Sharing YOUR Faith Story
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(Sep 15, 2015)
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“Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence.” (1 Peter 3:15,16)
What is the most effective way to evangelize? Personal witness. Nancy’s conversion story winds through the whys and hows of sharing the story of your conversion, renewal, healing, a miracle or answered prayer. Whether you view Sharing YOUR Faith Story Seminar alone, with a friend or with your Catholic group, she will inspire you and set you at ease with many ways to share your faith story with three talks:
1. Sharing Your Conversion Story - three basic steps
2. Sharing Your Renewal Story – or healing, miracle or answered prayer
3. Ten Tips for Sharing Your Faith Story – in person, in writing, on the Internet
Bring Sharing YOUR Faith Story Seminar to your Catholic group for * Days of renewal * Evangelization seminars * Book Group discussions * RCIA * Prayer groups * Bible Study series * Ministry or parish staff motivation * Parish missions
Nancy HC Ward is a convert, journalist, author, blogger, speaker and seminar leader who shares her joy in the Lord, her conversion, the Catholic Church and Christian community in Texas. She loves to share her faith story and help others share theirs.
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In this three part DVD, Nancy tells of her own conversion story (part 1), her renewal, or revitalization, of her faith (part 2), and tips on how you can best articulate your faith story at the next gathering you attend, without fearing rejection, confrontation, or appearing ignorant.
I found Nancy’s story of conversion from Protestantism to Catholicism very interesting. I found her renewal story, once through the Cursillo Movement, and again through the Life in the Spirit Charismatic Movement to be encouraging. I say encouraging because living the Catholic faith to the full requires a series of conversions, or renewals over a lifetime. Nancy’s sharing of her journey gives me encouragement that I, too, can get through the arid deserts of life and find renewal through the Holy Spirit. Nancy’s tips are the best for developing a sense of ease in sharing your own faith story.
Evangelization, however, comes more difficult for many of us. For whatever reason, many Catholics find it challenging to talk about the way the Lord is working in their lives, whether they’re speaking with family members, friends, colleagues, neighbors, or complete strangers.
It just got easier. My friend and sister in Christ Nancy Ward at JoyAlive.net is stepping out in faith with a new DVD, “Sharing YOUR Faith Story.” In addition to her own stories of renewal and conversion, Nancy provides ten tips for sharing your story. I was especially struck by her three suggestions for beginning to develop your story: Who were you before? What happened–was it a decisive moment, or a gradual awakening? Who are you now? It reminded me anew that storytelling was one of Jesus’s best evangelization tools, telling us parables about how people’s hearts, souls, or bodies were suffering… and then healed by the Lord’s love and mercy. It’s much more effective than judging people and telling them that in your less-than-humble opinion, they’re headed straight to hell.
For me, telling my faith story comes easy, perhaps because writing and speaking are among my gifts and because the Lord blessed me with numerous people, Catholic and non-Catholic, who were open with their journeys as I struggled to find my way back to the Church after an absence of more than thirty years. It’s also made it easier to identify those continual moments of conversion in the ten years I’ve been back and the wonderful people who have blessed me.
That said, for many of my friends, those moments are difficult to share. They seem too private, too personal. And yet, that is what we are called to do, to evangelize and bring souls to the Kingdom. Sharing our stories help to do that, and Nancy’s tips and advice on the DVD (also available in a seminar for your parish or group) show us all how to do that effectively.
The Sharing YOUR Faith Story seminar came from Nancy’s heartfelt desire to share her conversion story, her renewal story and the ways she found joy in sharing those experiences that brought her closer to God. The DVD takes her live seminar and opens it to encompass anyone who recognizes the need to evangelize through personal witness.
“Since conversion is a life-long calling, we can expect God to surprise us with little steps and big steps closer toward him,” she said. “I want to help as many people as possible learn to take these steps and always be ready to tell their unique story as only they can.”
With the study guide As Nancy tells her conversion and renewal stories she demonstrates how to witness effectively and authentically. Then she addresses tips and cautions that also apply to stories of healings, miracles and answered prayers. The DVD is ideal for Catholic leaders of small or large gatherings, Bible studies, retreats, evangelization seminars and parish missions.
Nancy’s gentle presentation motivates viewers to persevere in prayer and to listen to the encouragement of the Holy Spirit to discover and share their faith.
My favorite section of Nancy’s DVD is Part 3: 10 Tips for Sharing Your Faith Story. (I’m all about tips!) She grounds these tips in Scripture:
But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. (1 Peter 3:15)