Narrate Church Series - Withwards

What if our lives are directly connected to those who are with us, for better and for worse?  

What if the quality of our lives are determined by the quality of our relationships?

What if we’re all going “withwards”, it’s just a matter of who with and where we’re headed?

Conversations about relationships can be tricky.  If we’re not careful such conversations become prescriptive and narrow.  They can lead toward forced and artificial answers to authentic needs not easily forced.  Withwards isn’t about forcing relationships or brokering friendships; it is about an honest exploration about the power and importance of genuine friendships.  

With that in mind, this Sunday we’re launching a new four week conversation called Withwards. Coming out of a long, cold winter seems the perfect time to explore the power of relationships.  We want to explore what happens when we’re well connected, and what happens when we’re not.  We also want to suggest some tangible ideas for forming new friendships and strengthening existing ones.

Narrate Church Series - Give & Take #5

What if the world is filled with givers, takers and matchers?

Givers want "win/win".
Takers want “I win”.
Matchers want “tit for tat” - nothing more, nothing less.

Which are you?  What changes if you learn to function more like a giver?  

At work?  
Within your friendships?  
For your community?  
In your marriage?
With your kids?
Between you and God?

Give & Take is a conversation about the ways we approach life, and what’s at stake.  It’s predicated on research suggesting everyone has a reciprocal style and that everyday each of us encounter opportunities to choose whether to be a giver, taker or matcher.

Intrigued?  We’d love for you to join us starting Sunday January 8th, downtown at Grandstreet Theatre at 830, 10 or 1130am at Narrate Church.  You can learn more about Narrate and our new upcoming conversation by visiting narrate church.org or by find us on Facebook.

Narrate Church Series - Focused? #2

What does it look like to focus in a culture that seems to be doing all it can to keep us from doing so?  We sit down to work on a problem or formulate an idea, only to find ourselves answering email.  We go to dinner with a friend and spend the majority of the time tending to texts and social media pings.  And then there’s our kids!  How do we help them navigate a world deeply influenced by constant connection and novel internet stimulation?  How is it impacting the way they think?  What’s it doing to all of our ability to relate?

I think we all have a sense that the internet in general and our smartphones in particular have dramatically changed our lives.  But have we stopped to consider how? 

What if there’s a tremendous advantage to be found in engaging technology differently?  In getting intentional by creating well researched boundaries.  What if those with healthy iPhone boundaries are certain to gain an advantage in creativity, productivity and connection?

This is a series about how the internet and its myriad devices impact our ability to think and relate to others.  It endeavors to delve into our need to create boundaries for iPhones, the internet and the vast array of web tools.  We’d love for you to join us...

Sine Quo Non - September 18, 2016
To Think, or Not to Think - September 25, 2016
Reclaiming Boredom & Free Time - October 2, 2016
Reclaiming Conversation - October 9, 2016

Narrate Church Series - Focused? #1

What does it look like to focus in a culture that seems to be doing all it can to keep us from doing so?  We sit down to work on a problem or formulate an idea, only to find ourselves answering email.  We go to dinner with a friend and spend the majority of the time tending to texts and social media pings.  And then there’s our kids!  How do we help them navigate a world deeply influenced by constant connection and novel internet stimulation?  How is it impacting the way they think?  What’s it doing to all of our ability to relate?

I think we all have a sense that the internet in general and our smartphones in particular have dramatically changed our lives.  But have we stopped to consider how? 

What if there’s a tremendous advantage to be found in engaging technology differently?  In getting intentional by creating well researched boundaries.  What if those with healthy iPhone boundaries are certain to gain an advantage in creativity, productivity and connection?

This is a series about how the internet and its myriad devices impact our ability to think and relate to others.  It endeavors to delve into our need to create boundaries for iPhones, the internet and the vast array of web tools.  We’d love for you to join us...

Sine Quo Non - September 18, 2016
To Think, or Not to Think - September 25, 2016
Reclaiming Boredom & Free Time - October 2, 2016
Reclaiming Conversation - October 9, 2016