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Thursday Morning

Don Falkos and Roger Schmidgall

The instructors will define BibleTelling and discuss how to be successful at it. They will guide participants through various methods for learning a Bible story, including “Draw and Tell” and “Story Exploration”. This is the first of two three-hour sessions. The sessions stand independently of each other – material will not be repeated. Feel free to attend either session or both.

John Walsh

Those attending this session will take a Bible story and express it in one of various art forms. This will include music, drama, poetry, pantomime, rap, etc.

Mary Claire Anderson

How is storytelling different than drama? A devotional? A Bible reading? This introductory workshop will explore the differences, and the advantages of all of these types of communication. We will practice some of the methods that make storytelling unique. Bring your plans from some of your upcoming events, and we will explore how storytelling can enhance your message.

Alisa Henley

What are leading faith-based organizations doing to build trusting relations among leaders? Developing leaders who can create a climate of trust has been a challenge for many churches. Without trust, church relationships will be diminished and jeopardized. As Stephen M.R. Covey said, “The ability to establish, grow, extend, and restore trust is the key professional and personal competency of our time.”

Anne Alexander

Impromptu group story performances convey situations, roles, relationships & meanings, usually without a script. In group-oriented cultures, much of the story line may be conveyed by gestures or body language instead of words. What does this look like in the culture you encounter? How could you find out? What difference might it make to learners remembering & telling the stories? This is an interactive workshop with audio visual supplementation. Anne’s Taiwan experience & research into performance studies provides the basis.

Mike and Betty Roe

This session will include playing and singing gospel songs and hymns, accompanied by presentation of stories related to the songs and analysis of the Christian concepts within them. Songs presented will range from ones to use with young children to ones that are more appropriate for use with older students and adults. We will explain how it worked both as a Bible Study series and use in a worship service. Audience members will be involved through questions and answers about prepared material and discussion of story/song connections with scripture and a scripture search for material to accompany one or more other songs or hymns.

Julie Monnard

Storytelling in sermons is an engaging way to preach, yet finding stories week after week can be a challenge. We will share with each other how we find stories from media, from our lives, and from our creativity. We also can share stories of sermons that have hit a chord with parishioners as well as stories of sermons that have fallen flat. Bring titles of books, websites, and other sermon illustration resources that you use.

Thursday Afternoon

Don Falkos and John Walsh

The instructors will guide participants through various methods for learning a Bible story, including “Walk Around the Room” and “Multi-Translation Round Table”. There will also be discussion of how to remember dialog and lists. This is the second of two three-hour sessions. The sessions stand independently of each other – material will not be repeated. Feel free to attend either session or both.

Anne Alexander

If we share the good news in the way we received it, it may be unintelligible to our listeners. Telling Bible stories can bridge this gap. How may we choose appropriate stories for listeners whose culture emphasizes either guilt/innocence, shame /honor, fear/power, or pollution/purity? Learn to personally discern these themes in Bible stories and passages in order to tell stories that will speak to those God loves. It will radically change the way you read the Bible!

Steve Mahoney

This session will teach you multi-sensory ways to tap into your God-given imagination for listening to, recalling, and telling back a bible (or other) story. The simple goal in this workshop is to make story-learning fun and personally creative. Remembering is done via a unique multi-sensory approach whereby you learn the chronological flow of any story by mentally “attaching” it to a literal place that you either have been to, been in, or know of. We will also have a hand’s-on time for learning a story or two from the Gospel of John.

Alisa Henley

When it comes to making a meaningful connection with congregants, nothing compares to your personal stories. You come to trust others, learn from others and are sometimes inspired by others based on their ability to share their stories. And even if you don’t think you have stories, here is where you’ll learn, you do.

Diana Stevenson

Stories are both the Biblical dynamite that blows up barriers of unbelief and the Biblical bridges that convey Truth to your audience’s hearts. Through missionary tales and small group interactions, you’ll learn to identify threats to others’ beliefs that hinder them from believing the Gospel–in the U.S. and cross-culturally. This will help you gain favor with cultural/religious gate keepers, formulate a dependable entry strategy, side-step rejection, do pre-salvation discipleship, and draw people to walk with Jesus! Let’s find out how to reduce or demolish barriers experienced by both audience and storyteller–strategically and wisely.

Mary Claire Anderson

All presentations are actually persuasive – the first thing you must do is persuade the audience to listen to you. Learn how you and your story, as well as what you do before and as you tell your story, will help you earn the privilege of being heard by your audience, whether it is in an auditorium, a classroom, or on the other side of the coffee table.

