Why Community is Essential for Artists

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A community of artists produces better art—that’s our philosophy at The Austin Stone. The lone ranger approach to art and storytelling can be done, but it’s not sustainable. Working alone limits the amount of stories an artist can tell, and they miss out on the creative inspiration that comes from creating within community. When a community of artists works together to tell stories, they create …

Behind the Story: A Father’s Love

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“There were smiles and chuckles and even tears as he rode on this emotional rollercoaster of his life being played back through two speakers.” Nijalon Dunn is a second year resident with The Austin Stone Story Team. Nijalon is a talented photographer (check out his Instagram feed), and he is skilled when it comes to finding the heart of the story …

Welcome to Storyteam.org!

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Welcome to our site! Whether you attend the Austin Stone Community Church, have enjoyed our stories or films, or heard about us on social media—we’re excited to equip you as you grow in your role as an artist or gospel storyteller. What is the Story Team? Story Team is a ministry of the Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas. We are a community of …

Behind the Story: Photographing “Choosing Joy”

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“‘Mom, is this from the same bullet that killed daddy?’ In the middle of this, I didn’t even bring the viewfinder to my eye. I saw the moment, almost peripherally, and I lifted my camera and snapped it, hoping it was in focus.” Betsy Lackey is an international wedding photographer who produces some amazing work. Betsy has served as a photographer …

How to Empower Artists in the Local Church

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As church leaders, if we want to identify and empower artists in our local churches, we have to start valuing the artists more than we value the art that they create. Here at The Austin Stone we highly value storytelling. However, we value even more the hearts and souls of our artists. We want to pastor and lead them well. We want them to …

The Art of Interviewing: Part 1

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The great paradox of interviewing is that it’s not so much about the interview itself, but actually much more about what you’ve done before you begin. In the film world we often have extremes. On one hand, Albert Maysles forged a style of documentary filmmaking called direct cinema.  In his mind the use of interviews has the potential to dilute the purity …

Why Do We Tell Stories?

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As Lead Storyteller at The Austin Stone, I’m often asked, “Why do you tell stories at the Austin Stone? Why does a church put so much time, energy, effort and resources into a storytelling ministry?” The answer is simple. We tell stories at the Austin Stone for two reasons: To inspire the Church to worship Jesus Christ for who he is …