The Power of Story

11 Mar

As many of you know, I love a good story. I love how stories work, how they come together, and how they work. The folks at Pixar love a good story, too. They are, after all, the ones who brought us movies like Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and many others.

One of their story artists posted some rules of story creation that captured my attention. The list is here:

I think it is a fascinating list, and I think it has a real ministry application. In dialoguing with and mentoring or apprenticing people, I often find that people are either struggling to understand their story and their place in it, or they are interested in writing a new story to their lives, and moving forward. Some of the tips on this list from Pixar struck me as excellent questions to ask in a mentoring/apprenticing context. For example, numbers 1, 6, 8, and 9.

What strikes you from this list? 

How could you incorporate these ideas into your own leadership context?

What other ways do you have to guide people forward?

Finally, here’s a bonus quote that I think also has some ministry application:

In the book Tell Me a StoryScott McClellan writes, “A story is progress, action toward an outcome. Characters without a pursuit do not make for a [good] story.”

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