To help participants continue to shape and concretize their Storylines as they share their 4 Storylines with the group and listen to the Storylines of others.
How It Works
BIG IDEA: Opportunity for three-way listening: to honor God, to honor each other and to learn more about ourselves.
- Give each participant time to share his or her Storylines.
- Each person should share their Storylines in 3-4 minutes.
- Give the group one minute to ask questions after each person shares his or her storylines.
Where to Find This Tool
To redefine success and create a Biblical framework for people to quickly assess what season each of their Storylines are currently in, within the great story that God is writing of their life, and press in to meet God in whatever season that is. This reminds us what we are doing best flows out of who we are becoming.
How It Works
BIG IDEA: Spiritual maturity is not about how well you are doing or feeling; it’s about GOING TO GOD despite how you are doing or feeling.
- Use the Psalm Spirituality teaching to reframe a biblical understanding of success and faithfulness with our lives.
- Use Walter Bruegemann’s interpretation of the Psalms— dividing the Psalms up into either Orientation, Disorientation or Reorientation to establish the different realities and seasons of our Storylines and how it is possible to be faithful in each season.
- Psalm Examples: Orientation: Psalm 8:1-4; Disorientation: Psalm 51:1-6; Reorientation: Psalm 40:1-3
- Transition Bruegemann’s language of Orientation, Disorientation and Reorientation to Thriving, Surviving and Reviving to help us assess where we are with each story line.
- Demonstrate how it is possible to be thriving in one Storyline and just surviving in another—demonstrating the nuance of being able to describe and evaluate our lives in each area. Everybody wants a great story but not a struggle. Part of any growth story of any human being includes all three of these stages.
- Explain how collectively this creates a dashboard to see all 4 storylines at once and ask yourself regularly, “How am I?”
- Invite the participants to evaluate where each Storyline in their life is currently using the language of Thriving, Surviving and Reviving. Emphasize this is a spiritual practice.