Read the Bible story scripture passage more than one time. The first
time read the passage for general information. The second time read the passage for enjoyment and personal growth. Read the passage again for order, noting what happens first, next, and last. Prepare a written outline on a half sheet of paper that fits easily in your open Bible. Create the outline by drawing a dash or dot then a simple one-line note. These lines will help you pace the story and make eye contact without losing your place. Practice telling the story out loud so you can edit your words and build your confidence.
- Know something about your listener’s age, attention span, interests, etc.
- When telling the Bible story, use an open Bible.
- Personalize your stories; Jesus always did.
- Maintain eye contact with your listeners.
- Use your own words and phrases. Avoid memorizing word for word.
- Live with your story and let it become yours.
- Use language that children and adults can understand. (Avoid symbolism and sarcasm)
- Lead into the story naturally. Example: “This game reminds me of a Bible story…”
- Using objects can create interest. Avoid making the object the story.
- Pictures during the story may distract rather than enhance. Children have vivid imaginations so use pictures later for review and story recall.
- Prepare, Practice, Pray then tell the story.
- When you finish, STOP !!! Avoid moralizing; let the story speak for itself.
- Listen to other storytellers to sharpen your skills.