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Story – Session #7

This is part of a series of posts about the 2011 Story Conference in Chicago by Jeremy Jernigan.

Matthew West

Matthew started his creative journey by telling his own story. Over the years, that has led him to want to connect his story to other people’s stories and then to tell those as well. This led him to invite people on Facebook to tell him their story so that he could shape his music off of that and he received ten thousand stories. Most of the stories centered around abuse that had been done to people. These were turned into a book that he wrote with Angela Thomas called The Story of Your Life.

Lauren Chandler

Lauren read through Psalm 107 and talked about how that coincides with her own journey. We can be so filled with the praises of men that we have no appetite for the Lord.

She shared the incredible story of her husband having a seizure two years ago and how that has radically changed their lives. While they were praying for things to all get better, they realized that God’s answer to their prayers was His very presence.

One Thousand Premieres

Ben Arment closed the session by announcing an exciting new project called “One Thousand Premieres.” It is a movie being made about David and Goliath that they are planning to release through the engine of the Church instead of the traditional six production companies.

He also interviewed Santino Stoner, one of the guys who will be overseeing this movie. Click here to find out more about it.

Story – Session #6

This is part of a series of posts about the 2011 Story Conference in Chicago by Jeremy Jernigan.

Skye Jethani

Danger –> fear –> control –> More danger. This is the narrative that drives most of our lives, human history, and most forms of religion.

5 postures with God:

  1. life under God (center of universe is divine will)
  2. life over God (center of universe is natural law)
  3. life from God (center of universe is yourself – this is consumer Christianity. God becomes a means to an end)
  4. life for God (center of universe is the mission we are called to)
  5. Life with God (center of universe is relationship flowing from God)

Most of our lives and ministries are bouncing between the first four postures. God is not a means to an end… even a good end. He is the end.

Danger –> fear –> surrender –> safe –> faith –> surrender.

The problem with the Church today is that we are dreaming the dreams of the world. We need the dreams of children, full of safety and goodness. With the wonder and beauty of who He is.

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Story – Session #5

This is part of a series of posts about the 2011 Story Conference in Chicago by Jeremy Jernigan.

Ann Voskamp

Creativity is being comfortable with not knowing what comes next. Where there is no vision the people perish. Poetry is no trifling thing. Poetry sees the beauty in the ugly. Poetry sees Christ in the world. Poetry imagines a new Kingdom coming. Poetry is the language that slows us down. Where there is no poetry there is no possibility of an alternative future. Art is never about applause; it’s about an author. The prophets were always the ones who spoke the poetry. A third of the Bible is poetry. Artists create in response to God to invite others to respond to God. Without poetry the people perish. Looking comes first. A holy imagination makes the unseen seen.

Only the amateurs hurry. In Christ, time is not running out. We are on the brink of eternity.

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Story – Session #4

This is part of a series of posts about the 2011 Story Conference in Chicago by Jeremy Jernigan.

Ben Arment

Ben is the founder of the Story conference and began by talking about his Dream Year project that he does with a handful of dreamers each year. Ben walks with them throughout the year in making their ream become an reality. I actually had the chance to interview Ben on my blog almost a year ago, and I have been following him for awhile. Just experiencing this conference is a testament to how creative Ben and his team truly are.

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Story – Session #3

This is part of a series of posts about the 2011 Story Conference in Chicago by Jeremy Jernigan.

Esther Havens

“You have misled the public if you become a part of the story.” Rob Miracle

Esther launched her photography career believing those words. But staying disconnected from the people she was photographing around the world pushed her down a road of selfishness. She realized that who we are is not our circumstance. Instead of staying removed from the people she was meeting, she resolved to make sure that her camera didn’t get between her connecting with others.

She realized that she was missing connection. Getting involved takes work, but it blessed her in the process. Listening is a form of love. Above is one of her photos focusing on the power of light.

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Story – Session #2

This is part of a series of posts about the 2011 Story Conference in Chicago by Jeremy Jernigan.

Tom Ryan

Tom is the CEO of Threadless.com which has a 1.5 million member community. The company started in 2000 and has grown like crazy in the last eleven years.  They have built their company on crowdsourcing, but focusing on doing with a community and not an anonymous crowd. Individuals submit art that then gets made into shirts that everyone can buy. People are coming because they have shared values and they want to interact together.

They expanded this to Threadless causes and also consumer products like thermos bottles and iPhone cases. They connect aspiring artists with the outlets for their art. They’ve had over 300,000 submissions and have only been able to use a few thousand. While not everyone’s design gets used, the value extends to offering real peer feedback that gives value to the artists even when they are not the winners of a specific design contest.

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Story – Session #1

This is part of a series of posts about the 2011 Story Conference in Chicago by Jeremy Jernigan.

Welcome friends, to our first of a handful of posts about the Story Conference in Chicago. The theme for 2011 is “Imagine Nation.” It seems an appropriate theme given the ten year anniversary we just remembered last weekend. I’m one of the teaching pastors at Central Christian Church in Arizona, so much of these notes will be highlights that stand out to me from a teaching/content point of view. The conference began with worship by John Mark McMillan and then introduced us to our first speaker.

Ed Dobson

Ed shared his story of being told that death was near when he was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).What’s it like to be told you’re dying? He described it as dark, lonely, and claustrophobic. He thought he’d get really serious about prayer, about Heaven… but it wasn’t not true. Instead, he felt despair take over. He began to wonder: “How do I climb back up the staircase to the warmth and the sunshine?”

The only day we have is now and we need to live it to the glory of God. Ed became quick to listen and slow to judge. In the worst moment of his life, God showed up. And he learned that in life, we don’t control squat.

“When you are living for the future it’s hard to find God. When you are living in the moment He is right there with you.”