St John's Evangelical Lutheran Church
God's work. Our hands.

Pastor's Page June 2019

We love stories.

Soothing and scary bed me stories read on laps. Stories about our family’s history told over heirlooms. Stories about God’s love for the world shared from a Bible. Click‐bait stories displayed over social media. Local stories discussed in the produce section of the grocery store.

Most of us appreciate a well‐told story, but how do we get there? How do we actually go about crafting a story that people will hear and remember?

The NY Times Smarter Living guide published How to Tell a Good Story, breaking the process down into four steps. Google it in order to see the whole guide.

Who, What, When

Puttng it Together

  • Don’t obsess over getting it perfect at first; just get going!
  • Structure your story with the characters and their interactions
  • Practice, edit, and polish
  • Performance Time

  • Take a deep breath. You’ve practiced this! Also, try not to be glued to the page.
  • Speak slowly and with good voice inflection.
  • If you lose your place, don’t panic OR apologize. Take a breath and find it again.
  • Taking it Further

  • Keep finding places to practice.
  • Remember that your story is meant to be shared, not read.
  • Avoid oversharing—There is a difference between telling a personally relatable story and TMI (Too Much Information)
  • The best way to get better at telling stories to people is to tell stories to people. Put another way, we learn to do by doing it.

    The stories we tell—whether “ministry moments.” bedtime Bible sagas, recounting a good me at church with our neighbor, or posting a picture and cap on on social media—well, they have the potential to make a difference. St. John’s story. God’s story. Our story. Tell and live the Story.

    Rev. Rachael C. Dietz



    We are a part of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod and a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.


    St John's Evangelical Lutheran Church

    One Front Street Plaza
    PO Box 5
    Mohnton PA 19540

    Office: 610-777-9985