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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.

Mike Lockett

Whether teaching in a public, parochial, home school, or Sunday School, stories can enhance the joy of learning and improve the acquisition of secular and Biblical knowledge: Listening – Speaking – Vocabulary – Comprehension – Confidence – Character. Learn how to find and craft good stories. Practice techniques for learning and effectively telling stories. Learn ways to make stories memorable and practice “story play” (extensions to help students remember stories). Participants will be given access to over 250 stories they can read, learn and retell. Storytelling resources will be shared to help novice tellers acquire secular stories and tales of faith.

Mark Getz

Naturally connecting the story of God to our lives and then to those we care for can be a challenge. Together, we will practice learning to picture a Bible story in a way that makes it easier to recall and summarize. Then we will try out ways to attach “handles” to those pictures of Biblical scenes that more comfortably connect the principles of that story to everyday discussions. Finally, we will look for strategies that comfortably connect these Biblical principles into our daily conversations.

Mary Claire Anderson

Use words to create a “word picture” that will add layers to your story. In this English class refresher, we will practice techniques to incorporate imagery into your story. By brainstorming about the key contrasts in your story, you can build a repertoire of specific and interesting words and phrases that make your story vivid, engaging and memorable.

The Edu-Tellers (Betty and Mike 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.

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.

Kay Price

Learn some hands on ideas of how to share the Bible stories with the simple use of paper and pencil (white board and marker). Creating a map of the narrative will help you – and others – to see a Bible story as a series of events. The path of your map will help fix the story in your mind. Skill level required: stick figure drawings. Great for those teaching youth.

Buck Creacy

Explore the strategies of telling moral tales. This workshop looks at the culturally connected storytelling methods of Jesus, Aesop, and modern Rabbis. Perhaps you will discover a few tips for crafting your own moral tales. Every culture tells stories, often they are for entertainment, but some cultures combine entertainment with social consequence stories. Ever wonder how the tales of boys who cry wolf and other stories of social significance were created? Buck can’t answer that question, but he can tell you how he creates moral tales or uses classic tales to teach.

Anne Alexander

Are you using a ‘channel’ of communication unintelligible to your listeners? Telling worldview-specific stories can bridge this gap. Does the listener’s culture emphasize guilt/innocence, shame /honor, fear/power, or pollution/purity? Learn to discern these themes in stories and choose stories that will speak clearly to those God loves. Recognizing different themes will radically change the way you read the Bible!

Kay Price and Mary Claire Anderson

Hold your audience’s attention by manipulating paper as you tell your story. In just 90 minutes, you will learn four stories that create intrigue by using cutting, folding and tearing. Use our stories, or adapt the “trick” to another story. These stories are great conversation starters.

The Edu-Tellers (Betty and Mike Roe)

This session will include playing and singing gospel songs and hymns, followed 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. 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.

Chuck Broughton

Buddhists…Muslims…Post-moderns…Wiccan…Religious diversity is all around us! It is strategic to learn how to use Bible stories in an effective way to relate to and reach people in different environments and from various religious backgrounds (especially Islam). The focus will be on examples, practical tools, and illustrations.

Friday Morning

Phyllis Hostmeyer

The Bible Telling Organization has created a Bible study that covers 20 overview stories.This training will guide participants through the use of graphic organizers and other tools that encourage dialogue during dynamic small group studies. Learn how to help study groups dig into the stories of the Bible while sharing ideas and insights. Please bring a Bible with you – hard copy or electronic. 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.

Don Falkos

How do you take a fable, a folk tale, or even a Bible story from the printed page and bring it to life? In this session, you will be lead through a detailed, 14-step process for doing exactly that. This process is explored in the book, The Art of Storytelling, by John Walsh. We will also investigate the use of facial expressions, gestures, pausing, and other storytelling tools to improve the presentation of your newly developed story. You will experience the joys (and frustrations) of developing a story from start to finish.

