How to Collect Stories of Life Change from Families and Volunteers
One of the most powerful things in the church is stories of life change.
They can inspire, excite, energize, build momentum, cause celebration and…be sporadic and unpredictable.
At the church where I serve, we began to wonder whether they were sporadic and unpredictable because life is the same way or simply because we didn’t have anything in place to formally capture the stories.
So we decided to figure it out, and as it ended up it was both/and.
Life is unpredictable and so are it’s stories.
But putting strategies in place has definitely increased the volume of stories we’re hearing.
So if you want to capture more stories of life change at your church, here are some ideas.
Capturing Stories of Life Change from Volunteers
(1) Sunday Mornings: On the schedules we give to volunteers we define what it looks like for them to win in each service area and encourage them to write down wins they see and the stories that go along with them.
(2) Sunday Afternoon Texts: We know that Sundays are a whirlwind, and volunteers can run out of time or forget to write down stories, so we text them Sunday afternoon to ask if they have any stories they forgot to share.
Capturing Stories of Life Change from Parents
Text near the end of the month: We do it the 3rd Friday of every month. There’s nothing special about the 3rd Friday; it’s just the day that fits best within our overall strategy.
(If the reference to the Redbox code is confusing, it’s part of an outreach strategy we use to empower families to go to their neighbors. You can read more about it in this post: How to Do Family Outreach Every Month without Burning Out of Breaking the Bank.)
Our strategy is really simple, but it’s also been really effective.
For texting we use a service called MightyText (mightytext.net), which is about $5/month
It allows you to create groups and schedule the texts in advance, which is super helpful to not have to remember in the moment on Sundays and Fridays to send out the texts.
Volunteers appreciate that you care about their stories, and so they’re more intentional about creating more.
Parents love the personal touch and that you care about God working in and through their family.
In doing the, while the stories have still been unpredictable at times, we’ve been able to hear about a lot more life change that would have slipped through the cracks otherwise.
And with that comes momentum, as we share them with senior leadership, our volunteers, and other families.
How do you capture stories of life change at your church? Leave a comment; I’d love to hear about it.
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