The Power of the Story by Michelle Lazurek

The Power of the Story 
Michelle Lazurek   
Titus 2:3-5


“Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God” Titus 2:3–5

The Voice premiered on NBC in 2011 and took the world by storm. This singing competition featured four celebrity coaches—Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, and Christina Aguilera—as they chose singers to mentor based solely on the quality of their pitch and tone. Each coach then worked with his or her chosen contestants on stage presence and performance. Each week viewers voted for their favorite contestant by purchasing his or her song on iTunes. The person with the highest number of purchases went on to the next round. Each week, America whittled down the performers and finally crowned Javier Colon as “The Voice.”

One of the most memorable performances of that season was Beverly Mclellan’s duet with Christina Aguilera of Aguilera’s hit “Beautiful.” One singer sang melody while the other harmonized with flawless accuracy and heartfelt passion. The crowd erupted in an uproar of cheering and clapping as both singers with hands clasped together, raised them above their heads in acknowledgement of their victory.

            The producers of the show brilliantly figured out what no competition show has done: how to make celebrities human. The celebrities, termed coaches rather than judges, come alongside their fresh, new talent (termed teams) and offer practical advice on everything from how to turn a familiar tune into an original masterpiece to adding dancers and props to excite the crowd. They share the stage with them at times when they perform and even provide background accompaniment and vocals while their prodigies take center stage. Blake Shelton remarked on one episode that he hoped his contestant, Dia Frampton, “learned as much from him as he did from her.” The coaches unleashed the potential they saw, and the performers grew in their craft of singing.

            This show is a prime example of a small group relationship in action. The leader identifies and identifies the strengths of the apprentices as they learn the process of discipleship together. The leader comes alongside the apprentices and invests his time and energy and instills his skills and abilities into their apprentices. As the apprentices work diligently to implement what they have learned, they then become experts at their skills. The group rep ...

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