Storied Faith: Listening to God Through Story

Elevate your ministry’s impact through the art of storytelling.

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In a world filled with competing stories, “Storied Faith: Listening to God Through Story” offers a transformative solution, guiding you on a journey of self-discovery to connect your unique narrative with God’s grand story. This unique course seeks to foster cultural sensitivity, adaptability, and the transformative power of storytelling for ministry entrepreneurs to engage with a variety of audiences. Led by Dr. Susan Brooks and featuring the dynamic artist Joe Davis, you will delve into biblical narratives, explore your own stories, and discover how storytelling strengthens the community around you.

Through a series of engaging modules, you will delve into the theology of storytelling, create narratives that resonate and adapt to different audiences, and contextualize your own relationship with God. Each module features a Bible story recounted by the captivating storyteller Joe Davis. Through his lively and thought-provoking style, Davis will bring to life six familiar biblical tales that will captivate your imagination and open your heart to the profound truths they hold. By the end of the course, you will have the tools to share your own story confidently, cultivate a community of Christ-like people, and nurture an honest and open congregation.

What You'll Learn

  • Unearth the transformative power of storytelling to help foster more meaningful relationships in Christ
  • Reflect on personal narratives to cultivate hope and a renewed sense of faith in God’s faithfulness
  • Delve into the science of storytelling to create narratives that resonate and adapt to different audiences
  • Develop the ability to contextualize your relationship with God as a means of connecting with other people
  • Embrace the art of sharing your story to inspire and bring hope to others

About this Course

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  • Time

6 hours, 30 minutes

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Here's What's Inside...

Get oriented to the course, download the interactive handbook, and access the group to chat with others!

In this module, you will:

  • Consider the ways in which story and truth intersect.
  • Identify some of your own transcendent stories.

In this module, you will:

  • Understand the ways in which the human brain processes story.
  • Pay attention to your own reactions to story.
  • Practice gratitude for God’s gift of story.

In this module, you will:

  • Understand the ways in which faith intersects with archetypal story structures.
  • Consider your place in God’s grand narrative of redemption.

In this module, you will:

  • Understand the ways in which faith intersects with archetypal story structures.
  • Consider your place in God’s grand narrative of redemption.

In this module, you will:

  • Enter into the sacredness of listening and remembering.
  • Reflect on your own story of God’s work in your lif

In this module, you will:

  • Experiment with story shapes
  • Create a story of God’s work in your life

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You'll Learn How to Tell the Story

In a world where information overload can leave us feeling adrift, “Storied Faith” offers a lifeboat—an opportunity to navigate the vast sea of stories and find refuge in the ones that resonate with God’s work. By delving into stories that matter and reflecting on our own narratives, we uncover hope, find inspiration, and gain a renewed sense of faith in God’s faithfulness.

This course empowers you to engage with stories that matter, from timeless biblical narratives to your own life experiences. The journey is not just about absorbing tales, but also about honing the art of storytelling to strengthen faith, inspire others, and connect with God’s work in profound ways. By embracing the art of storytelling, you become more receptive to the stories God is trying to tell you and hone your ability to spread the Gospel in an effective and culturally-sensitive way.

The course encourages us to listen and share our own stories. Throughout the course, you will learn how to become a storyteller—a conduit for God’s work in your life. Sharing your journey with others, you will find a sense of purpose and connection, discovering that your story is not just your own, but part of a larger narrative woven together by God.

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Here's everything you get for just $55:

  • Professionally designed workbook to enrich your learning experience
  • 6 familiar Bible stories told in a lively and thought-provoking style
  • Learning activities to reinforce and expand on the concepts of storytelling
  • Thought-provoking prompts for self-reflection to contextualize your faith journey to resonate with a variety of audiences
  • A dedicated online community to learn and grow in your faith
  • Multiple modules covering specific topics about storytelling and ministry led by:
    • Lifelong literacy educator Dr. Susan Brooks;
    • and nationally touring artist, writer, speaker, and performer Joe Davis
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Meet Your Instructors

  • Susan Brooks

    Susan Leigh Brooks is a lifelong literacy educator with a passion for learning and teaching. After more than three decades of teaching reading and writing to learners from preschool age to graduate students, she currently serves as the Associate Director of Faith+Lead Academy. She creates online courses to encourage and equip people in their faith. Along with reading, of course, Dr. Brooks loves to garden and hike. She also loves to travel, having been to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area over 50 times. She and her husband have two adult children, two amazing children-in-law, and a new grandson, all of whom receive books for Christmas.

  • Joe Davis

    Joe Davis is a nationally-touring artist, educator, and speaker based in Minneapolis, MN. His work employs poetry, music, theater, and dance to shape culture. He is the Founder and Director of multimedia production company, The New Renaissance, the frontman of emerging soul funk band, The Poetic Diaspora, and qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory. He has keynoted, facilitated conversation, and served as teaching artist at hundreds of high schools and universities including in New York, Boston, and most recently as the Artist-in-Residence at Luther Seminary where he earned a Masters in Theology of the Arts.

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Learning happens best when you do it together with folks who are on the same journey as you are.

That's why our private social network, the Faith+Lead Learning Lab, hosts conversations about course content with other learners, instructors, TAs, and community leaders.

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Study together with a small group or congregation

Want to bring Storied Faith: Listening to God Through Story to your Bible study, small group, or even your entire congregation?

Choose "Enroll a Group" at checkout and select how many people you'd like to provide access to the course. You can go through the course together in-person, watch lessons together via Zoom, or even create a private group in the Learning Lab where participants can connect asynchronously.

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