Personal Stories: Why They're Awesome, How to Make Them, When to Use Them

As small group leaders we’ve all been there. You’re teaching the curriculum, asking great questions, having students read all the scripture verses, communicating deep spiritual truths in a way even John Piper would be proud of, and then, nothing. They don’t get it. A group of eight fourteen-year olds is staring at you in a way that makes you sympathize with your plant biology professor like you never thought you could. So what now? What is the solution? You guessed it, story time, but what do you say? Here are some tips on how to develop personal stories that make your small group sessions a little more accessible.