Forecasting September 2009: “Collected & Told”

Collected and Told


C.S. Lewis once said that what the church needs is not better arguments, but better metaphors. As we revisit and refresh our values this month, our aim will be to capture through image and metaphor a sense of purpose and direction that will not only frame our learning over the next twelve months, but also influence the trajectory of our community.


“Collected and Told” is about how we gauge health at theStory. Simply put, it’s about collecting and telling God stories. Though it may sound like a simplistic or even childlike way to measure success, when you stop and think about it, what has more power and sway than good story? Better yet, what on earth carries more weight than the greatest Story ever told?


“Neither revolution nor reformation can ultimately change a society, rather you must tell a new powerful tale, one so persuasive that it sweeps away the old myths and becomes the preferred story, one so inclusive that it gathers all the bits of our past and our present into a coherent whole, one that even shines some light into our future so that we can take the next step…If you want to change a society, then you have to tell an alternative story.”

-Ivan Illich, Austrian philosopher