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How are you telling your story?

Many para-church groups make a great a mistake in not knowing how to articulate their work or how to properly equip others to articulate their work. The biggest mistake that YFC banquets and Comedy Cafe's make is asking people to share their testimony. What? Those testimonies encourage  people! Those testimonies move people! Yes, and sometimes they discourage people! And sometimes they move people to stop supporting. Follow my logic for just a minute. Stop asking people to share "Their" testimony and start asking people to help you tell "Your" story. Their is a big difference. When you ask for "Their" story you have to almost take what they give you. But when you ask a person to be a part of sharing "Your" story you can give them quality script that brings their part into harmony with the message that you need to send. Plus they will really receive much better accolades from a well crafted testimony of how YFC changed their life.

Whose fundraiser is this, YFC's or theirs? If it is their's then by all means let them tell their story. If it is yours, it is your responsibility to tell "Your" story and tell it right. Don't worry, we are going to help you tell it right. Telling your story through other people is much less painful than you think. Your financial response is going to be much - much beter.

One of the most successful story telling machines of all time is PIXAR. The geek driven computer graphics division of Lucas Films. Disney bought them. Their thirteen feature length films have made them $7.6 billion dollars, and garnered them six Academy Awards and twenty-six Oscars. So far... I have a feeling there is more to come!

PIXAR knows how to tell a story. Look below at the overarching story presentation of PIXAR. It holds true to every story they tell and every film they make. Pay close attention to the ease of the story when they follow a standardized outline as shown in the underlined sentence starts.

FINDING NEMO PIXAR STORY

Once upon a time... there was a fish named Marlin, a widower who was very protective of his only son, Nemo...
Every Day... Marlin repeatedly warned Nemo about the dangers of the ocean and warned him not to stray far from home...
One day... in an act of independence, Nemo ignored those warnings and swam out into the open water...
Because of that... Marlin sets off on a rescue mission, receiving the help of other sea creatures along the way... (Sometimes the “Because of that” will be up to four lines with the same intro.)
Until finally... Marlin and Nemo reunite, celebrate, and reminisce in lessons well learned...

Wow, that was simple. Wow, that was powerful too. Let's take that student testimony from last year and put it through the Pixar funnel using the following outline that will work for any and every story with little exceptions. It may seem short, but remember that we are going for impact not length. People only remember so much. The less you say, the more they truly remember and understand.

Sample   PIXAR  Story  Outline

Once upon a time___________________________________________________________...

Every month_______________________________________________________________...

One day__________________________________________________________________...

Because of that,____________________________________________________________...

Because of that,____________________________________________________________...

Because of that,____________________________________________________________...

Until Finally,_______________________________________________________________...

Thank you, ______________________________________ (We add the thank you line because this is a donor response required testimony.)
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What if you had your clients give their testimony at your next banquet with this outline? Could it shorten the time and increase the effectiveness? YES, and YES!

Sample  Student  PIXAR  Story
 
Once upon a time line... (I was 16, living in an alcoholic & drug abusive family. Everything you could imagine went on under my roof. There was no safety that a student needs...)

Every day line... (I often laid in my bed at night and considered suicide. I started using drugs and alcohol. I was running with the wrong crowd. I was out of control. It was all I knew...)

One day/month line... (It was on a Tuesday that Steve from YFC saw me in the hall and invited me to Campus Life Club. He said there was free pizza. Our cafeteria food is horrible so I went....)

Because of that line... (At that meeting I met people who loved me and wanted the best for my life...)

Because of that line... (I realized that I was loved by God. And that Jesus gave His life so that I could be born again to a new life and new family...)

Because of that line... (Because of that, after a few weeks I prayed to receive Christ into my heart...)

Until Finally line... (My life is so different now. I am a new person. Like it says in Jeremiah 29, I have a hope and a future...)

Thank you line... (Tonight I stand here grateful for you who have provided the YFC Campus Life Club at Hopewell High School. I'm thankful for the new life-skills that you are providing provided me with through the mentoring of the YFC staff. My life is totally transformed. Thank you...)

That was simple now wasn't it? You do not need gory details. Look at Jesus story of the prodigal Son. Maybe Pixar took the outline from there! Jesus told the story, yet summed the graphic details into the fewest possible words. If we don't like the Pixar outline, we can at least follow the Jesus outline.

