Tell Your Storyteller’s To Drop the Script

If your in kids ministry you probably already know this.

Admittedly, don’t say this right out of the gate, this idea being presented here is for further developing storyteller’s who are already in place.

If you have a new storyteller they should know that you are providing the script and they need to stay in the ballpark.

However, if you want a home run at some point they need to drop the script.

The one coaching tip I’ve had told to me over and over again that never gets old is this:

“The Holy Spirit can move in the life of a kid”

I think sometimes in kid ministry we forget that because we are so into the detail of production. Where to stand, what to light, how it sounds. What line gets the kids to laugh.

None of that is bad.

The truth is, kids tend to require more structure, planning, and programming. But your storyteller’s should know that they are the most direct vessel for the Gospel presentation in your room. They should feel like they have both a privilege and a responsibility to present the story.

I had a great lady tell a story awhile back for our environment. We rehearsed and I gave her some notes, and really, overall she did a good job. At the end though, she said she had thought about adding a story from when she was a kid but thought it made the story a bit long.

When your storyteller says, “It might be too long” your ears should perk up. Normally.

I told her we were right on our allotted time but to think about it. Usually when you can inject something personal, a piece of yourself, you connect that much more.

The weekend came and she got up to do the story. Going through the whole thing she did good, then she got to the wrap-up and started going into this personal story. It was nowhere in the script.

It was deeply personal and you could tell as she told this story that it truly was emotional for her. Then she tied it back to forgiveness, the Big Idea for that month, and how God had used forgiveness to change her life. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room.

The Holy Spirit worked through this women’s story to connect with the hearts of those kids and small group leaders.

Presenters forget sometimes that their job isn’t to just entertain, or just inform, their first job is to connect. When you connect with an audience it creates this incredible moment where even though they’re just observing they feel like they’re a part of what’s happening in the room. For ministry, especially kids ministry, this means that you’ve opened the door for someone to connect even further on a relational level. One of the things our curriculum loves to say and is so true is this:

“Sometimes for a kid to know Jesus, they need to connect with someone who knows Jesus.”

And for an audience to connect with you, sometimes you need to drop the script.

Photo by Beatriz Pérez Moya on Unsplash

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