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Thursday Morning

John Walsh

An orientation to the host church layout and an introduction to the conference schedule.

Don Falkos and Roger Schmidgall

The main focus is on learning Bible stories without memorizing words. Telling Bible stories should be as easy as telling what you had for breakfast. You picture it in your mind and tell what you see. In this session, you will examine various methods to learn Bible stories. This makes the “work” of learning Bible stories fun and easy. Our goal is to help each person create their own mental pictures that will guide them through the telling of the story. You will also learn the five requirements to excel at Storying. This is the first of two three-hour sessions. The sessions stand independently of each other – material will not be repeated.

John Walsh

Most Bible stories are easy to learn if you approach them right (BibleTelling 101). Still, there are those harder stories that will greatly enhance your ministry if you are able to learn them. This is BibleTelling 201, and it is focused on stories that have hard parts in them – parts you will be tempted to memorize if you don’t use these techniques. If you memorize them, you will forget them in time. If you use these techniques, you will know them for the rest of your life. Prerequisite: Completion of BibleTelling 101 at a previous BibleTelling training or Christian Storytelling Conference.

Thursday Afternoon

Don Falkos and John Walsh

The main focus is on learning Bible stories without memorizing words. Telling Bible stories should be as easy as telling what you had for breakfast. You picture it in your mind and tell what you see. In this session, you will examine various methods to learn Bible stories. This makes the “work” of learning Bible stories fun and easy. Our goal is to help each person create their own mental pictures that will guide them through the telling of the story. You will also learn the five requirements to excel at Storying. This is the second of two three-hour sessions. The sessions stand independently of each other – material will not be repeated.

John Walsh

This session builds on top of the previous one. We move from stories that have hard parts in them, to ones that are difficult all the way through. I will start this session giving an example – a Pauline epistle in story form. Prerequisite: Completion of BibleTelling 101 at a previous BibleTelling training or Christian Storytelling Conference.

Friday Morning

Mary Claire (Coordinator)

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Brian Thieme coordinating

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Mickie O’Donnell coordinating

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John Walsh

Those attending this session will make a Bible story memorable by expressing it in music, drama, poetry, pantomime, rap, etc..

Phyllis Hostmeyer coordinating.

The Bible offers “timeless truths” that will live if we discover those truths through dialogue. Dialogue is one of the best vehicles for learning how to think, make moral decisions, and understand another person’s point of view. This workshop will demonstrate tools and techniques to encourage dialogue with any study group or classroom setting.

Friday Afternoon

Brian Thieme

All people of every age have times of need. When people are in need, encouragement from our Lord can be the balm to heal their wounds, or stories of God’s consequences can help to set the people on the right path again. In this workshop, we will explore the use of Bible stories for giving counsel to those in need. Together, we will compile a list of Bible stories that will equip us to be a light among all of God’s people.

Mickie O’Donnell and Mary Claire Anderson coordinating

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Anne Alexander coordinating.

The Bible is written to people from many perspectives: guilt/innocence, shame /honor, fear/power, and pollution/purity. Recognizing different themes will radically change the way you read the Bible! In communicating God’s good news to others, be aware of how to bridge the cultural gap by including these themes.

Jan Walsh

Language Olympics has a proven track record for developing necessary literacy skills. Come learn how this extremely affordable program is helping striving readers, whether adults or children, learn to love reading. It is currently being used successfully by home-schoolers, summer reading programs, and prison ministry. It has also been adapted to successfully teach English Language Learners.

John Walsh

Jesus told the story of the four soils. One type of soil was the hard path, which represented those who didn’t understand. It is the only one where the seed doesn’t sprout. The hard path is what BibleTelling Evangelism specializes in. We call it “slow permanent change,” or “discipling people to Christ.”

Mickie O’Donnell is coordinating.

 

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Anne Alexander is coordinating.

We’ll look at ways to communicate, to heighten receptivity, to understand others’ culture, and to respond to strangers in a loving way. We’ll explore using Bible Storying and preparing a story set for a variety of situations.

Mary Claire Anderson is coordinating.

How did people live in other times and cultures, and what does this say about our lives today? First-person interpretation is a powerful method of presenting social history, daily life, and controversial issues of the past. Come learn how to combine history with storytelling.

Saturday Morning

Mark Getz is leading this workshop.

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Mickie O’Donnell is coordinating.

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Anne Alexander is coordinating.

How can Bible stories be effectively used in cross- cultural work? What cultural issues require special attention? Cross-cultural workers who have used Bible storytelling in their work will answer your questions and recommend resources.

Phyllis Hostmeyer is coordinating.

Learn how to weave a Bible story into poems of elegant simplicity. No prior writing experience or poetry knowledge necessary to succeed. We will pull words, phrases, and descriptions from the parables and Bible stories and recast them into poetry. These methods are easily transferable to texts in all other subject areas: science, social studies, art, music.

Phyllis Hostmeyer is coordinating.

This general session will address storytelling as conversation with family, flock, and friends. It will also demonstrate how technology brings the ancient art of storytelling into the 21st century.