Everybody has a story! Your children have a story when they do not clean up their room. Your teenager has a story on why they came home late last night. Your employer has a story when your check is going to be late. Your doctor has a story when you have to sit in his office longer than you would like too. Even the guy that gets pulled over by the police office has a story! Everybody has a story, even your Sunday school class!
David Francis, author of the book, Transformational Church Goes to Sunday School states, “No one’s story is complete until it has intersected with God’s story.” Those that are in your Sunday School class whose lives have been changed because of an encounter with Christ have a great story to tell. Why, because it is real! Real life situations have faces and names sharing how
they have seen the Lord work in their life.
Allow your class the opportunity to tell their story. It is a great way to impact learning and build relational intentionality. For the most part people do not have a safe place to practice telling their story. Let your classroom be the practice facility to get their feet wet. Give them time on Sunday!
This is a great way to build your members’ faith and confidence in sharing their story among people they trust, their small community. It will make each person and your class a real-live environment instead of standard fifty-minute routine you go through every week.
If you have difficulty getting started, point to the greatest story teller ever, Jesus! Show how Jesus used stories to make His point, illustrate a message, or convey a truth. Then ask the right questions, and you will be surprised what happens in your class.
Telling your story, it’s so easy…well, you know what I mean!
Dwayne Lee serves as Associate Group Leader for the Bible Teaching/Leadership Team of the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio.