Storytelling and the Preacher

This Storytelling and the Preacher course is designed to help communicators, particularly preachers, use stories well to form grace-shaped communities.

Takes approximately 22 hours to complete.


Training more than one person?


Art & Creativity, Bible, Church, Faith & Everyday Life, Ministry Leadership, Thinking Theologically, and Worship

Course Description

God’s chosen method for revealing divine love and redemption was through a grand story. Stories arrest us and change us. They help us view both ordinary days and extraordinary seasons as mysterious and meaningful parts of a whole. This Storytelling and the Preacher course is designed to help communicators, particularly preachers, use stories well to form grace-shaped communities. In this course, you’ll identify the benefits of using illustrations in sermons. You’ll discover the variety of illustrations that exist and how to use them well. And you’ll also recognize the common pitfalls of storytelling so you can avoid them. After completing this course, you’ll strengthen your ability to craft public speeches and sermons that are truly impactful and formative.
This is a FULLER Equip course that includes an assessment and feedback upon completion. This course is not a part of a certificate program and will not be credited toward additional work.

Meet Your Instructors

Stuart Strachan Jr.

Stuart Strachan Jr. is an ordained Presbyterian pastor. His primary passion is equipping the saints for the ministry of the church (Eph. 4). He loves preaching, teaching, and helping churches cast vision for what it means to follow Jesus in the 21st Century. He has served churches in a variety of capacities in California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Washington; and he has developed and curates The Pastor’s Workshop, an online portal and resource for pastors as they plan sermons and worship services. In his free time, Stu enjoys golf, gardening, reading a good book, and watching baseball.

What is a FULLER Equip course?

The FULLER Equip courses are designed with the goal of providing a comprehensive education in the study of Scripture and its practical applications to life, work, and the advancement of God's kingdom.

These courses are specifically tailored to meet the needs of learners around the world, offering a global perspective on the study of Scripture and its relevance to everyday life.

Whether you are looking to deepen your personal understanding of Scripture, or seeking to apply its principles to your professional life or ministry, FULLER Equip courses offer a wide range of resources and tools to help you achieve your goals.

From online lectures and interactive discussions to practical assignments and case studies, these courses are designed to engage learners at all levels and equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed. So whether you are a beginner or an experienced student of Scripture, FULLER Equip courses have something to offer everyone.

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FULLER Equip is an extension of Fuller Theological Seminary. It offers non-degree courses, professional certificate programs, training services, and research to help individuals and organizations advance the kingdom of God. FULLER Equip provides courses covering theology, leadership, counseling, and more. Professional certificate programs offer specialized study. Equip also offers training services such as customized workshops and coaching. Lastly, Equip conducts research and engages in strategic partnerships to innovate Christian ministry and service.

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