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October 2019

Tell Your Own Story

By Dave Magee

Helping students share their own faith story is key to giving them the ability to talk to people about faith in General. This activity will give them a space to practice in a safe environment, and is based off Luke 17:11-19. Before you begin take a moment to read that passage and discuss it with the students

Break students up into groups of 2. Remind the students that in Luke 17 the men healed from leprosy didn’t do a good job of sharing about what Jesus had done for them. In groups of 2 each student will have 2 minutes to share with the other student their faith story, what Jesus has done for them. Remind the students that everyone has a different story, and that most stories don’t involve miraculous healings like many Biblical stories. Give the students 5 total minutes to each share their story with their partner.

Bring the students back together in a large group and ask the following questions:

  • How was it sharing your faith story with your partner?
  • What was challenging about sharing your story?
  • What made it easier or more comfortable to share your story?

Now, ask for a few students. to share their faith story with the entire group, again asking them to limit it to around 2-3 minutes. After any student shares have the group applaud and thank the student for being willing to share. Have 2-3 students share with the large group.

Conclude the activity reminding the students that we all have a story about God to share, for some it may be in a group, for others sharing with a friend, but to be ready to share your story about God when the moment of opportunity comes!

Close in the manner that is typical for you. Consider taking joys/concerns from the students, then asking for a volunteer to close in prayer.

Dave MaGee has served in youth ministry for two decades since graduating from Duke University Divinity School in 1999. He served as a youth minister in several churches in Texas and most recently served as the Director of Student Ministries at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas.