Pastor Kevin Haah conveys of the importance of sharing stories within the community. New City Church listens to each other’s stories, including those of members from skid row and from those living in nearby lofts. They recognize their shared brokenness and redemption. This shapes a culture of authenticity and inclusivity. → On p 44, Branson discusses how sharing stories – both the church narrative and personal narratives – is a crucial practice in the work of practical theology. In the chapter on “Leading Change,” on pp 218-20, he connects relational leadership with a church’s need to pursue telling and listening to each others’ stories. And on p 235, Martínez emphasizes the importance of cultural narratives in a church. Consider your church’s practices concerning story telling and your own experiences in telling and listening. How can these practices provide an environment in which your church gains deeper capacities for understanding, inclusiveness, and an imagination that is adequate for your life and mission? Discuss how this is essential to the Practical Theology cycle. This is the second video clip in a series with Pastor Kevin Haah.
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