Meeting 3

Story Telling Workshop  


Coaches preparation for the meeting

Have your 3 minute story and your 15 second story dialed and ready to share with others as a model.

Discussion question

Most of us would agree that the Words of Jesus are divinely inspired and perfect. Are the Methods of Jesus also divinely inspired and perfect or just His Message?

Discuss in small groups. Then discuss in large group.

Jesus MODELS GREAT story tellING

Ask the class to read a few or retell a few stories that Jesus told. Mark 4 has some good ones.

Matthew 13:44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”

What is notable about how Jesus tells stories?

Jesus CommandS US to tell your stOry

In Mark 5, Jesus healed the Gerasene man from the Legion of unclean spirits.

Then Jesus told him to, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”

Is this something you practice in your life? Telling people how much Jesus has done for you and how he has had mercy on you?

Workshop my story

Storytelling is a skill that can be developed. When we work on this skill we honor the model of Jesus and the command of Jesus.

Review the tips for good story telling:

  • Make the story about 3 minutes in length. 

  • Jump right into a story, don’t bore your listener with too much context. 

  • Help people start with something besides “I grew up in a Christian home.” This is not an interesting start because so many Christians start their “testimony” that way. Also “Christian home” is not clear because some homes are culturally christian and other ones are true followers of Jesus. The story teller has no idea what the listener understands that to mean.

  • Use word pictures to give imagery to your story. Examples.  

  • Go for interesting, concise, and memorable over detailed. 

  • Since most people are “spiritual” or say they believe in God, be sure to emphasis Jesus in your story. 

  • Avoid “Christianeze,” the are words that are used in christian circles, but are not in common use outside those circles. Here are some examples of Christianeze: redeemed, saved, under the blood, righteousness, walked the aisle.”  

  • Talking about how you felt before and after Jesus makes your story personal and relatable to many people. Talking about a specific list of sins from before Jesus may not connect well with people. 

Workshop our 3 minute Transformed Life Stories from the previous project. Get in pairs for feedback. Have the cohort pick pairs from someone outside their group. Because their group will already be giving feedback over the next two days.

After this in person feedback and online feedback over the next two days, write a version 2 and post as your reflection summary.



Write your 15 second story using this outline 

Before               Jesus              After 

________      ________     ________

________      ________     ________



Get in pairs and practice both the 3 minute version and the 15 second version of your transformed life story.


workshop God's Story

Teach God's Story using 3 Circles

2 minute video of the 3 Circles



Practice 3 Circles in pairs 


For the next meeting  

Volunteers to lead DBS & 3 circles in their group