Captivate the Audience!
Good stories captivate the imagination and attention of teens and provide an
excellent way of getting Bible concepts and truths across to them, and in
communicating values and ideas in an easy to understand way. Stories
teach about life and persist in the memory.
Stories work and the Bible is packed with them. Jesus confirms this by
all the parables He used and taught. To be a good story teller, first
find stories that are suitable for your audience's age, interest and
Christian maturity. Generally, they should not last for more than five
to ten minutes.
Avoid just reading a story, but make it alive because the Bible is real and
true! Make your story descriptive so that the audience can
visualise the story in their imaginations. Know the story by heart
and then rehearse it until you can tell it with confidence. Picture
it in your mind to make it real to yourself and hence to others.
Keep Eye Contact!
No matter what you say, it is much more effective if you look directly at the
people you are speaking to as storytelling is a shared experience.
A monotonous delivery drains the life from the best story. Aim to know
your story well enough so that you to maximise its dramatic and emotional
appeal. Work out where atmosphere and excitement can be built up by a
pause or by speeding up your story, and suspense can be created by dropping
your voice to a whisper.
While you speak, use your body to act out the story with gestures and facial
Approach your story from a fresh angle and create interest with historical
details and place settings.
Storytelling skills improve with practice, so practice your story until you
can tell it with confidence.
Finally, know the story well so that you can concentrate on driving home the
spiritual truth or application. Pray for God's anointing and tell it
for response and action.