What the Church Can Learn about Storytelling from The Boss

What the Church Can Learn about Storytelling from The Boss


What the Church Can Learn about Storytelling from The Boss

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Last Sunday night, the Tony’s honored one of America’s great storytellers (and one of my all-time fave performers), Bruce Springsteen. Springsteen received an award for his aptly named Broadway show, “Springsteen on Broadway.” Check out his televised performance at the Tony’s where he says, “I literally grew up surrounded by God.” In honor of Bruuuuuce, I’m re-posting one of my first blogs -- what we can learn about storytelling from him:
Tonight I am going to see “The Boss.” Yes, I know, as the bumper sticker tells me, “My boss is a Jewish Carpenter.” But tonight, I am going to see THE Boss – Bruce Springsteen.  It’s been on my bucket list for years and I stood, all by myself, for two hours at the local Safeway to score tickets (I clearly did not get the memo that Springsteen fans sleep in). Those Safeway people sure are perky at 8am!
Bruce, and I can call him Bruce because we are great friends, is known as the consummate storyteller through song. What can you learn about telling your church’s story from The Boss?
Be authentic. Bruce sings about what he knows, where’s he’s come from, and his experiences. Even if you don’t agree with his politics, after hearing him you don’t ever question his integrity.
Be passionate. Springsteen’s voice oozes with grit and passion. You know he believes deeply, you can hear the angst, fervor, hurt, and love in his voice and through his lyrics.
Be energetic. The Boss’ concerts are legendary events. Here’s a 63 year-old guy who can still rock the hall for over three hours. May we all be so full of life.
Be relevant. Bruce has been at this for over three decades. He could have hung up his guitar years ago and been satisfied with landing in the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 1999. But, he had more to say and new generations to influence.
Let’s hope the church still feels the same.

Originally posted November 11, 2012.

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Cesie Delve Scheuermann (pronounced “CC Delv Sherman,” yes, really) is a consultant in stewardship, development, and grant writing. Over the past fifteen years, while working as a volunteer and part-time consultant, she helped raise over three million dollars for numerous non-profit organizations. She promises this will be her last rock and roll column for a while. She was the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference Lay Leader from 2008-2012. Her position with the Conference is funded through a generous grant from the Collins Foundation. She is available to consult with churches. You can reach her at inspiringgenerosity@gmail.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/inspiringgenerosity.
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Cesie Delve Scheuermann

Cesie Delve Scheuermann is consultant in grant writing and stewardship/development working with the Conference. From 2008-12 she was the Conference Lay Leader for the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference.

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