ASSIGNMENT 1: WRITING YOUR PERSONAL TESTIMONY

5ASSIGNMENT 1: PERSONAL TESTIMONY

YOU WILL NEED TO PREPARE A PERSONAL TESTIMONY PRESENTATION THAT IS ABOUT TWENTY MINUTES LONG. YOUR AUDIENCE FOR THIS PRESENTATION WILL ONLY BE YOUR FELLOW PASTORS AT THE DALLAS GPA.

YOUR ENTIRE PERSONAL TESTIMONY IS ONE LONG ANSWER TO THE QUESTION “HOW HAS GOD CREATED AND SHAPED YOU TO REFLECT HIS GLORY?”. ANSWERING THIS QUESTION HIGHLIGHTS HOW GOD SOVEREIGNLY AND GRACIOUSLY CREATED YOU AND HAS USED SIGNIFICANT EXPERIENCES, PEOPLE, EVENTS AND MORE TO FORM AND DEVELOP WHO YOU ARE TODAY.

THE BIGGEST REASON WHY YOU NEED YOU PREPARE AND PRESENT YOUR PERSONAL TESTIMONY IS BECAUSE REMEMBERING OUR “STORIES” HELP YOU BETTER UNDERSTAND AND MORE DEEPLY APPRECIATE HOW GOD HAS DEMONSTRATED GRACE, ANSWERED PRAYERS, DEEPENED YOUR LOVE FOR HIM AND INCREASED YOUR FAITH. AS YOU SHARE YOUR STORY AND RELIVE THE PAST, YOU CAN GIVE NEW MEANING TO THE PRESENT, AND GAIN HOPE FOR YOUR FUTURE.

THERE ARE FOUR STEPS TO PREPARING AND PRESENTING YOUR PERSONAL TESTIMONY. THE FIRST STEP IS TO COMPILE ALL OF THE ELEMENTS IN YOUR PERSONAL TESTIMONY. THE SECOND STEP IS TO DECIDE ON WHAT TO INCLUDE. THE THIRD STEP IS TO ORGANIZE ALL OF THE ELEMENTS INTO A SUCCINCT STORY. THE FINAL STEP IS TO TAKE YOUR ORGANIZED ELEMENTS AND FORM THEM INTO A PRESENTATION. NOW LET’S GO OVER THESE STEPS ONE AT A TIME.

FIRST, YOU NEED TO COMPILE ALL OF THE ELEMENTS IN YOUR PERSONAL TESTIMONY. BEGIN BY TAKING SOME TIME TO PRAY AND WRITE OUT YOUR LIFE JOURNEY. BE AS EXPANSIVE AS POSSIBLE. FOR EACH LIFE STAGE, THERE ARE DIFFERENT SECTIONS TO COVER AND EACH SECTION HAS QUESTIONS FOR YOU TO ANSWER. ALL OF THIS INFORMATION IS IN THE “PREPARING YOUR PERSONAL TESTIMONY” INSTRUCTIONS THAT CAN BE FOUND ON THIS WEBSITE.

AFTER YOU COMPILE ALL OF THE ELEMENTS OF YOUR PERSONAL TESTIMONY, YOU WILL REALIZE THAT YOU HAVE TOO MUCH INFORMATION. IF YOU USED ALL OF THE ELEMENTS OF YOUR PERSONAL TESTIMONY, YOU WOULD BE WELL OVER THE TWENTY-MINUTE LIMIT. THAT IS WHY YOUR NEXT STEP IS TO DECIDE WHAT YOU NEED TO INCLUDE AND EXCLUDE FROM YOUR FINAL PRESENTATION.

TO HELP YOU DECIDE WHAT YOU NEED TO INCLUDE OR EXCLUDE, YOU WILL NEED TO FOCUS ON THE MOST SIGNIFICANT INFLUENCES AND EXPERIENCES IN YOUR LIFE THAT WERE FORMATIVE. BY “FORMATIVE” WE MEAN THOSE EXPERIENCES THAT HAVE MADE A LASTING IMPACT IN YOUR DEVELOPMENT. ONCE YOU HAVE DECIDED WHAT TO INCLUDE AND EXCLUDE FROM YOUR PRESENTATION, YOU CAN NOW MOVE ON TO THE THIRD STEP.

THE THIRD STEP IS TO TAKE WHAT YOU HAVE DECIDED TO INCLUDE IN YOUR PRESENTATION AND THEN ORGANIZE THEM INTO A LOGICAL FLOW OF THOUGHT. ESSENTIALLY, TO ORGANIZE ALL OF YOUR INFORMATION YOU NEED TO ANSWER THE QUESTION: “HOW DO THESE PEOPLE, PLACES AND EVENTS FIT TOGETHER?”

ONCE YOU HAVE YOUR ELEMENTS WRITTEN, EDITED AND ORGANIZED, YOUR FINAL STEP IS TO THEN FORM THIS INTO A PRESENTATION. PLEASE PRACTICE PRESENTING YOUR LIFE STORY BEFORE COMING TO THE DALLAS GPA. AS YOU PRACTICE YOUR PRESENTATION, YOU WILL NOTICE THAT YOUR PRESENTATION WILL BE TOO LONG. YOU WILL NEED TO PRACTICE MULTIPLE TIMES. REMEMBER TO GO OVER THE “PREPARING YOUR PERSONAL TESTIMONY” DOCUMENT THAT IS ON THIS SITE AS IT HAS MORE DETAILS TO HELP YOU.

PERSONAL STORY INSTRUCTIONS
CONTACT ADMISSIONS
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