How to Tell Your Story, Learn From it & Change Your Life

June 8th, 2014 | John Chandler

Why Story Nights?

The word “disciple” simply means “learner.” A disciple of Jesus is a person who is actively learning to think like Jesus and do the things he said to do.

A learner is a person who reflects on key moments, ideas or scriptures and asks two questions:

“What is God telling me?”

“What am I going to do about it?”

Story nights are an opportunity to “learn how to learn” and grow in our ability to be like Jesus.


What Happens at Story Night?

At each story night we’ll get together in groups of men or women. We’ll share a meal and two people will share a specific story from their life. Afterward, the group will help them wrestle with the question “What am I going to do about it?” By the end of our time together, we’ll have a plan, and know how to support the other person in their growth.

You will find the directions for telling your story below, or you can download a worksheet here.

When are Story Nights?

Women’s Story Nights—June 26, July 24 and August 21.

Men’s Story Nights—June 12, July 10 and August 7.

How to tell a story for learning

The purpose of this exercise is to retell a story from our lives in order to learn from the experience.

Think of a significant moment in your life. This could be something that happened long ago or just this week. To help tell your story, consider:

Write the story down. Focus on the facts. Do not try to find metaphors or morals in the story.

It may help to write the story down. It should be approximately one typed page, single spaced.

How to Turn Your Story into a Learning Experience

Use these questions as a guide to help you turn your story into a learning experience that will help you live more like Jesus.