Mark Yaconelli is – among many other things – a storyteller. Such is his belief in the power of stories that he founded The Hearth, a gathering of local people who simply share their own stories. Mark has seen this simple gathering profoundly impact his local community. So we ask Mark why it is that stories can have this effect, and what role stories played in his own ‘dark night of the soul’. So tune into the podcast to rediscover the ancient practice of storytelling.

Interview begins at 7m 6s

Image provided by Mark Yaconelli. Used with permission.


Disappointment, Doubt and Other Spiritual Gifts: Reflections on Life and Ministry


“The Christian faith is not about providing the answers, it’s about trying to help people fall in love with life…no matter what’s happening.”

“[Storytelling] is a kind of communion where suddenly we’re all sharing the very same experience. And as a Christian, that’s the way the faith has been passed on… and you can suddenly experience moments together that people were writing about thousands of years ago.”

“A story is not about right or wrong, true or false, a story is what you’ve lived…it’s possible for compassion to rise up in me about an issue I’ve been defended against.”


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  1. Really enjoyed this episode, but just thought I’d play devils advocate for your talk on prophecy at the end. Undoubtably the people who gave those words on being a big Christian leader envisaged some massive mega church leader and maybe you guys did too. But those are just the expectations we put on the prophecies we get. I once went to a pretty big church (about a 1000 people) and the leader of that church was seen as quite a big deal, but I imagine the reach of this podcast exceeds that 1000 people and that its ‘leading’ a lot of people on a faith journey. So in a sense those prophecies weren’t wrong. Just right in an unexpected way.

    • Hi Ian. Thanks for posting this, very encouraging!
      Interestingly, as I was editing this episode exactly the same thought occurred to me! It’s funny how things turn out isn’t it?!

    • Charles Young Aug 1, 2020

      Hello Mark, I ran across several of your UTube videos I think it was the slow club one. I will always remember Kirk Wolf, Miles Murphy and You in my World History class.. Your Dad would be very proud of you . God bless, Charlie Young

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