Buck Creacy

Have a giggle and learn how to make anything funny by using Buck’s unique approach to humor. This course is not for the sour or disgruntled, unless of course you could use a break from being cranky. Buck will unravel the age-old elements that cause people of any age or background to laugh. By example and illustration, you will be able to find humor in even the most mundane events. Don’t miss it! This workshop is a conference favorite all over the USA.

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!


Mary Claire Anderson

Experience examples of how to combine personal experiences and BibleTelling into one story. We will explore ways to help others see the relevance of Scripture by juxtaposing passages with contemporary stories. We will look for the themes of Biblical passages that connect to ourselves and those around us.

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

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.

John Walsh

Here is a method of learning Bible stories that doesn’t require reading or memorizing. You will start by learning a Bible story in a fun interactive way. From there, you will experience the story through drama, music, drawings, etc. This method has been used with great success in over 20 countries around the world and can easily be used in your ministry.

Chuck Broughton

Looking for a simple, inexpensive, relational, and Biblical strategy for effective personal ministry to others? Discover how to help people in a natural way by using everyday conversations along with God’s Stories, My Story, Your Story, Others’ Stories, and learning how to develop “Our Story.”

Kay Price and Mary Claire Anderson

Come prepared to listen or tell. You’ll hear stories that you can tell, and stories that will spark ideas for your own stories. Let’s share a variety of Christmas stories that we can add to our holiday repertoire. We welcome stories from any category: humorous, touching, spiritual, legends, children, audience participation, etc.

(Please limit stories to no more than 8 minutes.)

Anne Alexander (moderator)

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

Saturday Morning

Chris Albin

This session will promote a vision for a local area ministry opportunity for amateur Christian storytellers. The vision stems from a yearlong ministry experiment in a church where members and guests were invited to enjoy a monthly night of music and story. We will discuss programming that worked well and elements that didn’t. We will promote forming similar ministries in other churches. We will brainstorm possibilities that would make such a ministry successful, such as creating a network of local amateur storytellers willing to travel to neighboring towns and serve in such ministries.

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.

Phyllis Hostmeyer

This session will share several poems that have been created by members of various Bible study groups. Participants will then be given time to write similar poems based upon Bible stories. No poetry writing experience is necessary; just a love of Bible stories and a desire to express yourself. Bring a Bible along if you can, but it isn’t necessary. Stories will be provided to all participants. All participants will be actively writing during this session.

Lorna MacDonald Czarnota

Stories help us navigate illness and grief in many ways including viewing a situation through someone else’s eyes. Cancer survivors need reassurance that their stories have value and that through telling their stories they begin to heal, gain confidence, and create legacy. For those who have lost loved ones to cancer, telling stories validates those lives and creates lasting positive memories. In this workshop, Lorna will share her experience with Buffalo based Roswell Cancer Institute, both as a storyteller/presenter to these populations and as a cancer survivor.

Chuck Broughton

Learn about Six Approaches for Using Bible Stories. If you want help in determining your audience and meeting their needs, you will discover how to put together a program that will help accomplish your goals. We will look at a few samples of Bible story-based programs in use around the world and discuss how to connect Bible stories with where people are in their spiritual journeys.

Lauretta Phillips

Small group study is the new normal for congregations these days. Why? How does this work? This workshop will explore the uses of story in a small group book or Bible study. Among our discussions will be questions such as: What does a small group study look like? How does story affect it? How do you get people to participate? What do you do to bring life back into a tired group? What controls does a leader need? How do you measure the success of the study? Bring your ideas, questions and examples of what works or doesn’t to share.

Mike Lockett

Description of Session – Participants will laugh and enjoy the sharing of stories as they learn to how use the oral tradition of storytelling to help young learners become better at listening and speaking and how to use stories to improve the skills they need to be better readers and writers. Participants will learn at least three stories they can use successfully in their own classrooms. The presenter will share resources that will work well in public school, parochial school and in home school classrooms.