Tip 3: Telling Your Story (Without Going On and On)
Telling your “story” means telling people about those significant events and relationships that have shaped you in the past and continue to shape you today. It includes feelings or reactions to past or present experiences.
A healthy group gives adequate time for everyone to share his or her story, but it doesn’t mean everyone is going to share equally every week.
• Philippians 3:1–14—Paul’s story of coming to faith and his spiritual growth
• 2 Corinthians 6:11—Paul’s challenge to the Corinthians to open up
Why it’s important:
• We need to share so we’ll continue to grow
• If we don’t share:
– People won’t get to know one another
– They will remain cautious
– They’ll lose interest in the group
– The ability to grow in relationship skills will be lost
• Share your story early in the life of the group
• Real transformation happens when our story intersects with God’s story, and our story becomes like his
The two elements of sharing:
• Balance of sharing: how much each person shares
– This must be monitored: “Traffic cop” method; Structured method—assign times; Feedback method—everyone needs to be attentive
• Quality of sharing: going deeper with each other
– What you share—share about significant things
– How you share—get into the vulnerability of experience
Share Your Thoughts
Has your group struggled in this area? Share your stories and tips with fellow small group leaders in the comments section below.