Immanuel Presbyterian Church
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Share Your Story

 
What has God done in your life? What is God currently doing in your life? We all have a story - adults, teenagers, and children. We live the story in our daily lives. Sometimes we share it one-on-one, sometimes in various small group settings. Maybe you feel led to share it during the Alternative Worship Service. Pray about whether God is moving you to share your story. If so…
 
First Step: What would you like to share?
  • The central theme is the response to the question: “What has God done in my life?” or “What is God doing in my life?
  • Our goal is to set aside 3-5 minutes to share your story as part of the worship service. Does this time frame work?
Second Step: Contact someone from the Alternative Worship Service Committee.
  • Jeff Fennema (Point of contact for Estoria): jrfen63@yahoo.com 282-0394
  • John Tittle (Pastor): john@immanuelpc.org 296-2253
  • Any of the Committee Members - Will Price, Christina Schmeltz, Sean Shiflette, Ed Vander Woude
Third Step: Details
  • We’ll figure out together when to share your story.
  • We strongly encourage you to write out what you want to say - about 1 - 1 ½ pages is recommended. You’ll have the freedom to add to or skip parts of your script when it‘s time to share. (Insider secret - Pastor John and Pastor Larry do this all the time.)
  • Consider practicing - reading out loud/speaking, even looking up to make eye contact.
  •  When the scheduled day comes, try to arrive about 15 minutes before the service so we can figure out when and where you will share.
Some Suggestions: Ideas to consider
 
While each individual is unique, and each individual’s story is distinct, this format might be helpful as you prepare the story you want to share.
  •  Introduction - Tell the congregation who you are.
  •  Body - Describe how God has been or is at work in your life.
  •  Conclusion - Offer praise and thanksgiving to God, or ask the congregation to pray for you. Or both.
If this is a condensed version of a larger testimony, invite the congregation to ask you more about it after the service or during the week when there is more time to talk about it.
 
Most importantly, pray. Pray about what you want to share. Pray during the process of writing and practicing. Pray that your testimony will glorify God and encourage others in their relationship with Him and with you.