I had the opportunity this week to spend some time with a study from Thomas Nelson that I think you might find pretty interesting. The Power of Your Story is not brand new (it was published in 2012), but is so different and fresh that I think you’ll want to check it out.
Developed by Ben Arment, creator of Story in Chicago and Dream Year (and author of Dream Year), The Power of Your Story is “designed to explore the Christian life through the lens of story. Each of the seven sessions is oriented around a classic element of screenwriting. If you enjoy watching movies, you’ll love considering your own life through the same storytelling principles (from the Conversation Guide).”
DVD-driven, The Power of Your Story is a 7 session small group experience. Every session features a fascinating conversation between five very interesting people (Ben Arment, Ginny Owens, Chris Seay, Leonard Sweet, and Pete Wilson). Also included in every session is a vignette featuring an engaging story told by one of the five). The DVD segments are just the right length (12 to 18 minutes) and will easily hold your members’ attention.
The Conversation Guide includes several elements that will help your members engage in the study. Along with the DVD segment, every session features a Bible study that will help your members get into the story of David. Every session also include a well-designed set of group discussion questions, an experiments in story segment, and an exploring the story further section (daily Bible readings and reflection questions).
The Power of Your Story also includes a very comprehensive Leader’s Guide that will help even brand new leaders facilitate an very good group experience.
If you’re looking for a study that will provide a unique experience for groups, take a look at The Power of Your Story. I’m not sure how I missed it in 2012…but I loved this one and I think you will too.
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