by “urban disciple making movements”. I’m looking forward to hearing some good stories about movements in urban areas, because, well, I don’t know of many, but am praying that there are multitudes to tell.


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