The Joy Thieves

The Joy Thieves Author Jennifer Elizabeth Barchi
ISBN-10 1946478172
ISBN-13 9781946478177
Year 2017-04-12
Pages 126
Language English
Publisher Parson’s Porch Books
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We dont want a storyteller The search committee told me this in one of my final interviews after I asked what they were looking for in a preacher Their response triggered a sinking feeling in my gut because thats exactly what I am a storyteller For a brief moment I thought of writing a completely new sermon to give them as a sample of my style but common sense won So it was with great reluctance that I sent them the documents that Id already prepared Certainly my homiletic style would take me out of the running for this position that I was so excited about and felt so called to Much to my surprise it did not Not long after I started serving as the pastor of Dickey Memorial Presbyterian Church one of the members of that search committee took me aside and said You know when we said we didnt want a storyteller we werent talking about your kind of stories We just wanted someone who would challenge and teach us not just give us fluff I understood what she meant For many adults in America the word storytelling evokes images of childhood brightly colored artwork illustrating the fast paced narratives of picture books or the family Thanksgiving table where Grandma and Grandpa tell the hilarious stories of mom or dad as a kid Even though we know that Jesus parables were technically stories we dont always equate modern storytelling with serious spiritual growth Too often we think that serious learning should come in an equally serious package

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