Many churches are constantly trying to find ways to share faith through testimonies. As technology advances and as more and more ideas become commonplace, many churches and religious organisations look for ways to spread their messages innovatively and creatively. Cardboard testimonies provide an outlet of expression for those who wish to share and, at the same time, catch the attention of others.
What are Cardboard Testimonies?
A testimony is the relaying of something true that happened to an individual. This is usually a subjective, deeply personal story and in most churches is directly related to God's intervention in a person's life. Though in the past many testimonies were shared verbally, cardboard testimonies are written. With a simple piece of cardboard and a marker, the testifier usually writes one or two phrases that explain what they experienced before God's intervention. On the reverse side of the cardboard, the testifier writes how God has changed that experience for the better.
Ideas for Testimonies
Spoken testimonies can be long and detailed, but cardboard testimonies rely on the dramatic effect of silent testifiers and short, powerful written phrasing. Inspiration for content for cardboard testimonies may come from particularly trying or difficult experiences or personal vices or addictions. One idea is for the testifier to choose the part of the past that they wished had never occurred or the one thing that they would feel uncomfortable or ashamed to share. This shows vulnerability and increases the dramatic effect of the reverse side of the cardboard testimony.
Ideas for Presentation
Although many churches hold cardboard testimony services, where the testifiers line up and reveal their testimonies, another good idea is to have the testimonies recorded or televised. Churches that choose to film the testimonies can then edit them for a desired effect. This also allows the testifiers to be able to keep the recording of their cardboard testimony for their own use and remembrance.
Ideas for Sharing Cardboard Testimonies
Technological advances have created numerous opportunities for cardboard testimonies to be shared not only within church communities, but across the nation and around the world as well. Through social media outlets and video streaming and sharing sites, cardboard testimony services and videos can be posted and shared. Since the purpose of a cardboard testimony is to share an experience with others, this maximises the desired effect.
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