Using our stories wisely: Leadership Tips
Bible study is a vital part of growing in Christ and as a leader there is a fine balance between instilling knowledge by using Bible illustrations and our own stories of God’s redemptive work in our lives. We all have a story to tell of how God has, and still is, working in our lives. As facilitators of a small group we need to be wise in how we balance teaching and group interaction, including our own.
Here are some suggestions to consider when telling “your” story:
1. Every story should reveal something about God, a new facet of Him that you are beginning to see or trust in. Our stories are powerful testimonies of how He is concerned about our lives and our relationship with Him.
2. Your story is used to illustrate a point so it should be relevant to the subject being discussed.
3. At times it is appropriate to tell about your troubles because people will see themselves mirrored in your weaknesses. Our lives tell the story of redemption and that we too are still works in progress.
Here are some questions to ask yourself before telling your story:
1. Are you trapped in your life story?
a) What is your attitude and thoughts towards your own story?
b) Do you have a view that sees the world as “not fair” or “why do these things always happen to me?”
c) Do you stop and consider what your thought patterns are about the things that have happened in your life?
2. Are you living in the “past” of your story more than the future?
a) You may still be struggling through some parts but you have submitted this to God and there is a forward movement to your story.
b) Is it affecting your current life and consuming your thoughts? If so, are you sincerely ready to release the situation to God at this point?
c) Do you see a repetitive pattern or a redemptive pattern in your story? If you don’t see a redemptive pattern or a wanting to change in your story, then don’t tell it.
As leaders we have a responsibility to be authentic, real and transparent in our lives. We do this by making sure that we have a “Christ life” before “leadership life”. We are to be servant leaders who are following Christ and through our own moments of crisis, challenges and victories we are called to encourage others. We are all imperfect people being transformed into the image of Christ. Our stories are powerful in that they are used to point others to Him.
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