Let’s talk about some other aspects first, then an Outline will follow.
WHAT? – Bible Trekking™ is our description for a fun new way to tell Bible Stories. It is easy to learn, easy to do and highly interactive, which makes it easy to take in and remember!
WHY?–2/3rds of our world, that’s over 4 BILLION people either cannot, do not or prefer not to read! But they LOVE stories! (Don’t we all?! hint, hint…)
WHERE – ANYwhere! This model has been proven around the world in so many different settings, the list would take a loooooooong time to read!
WHEN? – ANY time! This model is a great casual conversation which engages people and quickly gets to the good stuff!
WHO? YOU! (and your friends too, they’ll want to learn this once you share it with them…!)
Bible Trekking™ Rev. Ray Neu: firstname.lastname@example.org
“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”
This outline will help you begin to grasp what Bible Trekking™ is all about. The real key is to experience it for yourself.
You may be able to learn enough here to try it on your own.
You may also want to consider having one of our trainers come to your location to demonstrate Bible Trekking™ for your group. Use the contact form to write to us. We can discuss how and when to create this unique and exciting Bible Trekking™ learning experience for you!
You’ll NEVER read, hear or see the Bible in the same way again!
BEFORE YOU TELL A STORY
- SELECT A STORY TO TELL
a. Select a story that you enjoy.
b. Shorter is better until you learn more.
c. Longer stories can be split into parts.
- TREK THROUGH THE STORY
a. Do your own study first. Mentally walk through the story, looking, listening, wondering…
b. Pay attention to what you SEE, HEAR, FEEL…
c. How does all this affect you?!
- PREPARE YOUR QUESTIONS
a. From your study, develop questions that could lead someone else to discover what you found.
b. Leave plenty of room for their own discoveries.
c. Remember, you will only ask questions.
d. Avoid questions that offer ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ answers.
- MEMORIZE THE STORY
a. Memorize the story as you will NOT read it.
b. Read the story OUT LOUD to yourself.
c. Picture what you are reading or hearing, then as you repeat it, TREK or walk through the story again. It’s like rewinding and watching again!
d. Close your Bible & repeat what you remember.
e. Repeat this process until memorized!
WHEN TELLING THE STORY
- TELL IT FROM MEMORY
a. Do NOT read the story.
b. Think and TREK through the setting, the people, the attitudes, everything the story taught you.
c. Use your imagination & SEE the story. TREK or walk through the story in your mind!
d. Deliver the story with excitement!
- MAKE IT LIVE!
a. Capture your audience by being lively.
b. Match your delivery to the story.
c. Make eye contact with your hearers.
- ENGAGE PARTICIPATION
a. Ask a volunteer(s) to repeat what they can.
b. Complement their efforts.
c. Repeat the story for everyone.
- ONLY ASK QUESTIONS
a. Do NOT lecture!!!
b. ONLY ask questions to find truth & treasures.
- ASK MORE QUESTIONS
a. Listen to their answers.
b. Ask follow-up questions to their finds.
c. Allow the Spirit to lead the process.
- STAY ON THE TRAIL!
a. Do NOT go to other stories.
b. Do NOT hurry the process. Enjoy the TREK!
c. Recall treasures of what others saw, heard and felt, then compare those with today’s life.
AFTER TELLING THE STORY
- HELP PEOPLE CAPTURE THEIR TREASURES
a. Repeat Key Treasures.
b. Verbally Reward the group on their efforts.
- REINFORCE THE JOY OF DISCOVERY
a. Embrace the thrill of discovery with them.
b. Encourage them that they taught the lesson.
- EMPOWER OTHERS TO PARTICIPATE
a. Explain the power of the group process.
b. Explain the power of the sown seed! ISAIAH 55
- REPEAT… and ENJOY!
- EXPLAIN TO THEM ABOUT TREKKING TO TELL SOMEONE ELSE THIS STORY!
- GOD WILL GIVE US FRUITFUL HARVEST AS WE “Go Bible Trekking™!”
LEADING YOUR BIBLE TREKKING GROUP
When it comes to leading your own Bible Trekking group, asking questions is key.This can be challenging but it can also be very easy. For example, by looking at another person’s face, you will recall questions that you can ask:
- When you see their eyes, you can ask “What do we SEE in this story?”
- When you see their ears, you can ask “What do we HEAR in this story?”
- When you see their mouth, you can ask, “What is being SAID in this story?”
- When you see someone gesturing with their hands, you can ask
- “What ACTIONS are happening in this story?”
- “Who is DOing what?”
As the discussion moves into Actions, you will remember that those actions are Choices and behind those Choices are Reasons. These are motivated by our heart.
- You can ask “What CHOICES are being made?”
- “Can we tell for what REASON those choices are being made?”
These may reveal the heart of the person in the story.
You can also consider asking, “What other choices COULD HAVE been made?”
Finally, they will look at other’s feet, and ask
- “WHERE does Choice take each person?”
- “HOW does it affect others?”
I have called these “training wheel” questions. The intent being that these can be used until you are used to leading and able to develop questions of your own. In fact, often, I will introduce the idea of using these questions by asking the group how they first learned to ride a bicycle. The responses are varied (and fun). Some never used training wheels, but did have the steady hands of their father or someone else steadying the bike for them until they could take it on their own. These questions are that sort of support.
A steady support that can be used until leaders are ready to ‘go it on their own.’
OTHER QUESTIONS THAT CAN BE USED FOR EVERY STORY:
- What do you like about this story?
- What do you NOT like about this story?
- Is there anything in this story that surprises you?
- If you were in this story, who would you be?
- If you don’t like your own answer, who would you WANT to be?
Two final questions I like to ask everyone:
- Does this story lead you to feel that you need to make any changes in your life?
- Who will you tell this story to this week?
Have fun Bible Trekking!