HERSTORY WOMEN'S SUMMIT
The Soul of A Woman
Unafraid, Truthful, Intimate
Quest Girls have a story and we’re coming together to hear them, we will be sharing, learning, accepting, and developing God Confidence. We are different Christian women and being around and hearing from one another shows us why we accept others.
Women need to hear “everyday” stories (yourStory) of what God is doing in your life. I am here to tell you every woman has a story worth sharing!
(Since you’ve got one and that’s what God is asking you to share, by all means you should)
God doesn’t just speak into the big stories of our lives, He also speaks into the everyday stories of our lives. God has a history of using little things to accomplish great things. While big stories are powerful those seemingly “little” stories pack a powerful punch too!
You are going to prepare and share your special lifeStory in a 15 minute session. When writing your story and preparing your materials, include and remember the following:
Every time you tell your God story of ... (your testimony), you give honor and glory to God, and He is pleased with that.
Your story regardless of how “spectacular” or “ordinary” you think it is — it's a story about God’s character.
It is your eyewitness account of how God rescued you from sin, hurt, pain, death, etc through Christ and changed your life as a result.
When you share your story with others, you help them get to know what God is like and what He can do.
When it comes to sharing your testimony, focus on a few key points:
What your life was like before Christ Intervened.
How He Intervened
Include the gospel. Share that Christ alone, not works, saved you.
How your life is different today because of Him.
Share a passage of scripture from which God has spoken to you.
So how do you get started?
Ask God to highlight something current or very recent He is doing in your life. If you journal, it may be helpful to thumb through recent entries.
Prayerfully jot down some notes. About what you think God wants you to share.
Paint a picture with your story. Bring them into that slice of your life.
Share a Bible verse that God is using in your life. To refine, free, encourage, etc. you.
End on a note of encouragement. Encourage them that we all have struggles that God uses to help us to be more Christ-like.
Let’s take a look at how to put your story together, piece by piece. There are five basic parts to telling your story: the opening, your life before Christ, how you came to Christ, your life after Christ and the closing.
1. The Opening. Identify a theme you can use to frame your story. What did your life revolve around (e.g., relationships, your reputation, money) that God used to help bring you to Him? Briefly illustrate how that influenced your life.
2. Paint a picture of what your life was like. Share only the details that relate to your theme — just enough to show your need for Christ.
3. Give the details about why and how.
4. Share some of the changes that Christ has made in your life as they relate to your theme. Emphasize the changes in your character, attitude or perspective, not just the changes in behavior. Be realistic. We still struggle as Christians. Life is far from perfect. But what’s different about your life now?
5. The Closing. End with a statement that summarizes your story and connects everything back to your theme. You may even want to close with a Bible verse that relates to your experience.
Remember these 3 C’s and you will do fine!
Current – Focus on a recent lesson. Within the last year, if possible. Keeping it current reminds women that God is always at work!
Concise – Remember that this is a speaking session. What you share should last between 10-15 minutes, no more! Record yourself and listen to make sure your story is coming across as intended. Make a few notes so you don’t lose focus. Practice sharing it.
Christ-Centered – Keep it focused on what God has done, not on dramatic details. It’s about Him. Not about you. You want your women to remember what God accomplished through you/the circumstance. When our eyes are focused on God others see that and can learn by our example.
What TO do...
Do have fun with sharing your story.
Do use as much real information as possible.
Pray before you write out and share your story.
Write the way you speak.
Think about your listeners. Avoid overly religious terms.
Keep it short. Aim to tell your story in 10 to 15 minutes.
Practice telling your story until it becomes natural. (practice makes perfect!)
What NOT to do...
Don’t be overly negative or positive. Be honest.
Don’t criticize or name any church, denomination, organization, etc
Don’t forget the purpose of the story.
Don’t tear down anyone that is apart of your story.
You Can do it!
But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect. 1 Peter 3:15 (ESV)