6 things I tell every story teller

A while back I did a blog post on the 6 things I tell every worship leader. I thought I would do one for every story teller. Our church is blessed to have story tellers who have done what they do for years, but what I have found is the things that make good story tellers great story tellers is they are constant learners.

Here are some practical tips I give our story tellers no matter how long they have been at it.

1. Internalize the script – I don’t tell them to memorize the script because I have found there is something so powerful and profound when people take the script internalize it and express it through their own experience and in their own style. I have one story teller that makes every week a production with actors props and scenery to boot, and the kids love it. Another finds incredible personal illustrations to highlight their point and still another uses props and vocal intonations to captivate the kids. Take the truth, leave it unchanged and add the uniqueness of you.

2. Maintain eye contact ALWAYS – Any time you look down at a paper in your hand you place an impenetrable wall between you and those you are ministering to.

3. Be over animated – you always come across more subdued that you really are.

4. Bring your Bible up with you – Put the sheet with the bible verse in your bible and read from that if you must but preaching from the Bible reinforces in the mind of the kids you are speaking to that these are more than stories.

5. Use peaks and valley’s – Few things create tension for a story then proper use of vocal inflection. Most people are comfortable with one particular vocal range. The problem is kids get used to your “normal” voice. If you want kids to be on their edge of their seats speak softly and  then build to get much louder.

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6. Elevate Christ – Elevate Christ make sure that every story points the kids to a place where they can see the greatness of God. Where they realize and recognize their need for a savior. When it comes to the application portion think of practical illustrations for young kids, and older kids, making sure that not only reference Christ but you help kids understand that Jesus is everything.

5 thoughts on “6 things I tell every story teller”

  1. Great advice. I'm guilty of preaching from my notes instead of from the Bible. Gonna change that starting this week.
    Can I steal these principles from you? I'm going to be (hopefully) training some new storytellers soon and I'd like to use these as part of the training.

  2. Joanna Vanderkooi

    My mother was my first teacher of Bible truths (a pastor friend of ours refuses to call them Bible "stories", since Cinderella is a story, fairy tale, that is.). She was NEVER boring, and I refuse to bore my students with the Bible. I am a good "storyteller" because of her example. (Doing puppets as a ministry helps with that, too!) 😀 Good article. PS Cain and Abel's "friends" would have been their brothers and sisters, too. 😀

  3. Great points Pastor Sam. As teacher/preachers of the word I think we sometimes forget we are presenters. How we present a story has an enormous affect on how effective we are as communicators.
    You’ve always been one of the best I know. God bless

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