Julie Monnard

As churches get smaller, sometimes it becomes necessary to have all ages – adults and/or children – in one Sunday School classroom. Storytelling is an important way to bridge the age gaps and help all to engage with the material. This class will look at how to build your own cross generational Sunday School program around storytelling.

Friday Morning

Jessie Perez

In this workshop, Jessie walks the participants through an interactive workshop to the discovery of how God created us to think. While it seems we all think differently, there are only really four different temperament colors in any person’s spectrum. When we understand these we can begin to understand people at a deeper level after just a short conversation. Unity is built on trust, and trust is built on knowing people. Through color, not only do you get a jump start on knowing people, but when you know them, you can truly care for their needs at a greater level of precision. And learning color is really all about learning to speak and communicate in a way that others who are not like you can receive. The greatest thing is that it is effective in every culture, gender and generation. Once you learn to speak color, you will start seeing color in everyone, including the people of the Bible. You will being to instantly recognize innate strengths and value people at a greater level.

Rick and Paula Miller

Crossing Cultures

This is the story of our adventure of using BibleTelling on the mission field. Our previous experience was filled with sending out traditional preachers. They were shocked when we began sending out storytellers instead. In time, they made the switch with us, and soon became convinced when they saw the difference in the depths within their churches, and the ease of spreading the Word. Join us in this workshop and be a part of the discussion as we share how our BibleTelling ministry continued to grow and expand.

Mary Claire Anderson

Bring your imagination to life as you tell your stories. We will practice how the storyteller puts himself into the moment and draws the audience into the story by “mapping” the locations in the story and revealing a variety of meaningful reactions to the people, places and objects in the story. These techniques, in turn, spark the audience member’s imagination, leading him to a meaningful response.

Kim King and Kindra Spears

We would like to share how storytelling can be used along with other classical tools to provide a complete family curriculum flexible enough to be used in various ministry situations. We have completed a 3 year curriculum using the Bible Telling stories separated into weekly lessons. In our session, we would focus on integrating storytelling with music, map work, and memory work to teach children core Biblical literacy and give them confidence to share their faith at a young age. We will share a timeline song that will help students string different Bible stories together and discuss the importance of mapwork to help the stories have context. We will also share an incentive system for families to encourage weekly practice in storytelling and Bible memory work.


During this general session, you will hear several storytellers present the Big Story of the Bible through various methods that you too could learn. Each will use a different structure and level of detail. A panel of storytellers will also share from their own experiences about how they have used this type of tool to minister to and disciple those whom they encounter. For those who want to delve deeper into this subject, you should attend the workshop presented by Roger Schmidgall, entitled The Whole Bible Story.

Friday Afternoon

Phyllis Hostmeyer

This is the second of two three-hour sessions. The sessions stand independently of each other – material will not be repeated. This session will focus on the question – answer relationship and how to use and create questions that encourage dialogue. Please bring a Bible with you – hard copy or electronic.

Diana Stevenson

Heading off to do VBS, building projects, medical missions, youth work, preach or evangelize within another culture here or abroad? Before you head out, participants or team leaders will learn how to prepare a story set for a variety of situations. We’ll look at ways to heighten receptivity, understand their culture, initiate or respond to strangers in a door-opening loving way, and how to communicate without knowing their language. In small and large group activities, we’ll explore paths of service using Bible Storying helpful for novices and seasoned cross-culture workers.

Mike and Betty Roe

This session will provide information on choosing stories to develop into tandem stories, developing the stories into tandems that progress smoothly, and presenting the tandems. It will show the development of a tandem from straight narrative text, it will include a demonstration of telling a tandem story, and it will give participants an interactive experience in developing a tandem story with a partner. Copies of Bible stories will be available for development by tandem pairs. If time permits, partners will have a chance to share their productions with the class. The leaders will be available to answer questions about any portion of the presentation as it progresses and will offer feedback to partners who request it.

Craig and Marilyn Hanscome

A presentation on how God used and developed an orality ministry in the CMA churches of West and Central Africa. Including, initial presentations of orality, how base trainings developed and spread (over 1500 people trained in 50 trainings), how to train orality trainers to be able to spred the base trainings, and how to craft story sets in the maternal languages of the national churches and unreached peoples that they are targeting. Lots of examples and stories and also how our trainings were refined and became more and more “oral” and effective. (Also would do another session where people would experience the method used and be able to interact and ask questions about it.)

Mickie O’Donnell

Are you tired of the latest published Sunday School curriculum that promises a fresh approach? Are you tired of not getting “teachers”? Are you tired of spending money on material that doesn’t get used? Are you discouraged when no one seems to remember what you are teaching? Learn a new methodology that is not dependent upon any publishing company. Help kids actually TELL Bible stories and make connections to Biblical truth for life transformation. Use what you already have on hand. It’s free, it’s easy, and you can do it!


