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.::Teaching THE Story

Posted in adolescence, church, Ministry, story, Teaching, youth ministry with tags , , , , on December 14, 2011 by Walter

We invite you to bring your team to Nashville, TN on Thursday, March 1st, 2012 to join Youth Ministry Leaders from all over the Southeast who will gather at Lipscomb University to learn, train and think about “The Three Stories of Youth Ministry.”

One of our featured speakers will be Michael Novelli, author of “Shaped By The Story.”  Michael will teach and train your team through HOW to teach the Bible narratively in a way that will ENGAGE your students with the Story of God.  He will give you dozens of practical ideas that will help your students not only LEARN the Story of God, but be able to EXPERIENCE it, KNOW it, TELL it and SEE THEMSELVES in it.

After ten years in youth ministry, Michael Novelli felt like he had tried everything to help his students connect with the Bible. Then, a missionary introduced him to a unique, ancient way to engage people with the Bible through story. Michael learned the art of “Storying,” a sequential telling of Bible stories followed by a time of creative retelling and in-depth dialogue. God used this process to completely transform his youth group as they found themselves experiencing God in a whole new way. For several years Michael has been developing narratives and training to help others discover the art of “Storying,” a dialogical approach to Bible learning.

CLICK HERE for more info and to register your team now.


.::Three Stories of YM

Posted in adolescence, church, Life, Ministry, story, Teaching, youth ministry with tags , , , , , , , on November 10, 2011 by Walter

Mark your calendars for an exciting event that Lipscomb University’s College of Bible & Ministry is hosting, March 1, 2012 Titled, “The Three Stories of Youth Ministry.”  We will have three nationally-recognized speaker in for this tremendous event:

  • Teaching THE Story of God:  Mark Novelli, author of Shaped by the Story, an expert in teaching the Bible narratively.  He will give you tools that you will be able to use to teach your students the Biblical story in an engaging and exciting way.
  • MY Story with God:  Rachel Held Evans, author of Evolving in Monkeytown, will help us see how our upbringing and our biases shape our worldview, our faith and our ministry.
  • OUR Story with God:  David Hutchens, author of A Slice of Trust, is an expert in helping organizations like Coca-Cola, Kroger and Wal-Mart define their organization’s story and how it shapes, helps and hinders their culture.  David will help you define your ministry’s and your church’s story and ethos.
Trust me, you won’t be disappointed in this day’s presentations and training.  Plan on bringing a few people from your team.  For every three people from the same church, the fourth comes free!


Posted in church, Ministry, Theology, youth ministry with tags , , , , , , , on November 23, 2009 by Walter

Today there is a slight drizzle of rain outside my window, the temperature is in the 50s, just cold and wet enough to give a person the excuse to stay indoors wearing slippers and pondering some of the larger things of life.

This weekend I was privileged to take some Lipscomb students to Youth Specialties National Youth Workers Convention where we got exposed to some great ideas for youth ministry as well as personal spiritual development.  The highlight for me was Donald Miller calling us to live lives that are stories worth telling as well as living.  Miller contends that our lives (and faiths)  have been HIGHJACKED by the tiny, insignificant stories that dominate our culture.

  • small stories like a Roomba vacuum cleaner that promises life fulfillment as it meanders throughout your living room floor.
  • tiny stories like a dish washing soap that will fill your soul with joy and happiness as the bubbles miraculously scrub away grease and grime for you.
  • insignificant stories like a Volvo that will provide your life with meaning and purpose through its 47 air bags protecting you from harm’s way at every turn.

These stories have convinced us that God and His OMNIPOTENT grace and OVERWHELMING mercy aren’t relevant or accessible in our lives.  That these porduct can give us the experiences and relationship that give meaning to our lives when in reality they will only hollow out our souls leaving us empty shells.

So the call and the challenge for us in youth ministry is to provide our students with that story, that metanarrative the provides purpose, meaning, and HOPE that provides CONFLICT and the INCITING INCIDENTS that get us off our suburban butts and into the lives of those who Jesus calls us to serve and reach out to:  the orphaned, the homeless, the widowed, the disenfranchised.

This is a STORY that can incite REVOLUTION in an adolescent who is trying to find purpose and meaning in fashion, music, video games, movies, drugs, cutting, sex, gossip, or any other false god that they have let write their story.

This is a STORY that can motivate this generation of students to live with and without FEAR. With a reverent fear of an omnipotent God that calls us to be salt and light in this world balanced without a fear of living a life without meaning and purpose in order to distribute grace and mercy to lonely and invisible in their worlds.

This is a STORY that will allow teens to IGNORE the naysayers and creatively DISCOVER how to eradicate hunger, malaria, poverty, apathy in their world.


God, may we live big lives with big stories as you are a big God.