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3) Tell Jesus’ Story As He Did: Through His Own Stories

People flocked to hear Jesus’ teaching because his stories connected to their hearts. If you want to follow his example, join the StoryRunners Orlando School of Storying (oSOS), March 13-16, 2016 or August 15-19, 2016. Learn how to develop and to use oral bible stories in any kind of ministry setting: for evangelism or discipleship, with individuals or groups, within your own people group or cross-culturally. Hear how to use oral bible storying in church planting among unreached people groups. Check out the oSOS at

http://www.storyrunners.org/get-involved/#sos

For more information, email
OrlandoSOSatcrudotorg or call Melissa 405-306-5348 (USA).

5) Jesus Is Enough

bible and glassesHere’s a new Bible Study using Storying methods for those with a Roman Catholic background. Designed as a 35-week study, it can work as an evangelistic Bible study or a discipleship study for existing believers. The study never criticizes the Catholic Church. The leader’s guide is loaded with coaching tips from Bible Storying trainer Mark Snowden. The study costs $49.95 and is delivered via PDF (licensed for making copies). To order, write
SnowdenMinistriesatgmaildotcom
A sample is available for free.

8) Learn New Ways to Tell the Story

Learn the importance of using story to reach oral cultures with the Good News. Get practical help and ministry ideas. Meet others who share your interests. Either way be sure to register by June 1st for a $25 discount. If you succeed in bringing a friend, they’ll give you an additional $25 discount. The dates are September 16-19 (Monday 5pm to
Thursday 8am) at the DoubleTree Conference Center, Chesterfield, MO (that’s really close to St. Louis). Learn more at…

http://www.ionevents.org/

11) MAF-LT Presents Oral Strategies Workshop

Over two-thirds of the world cannot, or will not, learn from reading. But stories open the road to their hearts. MAF-Learning Technologies offers Oral Strategies Workshops in many places around the world. However, each year they offer one in the US. This year it will take place in Boise, Idaho, June 4-8 2013. Students will learn to teach the same way Jesus taught. They will be able to tell fun, accurate Bible stories, lead interactive Bible studies, and equip short-term mission teams. The methods taught work particularly well with people groups who are preferred oral communicators, but even the highly literate find new insights. For more information or to register go to:

http://www.maflt.org/news/oral-strategies-workshop-boise

13) Oral Dramas to teach HIV prevention

Grandma’s Village oral dramas are now available through Kerus Global Education. The 32 dramas on CD are designed for radio use or group listening. Used in community centers, schools, orphan care centers and churches, listeners enjoy the serial dramas. Designed for Africans, these programs were produced by TransWorld Radio and Kerus Global Education in both African English and Swahili. The serial story has biblical, spiritual and physical applications including HIV/AIDS prevention. Visit the website to learn more and order

http://www.kerusglobal.org/products-and-programs/oral-learners

11) MAF-LT Presents Oral Strategies Workshop

Over two-thirds of the world cannot, or will not, learn from reading. But stories open the road to their hearts. MAF-Learning Technologies offers Oral Strategies Workshops in many places around the world. However, each year they offer one in the US. This year it will take place in Boise, Idaho June 4-8 2013. Students will learn to teach the same way Jesus taught. They will be able to tell fun, accurate Bible stories, lead interactive Bible studies, and equip short-term mission teams. The methods taught work particularly well with people groups who are preferred oral communicators, but even the highly literate find new insights. For more information or to register go to:

http://www.maflt.org/news/oral-strategies-workshop-boise

7) Download the Leader’s Audio Bible Today for Free Today

The Leaders Audio Bible, a complete biblical leaders audio training course, featuring 200 select Bible Stories is now available for free download. The producers of this course look at it as a kind of “Bible School for all those who cannot afford money or time or travel to go seek a college Bible education.” This new tool has been developed for those who prefer to learn by listening, by Bible stories, by oral methods, by practicing with their own group, at their own pace, and in their own place. Visit

http://leadersaudiobible.com

to download to your device today.

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.

4) Storyrunners: “This is a Story from God’s Word” —

Our organization continues to benefit from training in chronological Bible storytelling. I bet yours does too. I’ve shared here about the fact that we trained at Storyrunners…

 

http://www.storyrunners.com

 

What I like about their training is that, among other things, they aren’t too proud to implement changes and improvements. After we participated in their training recently, we ended the 40 hours by offering several gentle suggestions for improvement, including the use of actual non-Christians from other cultures to hear and process the stories that participants were writing. Last week, we heard from the leadership of Storyrunners that they have now implemented those suggestions and both they and their participants are loving the results — which makes me want to go back and take the training again so I can hear the story all over again! I’m not sure how quickly I can do that… but I hope you can soon. Check out their website and their [always improving] training. You’ll be glad you did… when you tell your next story from God’s word!

2) Catch this Orality Training in Louisville, Kentucky —

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 they 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 their 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, visit

 

http://www.SimplyTellTheStory.com

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