How can Bible stories be effectively used in cross-cultural work? How does a person find listeners? Will Bible storytelling result in lasting change? What kind of Bible stories or discussion styles work where? How does one select appropriate stories? What cultural issues require special attention? Cross-cultural workers who have used Bible storytelling in their work will answer your questions and recommend resources.

Nick & Lucy DellaValle

This workshop is a “shape shifter” of sorts. It shifts our perspectives and redefines our opportunities. It is about storytelling and it is about YOU! It reveals a multitude of talents, investigates a myriad of bible study techniques and produces a confidence that enables each of us to share our faith without confrontation. It is a means of introducing people to the magic of Biblical storytelling by releasing a yet undiscovered story that we all have within ourselves. It promotes a network of unity among the Christian factions within our own community. In 90 minutes, we begin a journey that demonstrates how we can expand our influence for CHRIST and create alliances that open doors for the Gospel to be shared in new and creative ways.

Mickie O’Donnell

Now that you understand what Bibletelling for Children’s Ministry is about, this session allows you to try your hand at developing a Teaching Unit of stories and activities that will work for your church. Mickie will coach you through the process.

Prerequisite: BibleTelling for Children’s Ministry Part 1 Understanding the Basics

Saturday Morning

Mike & Betty Roe

This session will explain why storytelling is effective for teaching multiple subjects in school and how to use it to provide enjoyment while addressing subject matter. There will be demonstrations of how to use storytelling to teach in language arts, social studies, and math classes. The importance of use of appropriate vocal expression and the usefulness of music, costumes, and props for some stories will be addressed. The session will be interactive, with the participants role-playing the part of the students. There will also be a question-and-answer session.

Craig and Marilyn Hanscome

This will allow participants to experience the very simple storying method used in the CMA African National Churches. Participants will process the story using our standard questions, learn the story, tell it in small groups and be able to ask questions about the underlying principles used in spreading this method in 7 countries of West and Central Africa. Practical, mostly experience with opportunity to ask lots of questions.

John Walsh

Some Bible stories are easy to learn, while others are more difficult. This workshop are for those who want to know some of the tricks and methods for learning the “hard-to-learn” stories. Be prepared to have your abilities stretched and challenged.

Roger Schmidgall

The Bible contains hundreds of amazing, meaningful stories. Yet the Bible is also a single, larger story—one we don’t want to miss as we learn and share the many smaller stories. This workshop identifies the one larger story and surveys various ways people have tried to communicate that whole Bible story. We will discuss these approaches and demonstrate and learn several of them. You will be able to select and adapt a favorite model that best fits your preferred storytelling method.

Mike Lockett

Looking to get more bookings in SCHOOLS? – EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTERS? – in BILINGUAL CLASSROOMS? – in FOREIGN MARKETS? or in CHURCHES OR SUNDAY SCHOOLS? – Then learn how to tell better audience participation stories and how to use “STORY PLAY” as a part of your storytelling repertoire. Plan on laughing as you actively participate in acting out up to a dozen stories during this workshop. Permission is given to retell all the stories used in this workshop. Appropriate for beginning storytellers, intermediate storytellers, advanced storytellers, librarians, educators, clergy, early childhood providers.

Jan Walsh and Anne Alexander

Empower international immigrants and refugees locally using Language Olympics materials, effectively teaching everyday English based on 60 Bible stories. Anyone who reads, writes, and speaks English will be able to help others using these simple materials and methods. The personal touch of one-on-one tutoring builds bridges. God’s stories change people’s lives. Ask about how Jan Walsh began a church program that tutors around 50 weekly, and the effect that has had on the 50+ tutors and adult participants from many nations! In this workshop you will interact with the materials, hear stories of changed lives, and experience the tutoring procedure.

Julie Monnard

Many times, telling a Bible story simply is the best option. Sometimes, though, opportunity allows for an embellished story. By filling in the gaps of a Bible passage, listeners can better relate to the characters and situations. This type of story is created by studying the cultures of the Old and New Testaments to better visualize what the Bible is portraying. We will walk through the research process for creating an embellished story and then try it out for ourselves.

Mickie O’Donnell

Today’s youth are bombarded with opportunities to share stories of life with one another via Social Media platforms. This is the generation that creates new narratives every day as they interpret their lives in light of watching other people’s stories unfold. How can BibleTelling as a method for learning about God capture their imaginations and transform them into Disciples for Jesus? Come and find out.