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14) The BackPage: ION’s Thoughts on Best Practices; Let’s Join Them

ionI think Samuel E. Chiang is doing a great job leading the International Orality Network. I usually always glean something from each of his monthly ION Newsletters. (Learn more at

http://www.oralbible.com

For example, his latest newsletter carried a brief article by Jerry Wiles on “Discovering Best Practices” in the field of orality. Much of his summary you can read in sites like

http://www.oralbible.com

and

http://www.oralitystrategies.com

where you’ll find many links and resources. He reminds us that there is no single method that is the best for all people and every place. And, fittingly, in the same issue, Mark Snowden’s brief article suggested five research techniques that one can utilize to learn more about what’s working and what’s not in a particular culture or sub-culture:

*** Existing research — what’s already been done and what bearing does it bring on the Main Thing
*** Observation research — looking specifically for literate media, oral media, who reads what on the bus/subway
*** Quantitative research — random sampling as much as possible
*** Qualitative research — dialogue groups filtering the survey data
*** Interviews with leaders

Since the days of Donald McGavran and the Church Growth Movement, I’ve been fascinated by the simple concepts of trying to study how God seems to be moving in and among a certain people group and/or nation. It just makes sense that, in each sphere where we work, we ought to be looking for those common threads to find out what will help knock down obstacles for the Spirit to move among the people He wants to reach.

Your thoughts? Just click the link below to get to the web version of this item, then use the “Comments” below to share your own thoughts, opinions, or objections. We’d love to hear your view.

Doug

3) Orlando School of Storying, April 7 – 12, 2013

Here’s a pivotal event for churches working with unreached people groups or wanting to work with them.  Visit

http://www.StoryRunners.com

for more information about sending 1 or 2 representatives to the Orlando SOS.  There 18 training slots reserved for churches with a serious UPG focus.  This event can help churches start a Bible storying ministry in a UPG beginning with a School of Storying.

2) Orlando School of Storying, April 7 – 12, 2013

Here’s a pivotal event for churches working with unreached people groups or wanting to work with them!  Visit

http://www.StoryRunners.com

for more information about sending 1 or 2 representatives to the Orlando SOS.  There 18 training slots reserved for churches with a serious UPG focus.  This event can help churches start a Bible storying ministry in a UPG beginning with a School of Storying.

5) How Can You Help Others Learn Bible Stories More Effectively?

This past week, Mark Snowden told us about a professional storyteller named John Walsh. “He uses a highly interactive procedure in BibleTelling training to involve everyone in a larger group in the action. According to my notes at an ION workshop, John said that after telling the story, he gets them to practice it. He shows them a storyboard that he uses to remember the main scenes. His storyboard is simply a set of cards or posters with simple stick figures depicting the action in the Bible story. John divides the group into pairs and asks them to use his storyboard to retell the story to each other. Then he asks them in larger groups to describe the locations in the story. He retells the story. At that point he divides them into creative art groups. One group develops a drama; another works out a pantomime. A third group creates a song and still another paints pictures of the story. Then he has each group present their production to the whole group. By the time John is finished, his listeners have heard or experienced the story twelve times!” Learn more about Mark and his co-workers at

http://www.oralbible.com

At the website, you can also learn more about the International Orality Network (ION) 2013 Conference, September 15-18, at the Doubletree Hotel, just outside St. Louis, MO.

6) Free, Helpful Stuff for Bible Storytellers

Gotta hand it to Ray. He’s a promoter of Bible storytelling. He was willing to put together a small website with helpful tips for those wishing to learn more about how to communicate with Oral Learners – who make up 2/3rds of our world today. Find his quick and easy website at…

http://www.bibletrekking.org

Learn more about his Leader’s Audio Bible at

http://leadersaudiobible.com

At this latter site, he also features an Oral Bible Training course.

7) Bible Storying (Orality) Can Win an entire Village or Town! —

Dear friends and colleagues: In our mission structures and strategies, we’ve heard exciting things about the strategic work of Bible storying (orality).  Entire villages and towns have been transformed from faithless to the faithful because of the simple but profound work of teaching scripture through the spoken word.  Bible Storying can be used strategically and successfully in any ministry from local/national outreach to international work; whether at the local coffee shop or with a group of students or adults.

 

Because we believe so deeply in this approach to missions, Simply Tell the Story has partnered with StoryRunners to form a 3-day training conference June 7-9 in Louisville, KY.  This is our first training of this kind in the Louisville area, and it will equip you to use storying as you engage with people about the Word.  You will learn how to use story sets, from creation to Christ with any one in any context.  Register today!

To learn more, please visit

 

http://www.SimplyTellTheStory.com

 

Please register early; we expect this training to fill up!

8) The Strategic Work of Bible Storying (0rality) —

Entire villages and towns have been transformed from faithless to the faithful because of the simple but profound work of teaching scripture through the spoken word.  Bible Storying can be used strategically and successfully in any ministry from local/national outreach to international work; whether at the local coffee shop or with a group of students or adults.

 

Because the respective organizers believe so deeply in this approach to missions, Simply Tell the Story has partnered with StoryRunners to form a 3-day training conference June 7-9 in Louisville, KY.  This is the first training of this kind in the Louisville area, and it will equip you to use storying as you engage with people about the Word.  You will learn how to use story sets, from creation to Christ with any one in any context.  Register today!  To learn more, please visit

 

http://www.SimplyTellTheStory.com

 

Please register early; they expect this training to fill up!

3) International Orality Network Conference —

The use of story and oral methods is often the missing piece to help round out your mission toolbox. Take part in an International Orality Network Conference, September 12-15, 2011, at Ridgecrest near Asheville, NC, to gain insights, ideas and tools to use story and orality in your ministry. Practical sessions will be offered for those new to orality, as well as in-depth, advanced sessions for the well trained. For more information visit,

 

http://www.ionevents.org

8) Orality Movement Search Engine —

Here’s another specialized missions search engine by Phronema.Org. This one is for resources related to the Orality Movement. So if you search for something like “water stories” you will actually get a meaningful result from a missions perspective. There are also search engines for Missions Research, Holistic Ministry, Cybermissions and Mobile Ministry. Its free and its at

 

http://www.phronema.org

 

if you have an orality related website and want it included just send an email to John at

digitalopportunitiesatgmaildotcom

10) Experience 5 days of Bible storying in beautiful Orlando —

It’s happening in Sunny Florida! Campus Crusade for Christ will make sure, before you’re done, that you can train others. This trainers training October 10 – 14, 2011 is for individuals, churches, and mission agencies.  The workshop begins at 6pm on Monday and ends at noon on Friday.  The cost for on-site lodging, meals, materials, and airport ground transfers is $350 per person. For details visit

 

http://www.StoryRunners.com

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