Important Points to Remember When Storytelling

J.O. Terry was an early practitioner of Chronological Bible Storytelling for the International Mission Board in Asia. Here his pointers “demythologize” some things people who have been introduced to “orality” may have heard about “oral learners”…

Among others…

1. They don’t memorize “magically”…

2. They don’t become instant “theologians” – their ability to memorize is linked to interest in practical versus theoretical interests.

He ends on an encouraging note that makes the whole article well worth reading:

I’ll end with a personal account. For several years, a Tamil driver took me to the places where we were teaching the Bible stories. The driver was literate but had no formal theological training. One day, after being away for some time, I discovered that he had taught his wife and children to tell the Bible stories; the family then told their neighbors and planted a church.

After an absence of ten years I met him again. He was now pastoring a church that met in his home and still telling the Bible stories in his preaching and outreach. If I had it to do over, I would spend even more time training pastors and others who were willing to learn the stories, who lived among the people, and who caught the vision to tell the stories of Jesus until he returns.

Read it all at…

Important Points to Remember When Storytelling

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