One way to improve your Bible Storying is to view each session as an opportunity for NAG-LAG. This is an acronym for iN A Group – Lead a Group. Okay, I cheated on the “iN” part, but IAG-LAG doesn’t have the same ring.
NAG: Most participants understand the concept of being in a group. In fact, most believers in our Bible Storying sessions find that they love the interactivity. They can begin as a spiritual deadman characterized by unbelief and soon experience new life as they are spiritually born again. The spiritual transformation process can continue through spiritual levels of child, young adult, and parent. But even the most novice of believers begins to want to share their faith, leading others to faith in Christ.
And that’s where the LAG comes in.
LAG: What participants learn and experience NAG needs to be reproducible so that they can lead their own group. These new small groups may branch from an existing small group. Followers of Jesus can LAG in their circle of everyday relationships at work, play, or family.
Just this week I led a seminar for church leaders asking, “Are you teaching the lesson or making disciplemakers?” NAG-LAG provides an “a-ha” moment among your small group leaders when they wonder if they can teach in such a way that is reproducible by those in their groups. Bible Storying gives you the relational environment. It also careful selection in the biblical narratives that are chosen to ensure that they can be passed along.
And, so what about you, the small group leader? Are you also iN A Group? Where do your storying sessions come from? What are you passing along? And are you holding your participants responsible for passing along what they hear as soon as they experience it? As you assign participants to tell that session’s Bible story to others, are you encouraging them to lead their own group?
Each person in your group should be a NAG-LAG’er. It’ll grow them faster as disciplemakers.