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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)

You may have heard that storytelling is an effective tool for discipleship, but do you know why? We will explore how storytelling is a unique method of communication that can make a lasting impact on a person’s faith.

Brian Thieme coordinating

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Mickie O’Donnell coordinating

Learn the tricks of the trade of creative storytelling.  When we speak did you know that people are more affected by how we speak through our tone of voice and our body language than by the actual words? So how do we use our bodies and our voices to convey the most wonderful WORDS of all? Come find out.

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.

 

Kids love stories.  Remember how your children would have you read the same story over and over? Even before they could read children would say the words you were reading out loud with you!  There is both comfort and power in the repetition.  Let’s use this love of hearing and re-telling stories that comes so naturally to children with the greatest stories of all – The Biblical Narratives – God’s own stories.

Learn how to encourage them to retell the stories and help them to uncover what God is saying to them with open-ended Wonder Questions!

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.

The 66 books that make up the Bible connect to each other at multiple levels.  Jewish history forms a storyline that ties these narratives together across multiple centuries.  Inspired Biblical authors recognized this and employed many literary strategies to illustrate the important themes of this storyline.  We will examine ways to explore these connections as part of sharing a Bible story.

Mickie O’Donnell is coordinating.

Tired of cotton balls, craft sticks, coloring pages, and glitter glue? Tired of trying to make some abstract craft idea connect to the story?  Me too!  Stop struggling with bad “object lessons” and throwing away craft projects that are left in the car or are abandoned in the church parking lot. Quit spending money on that which is meaningless and find new ways to help kids actually create something from nature, science, and stuff everyone has at home, to help them retell Biblical stories while wondering what God is saying through the story.  You’ll be surprised how easy, inexpensive, and fun it is.

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.