You can use this outline to tell every story. The basic details will change, but you will tell different stories in a way that your donors will be able to process them. Your Comedy Cafe or banquet is about the donors perception first and foremost.

Do you have a YFC  PIXAR story?

What are you going to say in the 30 seconds you will have to hook a potential Pastor before he is distracted by something else? Having your own Pixar story will be of great benefit to your organization and you personally. Sometimes you only have 30 seconds to turn a potential donor on, or they will wander away. Are you ready to do that? Here is a quick test to see if you are personally ready. You have 30 seconds, tell me the story of your work... Go... start now... (the clock is ticking). If you could not do it, you are not alone. Out of 30, usually only one Director can do it with any degree of clarity. The ones that can are poised for success. Let's get you ready for that. If you are also raising support for yourself it would behoove you to have a Pixar presentation for your own story as well.


The outline below shows an example of how your YFC Chapter might create a Pixar story for your ministry. I would hope that every staff and board member would have it memorized and ready to present at a moments notice. If I were in charge, I would make it mandatory.

Sample  YFC  PIXAR STORY

Over 100 years ago, public schools began to teach children that they were descendents of ape's, and thus nothing more than educated animals. By the mid 60's the Bible and prayer was eliminated from our public school system. The result of that can be easily seen in the skyrocketing rates of Suicide, drug abuse, alcoholism, teen pregnancy, and sexually transmitted deceases among our students.

In the 1940's a group of people joined together to form Youth For Christ to reach the youth of America, and in 1963, Dr. Billy Graham stepped up to be YFC's first employed staff member. We have a great heritage...

Because of that, today there are 160 YFC Chapters across the country impacting thousands of schools, including the ones right here in Tuscaloosa, AL...

Because of that, some 6000 students are receiving Biblical alternatives to the tide of secular humanism they are being taught every day. Through the Campus Life clubs, we are able to proclaim that life changing message right inside of the Public Schools. Considering that 80% of those who make decisions for Christ do that before they are 18, it is only natural that our evangelism efforts should be focused in this area...

Because of that, Student's lives are being transformed by the power of the gospel. Through our Juvenile Justice program we are able to touch the lives that have completely spiraled out of control...

By the favor of God,
Youth for Christ is reaching where many others have given up. Youth for Christ is where you can invest your resources to see genuine impact for the kingdom of God and the betterment of today's young people. You can reach students for Christ...


Until you can tell your story quickly and efficiently nobody is going to want to hear it!

How would this Pixar presentation change for a personal YFC staff member to use for their own personal presentation for funds to their own local church or possible supporters? Let me suggest the following...

Sample  YFC  Staff Personal Pixar  Outline

Over one hundred years ago public schools began to teach children that they were descendents of ape's, and thus nothing more than educated animals. By the mid 60's the Bible and prayer was eliminated from our public school system. The result of that can be easily seen in the skyrocketing rates of Suicide, drug abuse, alcoholism, and sexually transmitted deceases among our student population. Atheism and secular humanism has become the national religion.

One day a group of people joined together to form Youth For Christ, and Dr. Billy Graham stepped up to be our first paid staff member. We have a great heritage...

Today I am on staff with the Tuscalosa YFC. We are part of the 160 YFC Chapters across the country impacting thousands of schools...

Because of that, right here in Tuscalosa, 6000 students are receiving Biblical alternatives to the tide of secular humanism they are being taught every day. Through the Campus Life clubs, we are able to proclaim that life changing message right inside of the Public Schools. Considering that 80% of those who make decisions for Christ do that before they are 18, it is only natural that our evangelism efforts should be focused in this area...
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Because of that, Student's lives are being transformed by the power of the gospel. Through our Juvenile Justice program we are able to touch the lives that have completely spiraled out of control...

By the favor of God, Youth for Christ / Campus Life is reaching where many others have given up. Youth for Christ is where you can invest to see genuine impact for the kingdom of God and the betterment of today's young people...

As a staff member I raise my own support to make this evangelistic work happen. I become the extension ministry of people who would love to reach today's youth. I become their missionary to the students of America. Would you be willing to choose me to be your missionary to this generation? What questions do you have about my work?....

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Now there you have a rough draft. See what you can do. Keep it simple. Keep it clear. Follow the outline. Fight the desire to tell intricate stories in this presentation. This is not a sermon, this is a quick way for you to introduce yourself to people and get them to ask you questions. It needs to be presentable in less than 60 seconds!

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