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Prepared by Mark Jackson, Trinity Lutheran College
Session 6: The Story of Service
Getting into the Conversation
• Why do you think youth service projects
and mission trips are increasingly
common?
• What ...
Assumptions Exercise
Answer the questions based on what you
can observe about your partner, without
asking questions.
Skip...
Assumptions Exercise
• How easy or difficult was it to come up
with answers to the questions?
• What did you base your ans...
Assumptions Exercise
• While engaging in service experiences,
how might our group move beyond
forming assumptions about an...
The Story of Scripture
• John 13:3-9, 12-16
• Luke 24:13-35
• John 4:5-30
• Matthew 25:31-46
The Story of Scripture
• What story (or stories) do you see present
in this passage? Who’s telling the story?
Who’s listen...
Introduction to Service Learning
Service learning is
an intentional
four-step process
that can add
deeper meaning
and valu...
Introduction to Service Learning
Play the video that accompanies this
session to introduce the service learning
process.
What is service learning?
• Intentional = thoughtfully designed
• Experiential = expose youth to service
through active en...
Step 1: Preparation
• Make a plan for logistics (supplies,
paperwork, travel, etc.)
• Listen and learn from stories of you...
Step 2: Action
• Make sure everyone has a meaningful role
• Listen, listen, listen! Recognize, honor,
and embrace the stor...
Step 3: Reflection
• Provide adequate time to reflect and
debrief – individually and as a group
• Conversation and journal...
Step 4: Celebration
• Worship and celebrate through Scripture,
prayer, and spiritual practices
• Honor and celebrate the g...
Try It Out: Design a Service
Experience
Choose a service project or mission trip
and use the Service Learning Planning
Gui...
Closing the Conversation
Holy God, inspire us to be your servants in
your world and among your people. Give us
strength an...
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PD2015 Story of Service

  1. 1. Prepared by Mark Jackson, Trinity Lutheran College Session 6: The Story of Service
  2. 2. Getting into the Conversation • Why do you think youth service projects and mission trips are increasingly common? • What are the positive aspects of this trend? • What are the potential downsides and challenges of this practice?
  3. 3. Assumptions Exercise Answer the questions based on what you can observe about your partner, without asking questions. Skip questions that make you feel uncomfortable or you prefer not to answer.
  4. 4. Assumptions Exercise • How easy or difficult was it to come up with answers to the questions? • What did you base your answers on? • What does it take to know a person well enough to answer more of these questions?
  5. 5. Assumptions Exercise • While engaging in service experiences, how might our group move beyond forming assumptions about an individual, group, or a community, to truly getting to know them and their stories?
  6. 6. The Story of Scripture • John 13:3-9, 12-16 • Luke 24:13-35 • John 4:5-30 • Matthew 25:31-46
  7. 7. The Story of Scripture • What story (or stories) do you see present in this passage? Who’s telling the story? Who’s listening? What’s the message? • In what ways might this passage deepen your understanding of service? • In light of this passage, how might service experiences be better designed to provide intentional opportunities to listen to, embrace, and celebrate the stories of others?
  8. 8. Introduction to Service Learning Service learning is an intentional four-step process that can add deeper meaning and value to service and mission experiences.
  9. 9. Introduction to Service Learning Play the video that accompanies this session to introduce the service learning process.
  10. 10. What is service learning? • Intentional = thoughtfully designed • Experiential = expose youth to service through active engagement • Process = understand service as more than one-time projects and trips • Reflection = time to reflect and debrief provides a key opportunity to learn from the experience Skip these five slides if the video is used. Otherwise, use them to introduce the service learning process.
  11. 11. Step 1: Preparation • Make a plan for logistics (supplies, paperwork, travel, etc.) • Listen and learn from stories of your community or context of your service • Listen to the story of Scripture • Build community with your group to learn about each other’s gifts, passions, and stories Skip these five slides if the video is used. Otherwise, use them to introduce the service learning process.
  12. 12. Step 2: Action • Make sure everyone has a meaningful role • Listen, listen, listen! Recognize, honor, and embrace the stories of others • Examine practices that might inhibit your group’s ability to be fully present as servants and partners Skip these five slides if the video is used. Otherwise, use them to introduce the service learning process.
  13. 13. Step 3: Reflection • Provide adequate time to reflect and debrief – individually and as a group • Conversation and journaling are common • Also provide creative reflection methods • Consider the stories and experiences encountered and how they might shape future attitudes and behaviors • Return to the story of Scripture Skip these five slides if the video is used. Otherwise, use them to introduce the service learning process.
  14. 14. Step 4: Celebration • Worship and celebrate through Scripture, prayer, and spiritual practices • Honor and celebrate the group’s common experience • Tell the story to others Skip these five slides if the video is used. Otherwise, use them to introduce the service learning process.
  15. 15. Try It Out: Design a Service Experience Choose a service project or mission trip and use the Service Learning Planning Guide to put what you’ve learned into an action plan. Don’t worry if you don’t finish! You can return at a later time to continue the conversation and planning.
  16. 16. Closing the Conversation Holy God, inspire us to be your servants in your world and among your people. Give us strength and courage to listen deeply for the joys, concerns, opportunities, and challenges of others and of our community. Open our ears and hearts to the incredible opportunity to embrace, honor, and celebrate the stories we encounter. Bind those stories to our own, and ultimately gather them into yours. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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