The Big God Story, which is the complete story of God from beginning to His return, is a key element in children’s ministry. Sharing this story is important because it shows that from the beginning, God sought to redeem the relationship between Him and His creation.
When we teach only morals and values to children, they quickly view themselves as the main character in the Big God Story. However, in developing a clearer worldview they must embrace the fact that God is the center of everything.
Telling these stories from the Bible is crucial. I train our volunteers to not only learn these stories, but to passionately share them with the next generation.
Here’s the advice I give my volunteers to improve their storytelling:
Pay Attention To Your Walk
Right off the bat, if you do not love God or His Word, you will undoubtedly fail as a storyteller. The Big God Story must flow from the heart and for that to happen, you yourself must embrace and cherish God’s Word.
Dwell in the Bible as a storyteller; not only for sharing the Big God Story, but for your own walk in Christ too.
Make time to prepare. Read the lesson at least one week before you share. As you read it, take notes, highlight, mark it up. Failure to prepare will equate to a mediocre presentation. These children deserve our effort but more importantly, God expects us to share these stories as best as we can.
This means as ministry leaders we need to get the lessons to our storytellers early…not last minute (you know who you are).
Jazz It Up
Part of personalizing the message is adding your own flavor to the story. I am not saying add or subtract from the core essentials of the story but add props, costumes, unique examples and creative components.
In order to allow your team the freedom to “jazz” things up, you must establish trust through numerous conversations and trainings. Trust is important if you want to unleash creativity rather than unleashing chaos when sharing the story.
Storytellers must practice! If you know the story, go through it before you sleep, as you’re driving (while still paying attention to the road) and throughout the day. Some might like to practice in front of a mirror or simply practice out loud.
Another way I encourage all of my volunteers to try is to tell the story to your family, neighbors or friends. Practice builds confidence and improves presentation.
There are also several resources available to help you put your knowledge of God’s big story into words. For example, this picture book walks children through God’s story with colorful pages and easy language. There are also free tools such as the Grand Redemptive Narrative resource.
Show Up Early
This one is pretty clear. Arrive early on the days you are sharing the story. Two things happen when you show up early 1) it clears your mind, and 2) it removes stress.
Running late or stepping into the classroom without time to mentally prepare can lead to stress. This stress can erode confidence and disrupt your concentration.
Simply put, showing up on time, sipping tea/coffee and reviewing the lesson before people begin walking through the door can clear the way to a great telling of the Big God Story.
The Big God Story
I love sharing the Big God Story, especially with children, because for some it will be their first time to hear it. For others it will be the first time they hear the story shared in a way that makes the Bible come alive.
The Big God Story points to God as the central figure and helps children grasp that we too are part of His continuing story. This type of invitation can radically change the course of a child’s faith.
As I tell my volunteers, “Come in prepared to share the Big God Story and see how God can use you to make a huge difference in a child’s faith!”
Do you have any other tips when it comes to sharing the God’s BIG story?
AUTHOR: Trevor Lee, Originally posted to Truministry.com