The Storyframes Collective is a collaborative effort between The Gospel Coalition and the Austin Stone Church for the purpose of celebrating the extraordinary work of God in the lives of ordinary people. Through excellence in the art of storytelling (film, photojournalism, spoken word, and writing), this project aims to recount God’s redemptive, transforming work in the lives of our brothers and sisters. In form, this website collects encouraging stories about God’s grace. In function, we want these stories to inspire you to praise God.

As a collective, we hope that people from around the world will join us in collecting and telling the amazing stories of God’s grace and the power of the gospel. We hope this project will increase your faith, encourage your spirit, and open your eyes to the extraordinary work of God every day in your life and in the lives of others around you.

While these stories differ in characters, formats, and locations, they share the same hero: God. Whether highlighting addiction recovery, healing, renewal, transformation, or any other form of good news, they testify to God’s power and grace, made available to us through the person and work of Jesus Christ.

We hope you not only enjoy reading, hearing, and seeing these stories, but also take time to observe the stories of those around you. Tell others the story of what God has done for the world in Jesus Christ, and tell us your story — what God has done in you.

Why Storytelling?

The Story

The Gospel. Every Christian is a storyteller. To share the gospel is to tell someone a story about what God has done for the world through Jesus Christ. To be entrusted with the gospel is to own the responsibility to tell this story to others. Sharing the gospel with someone means you tell them story of redemption—sin, sacrifice, forgiveness, renewal, and redemption.

Your Story

Your testimony. The gospel changes lives. It puts to death the old self and brings new life to a new creation. God accomplishes his purposes in and through you, and your life gives evidence of the glory of God and the power of his grace. Testimony is the distinct genre Christian genre of storytelling. One of the most profound joys of the Christian life is to share these stories with the world—the story of the gospel as well as the personal stories of God’s work in our lives.