Author: Ben Mandrell

A castle is an intimidating, impenetrable fortress, strategically surrounded by a moat. Its primary purpose is as a defensive structure, prepared for an attack by the enemy. The castle...
We Need Excellence in Outreach This month at Storyline, we are emphasizing our cultural value that “Excellence is Endearing.” We know that everything can’t be equally excellent, but there...
2017 is a year for engraining culture in our church. We want to wear our values on our sleeve, and communicate clearly who we want to be as we...
Denver, Colorado, ranks among the top 15 cities in America for post-Christian thinking. To put it plainly, people in the Mile High City aren’t running to the Bible when...
At Storyline, we see four portions on the ministry plate. We make four “asks” of our members: Participate in a worship service Plug into a Home Group Serve in...
At Storyline, we see four portions on the ministry plate. We make four “asks” of our members: Participate in a worship service Plug into a Home Group Serve in...
In a previous post, I described the essentials on the Storyline plate. We see four main commitments as mission critical and we strive to keep the main things the...
From the start, Storyline Fellowship has aimed at simplicity. To avoid confusing activity for accomplishment, we created a culture that makes four weekly “asks” of its members. Like a...
When God called a few of us to plant this church, we weren’t sure what to call it. As the Lead Pastor, I knew the final decision would fall...
Video Production Team Our podcasts, online videos, and monthly MyStory videos help tell the story of how God is at work at our church. The Video Production Team is...
Storyline is partnering with several other churches to support Arvada High School. Learn more about the specific ways we are serving the school.
At our Catch the Vision meeting on March 12, Ben shared the direction Storyline is headed in the elder appointment process.
At our Catch the Vision meeting on March 12, we received a short introduction to our new, full-time student pastor.
At our Catch the Vision meeting on March 12, members and leaders of Storyline affirmed Rob’s call to ministry and set him apart with a formal ordination service.
Storyline Fellowship was founded with a firm commitment to relational evangelism, which some people simply call friendship evangelism. This means that we aim to be an army of loving...
At Storyline Fellowship, we believe in relational evangelism. We say it this way: “warm conversations, not cold confrontations.” This means we love people where they are, we take an...
The little church pictured on this page is where my faith in Jesus was first nurtured. In my formative years, I was part of this little community called Tampico...
This Friday, Dads will don their dusty formal wear. There may even be a few ties in the room! At this special Father-Daughter date night, dads will create a...
We’re currently in a sermon series called A Good Name walking through the book of Proverbs. It’s all about seeking wisdom and walking wisely. One of the first steps...
It’s a sobering thought, but the Scriptures are clear: parents are called to be the primary faith trainers of their children. It’s a calling that cannot be delegated to...
Our Minds Must Be Changed  In Romans 12:1, the Scriptures declare, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind….” The mind...
Living in the 21st century presents many challenges for Christians, but this media-saturated culture offers a few fringe benefits. For example, while you run, commute, or walk your dog,...
Storyline Fellowship desires to strike the balance in being culturally relevant and theologically robust. If we are faithful to our mission to invite unconvinced friends, then our weekly gatherings...
Every church must choose an approach to its teaching ministry. Storyline Fellowship is committed to a less-popular methodology known as expository preaching (which you can read more about here.)...
You probably have noticed that preachers come in all shapes and sizes. There are big, gregarious, sweaty foreheaded preachers. There are short, slim, soft-spoken preachers. There are creative preachers...
The apostle Paul told his protégé Timothy to “Preach the Word (2 Tim. 4:2).” Scripture places a high priority on the act of public proclamation. Every pastor that feels...
Jesus was a serious reader. That statement may surprise you, but the Lord settled countless arguments by referring to the practice of reading. Here are just three examples, among...
Theologically Robust Author and pastor A.W. Tozer once said, “What comes into your mind when you think about God is the most important thing about you.” And we agree:...
At the heart of the New Testament is something called the Great Commission. You might call it “the Enormous Sending.” After rising from the dead, Jesus commanded his leaders:...
What has taken place with Storyline is nothing short of miraculous. Two years ago, this church was just an idea. A few of us gathered in hopes of planting...
At Storyline, we believe that church membership is not only biblical, but it is wonderfully counter-cultural. Commitment is a low commodity in our neck of the woods and we...
Writing Down The Dream In 1936, an English Professor named J.R.R. Tolkien grudgingly graded a stack of student essays. Suddenly, a picture popped into his head. Before it was...
Dear Storyline: I want to encourage you to take out your calendar (Right now!) and to draw a circle around four key Sundays that are fast-approaching: October 23 and...