Charles Maynard: Using Storytelling in Your Preaching to Make Easter Memorable
The mark of a good story is when your congregation begins to say, “That made me remember a time when …”
Good storytelling leads listeners to take your story and make it apply it to their own situations. Good preaching and good storytelling go hand in hand, and the ability to inspire your congregation is never greater than Easter Sunday, when we have the largest attendance of the year.
Join master storyteller, Rev. Charles Maynard, as he reaches into his story chest to share some of his best tips with you. He will also share examples of Easter sermon stories.
Maynard believes a good story doesn’t have to be explained. During this session, he will share his tips on telling a story, rather than explaining a story.
“Jesus didn’t go around explaining his stories,” Maynard once said. “Imagine if there was a paragraph after every parable that said, ‘Let me explain to you what this means.’”
Charles Maynard is pastor of traditional worship at 5,300 member Cokesbury United Methodist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. He is the author of several books including A Storyteller Looks at the Gospel of John and A Storyteller Looks at The Parables.