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Thursday Morning

1 Small Group Leader Training

Phyllis Hostmeyer

The BibleTelling Organization has created a Bible study that covers 20 overview stories of the Bible. This training will equip you to lead dynamic small group studies. Learn how to help your group dig into the stories of the Bible while sharing their ideas and insights. This training will use the same techniques it teaches: small group work and activities that encourage dialogue. Upon completion of the training, you will receive the 20-lesson Bible study and a certificate of completion.

Please bring a Bible with you (hard copy or electronic).

2 Getting Started as a Storyteller

Betty and Mike Roe

In this session The Edu-Tellers (Betty and Mike Roe) will discuss how to get started as a storyteller: choosing a story, learning a story, considering your audiences, choosing your style of telling, and techniques of telling. There will be some discussion of use of accents or gestures, and props and/or costumes, as well as consideration of use of vocal and facial expression, pacing of the story, and volume, to achieve the desired effects. There will be story demonstrations and a question and answer session.

3 Knowing Your Audience

Diana Stevenson

How can we know what people’s hearts hunger for–specifically? We’ll explore information that shakes up our presumptions and learn ways to respond wisely to people groups’ and audiences’ values, fears, reasons for laughter and tears, motivations, taboos, expectations, beliefs, distrusts, etc. Understanding them enables us to customize an appetizing “menu” of particular Bible stories to feed their spiritual hunger. We’ll discover ways to accentuate various spiritual truths embedded in a story to leave your people thirsting to know more and know Jesus. Understanding our audience is the bedrock for successfully sustaining ministry among them.

4 Crafting a Captivating Story

Don Falkos

How do you take a fable, a folk tale, or any other type of story from the printed page and bring it to life? In this session, participants will learn a detailed, 14-step process for doing exactly that. This process is presented in depth in the book, The Art of Storytelling, by John Walsh. We will work together to develop a story from start to finish. Along the way we will explore the use of facial expressions, gestures, pausing, and other storytelling tools to improve the presentation of our ever-developing story.

5 Discovering Barriers to the Gospel

Diana Stevenson

Through missionary tales, you’ll learn to identify threats to others’ beliefs that hinder them from believing the Gospel (U.S. and cross-culturally), gain favor with cultural/religious gate keepers, formulate a sure entry strategy, use a reproducible method, side-step rejection, do pre-conversion discipleship, and draw people to walk with Jesus! Stories are both the Biblical dynamite that blows up barriers of unbelief and the Biblical bridges that convey the Truth to your people group’s or audience’s hearts. Bible Storytelling also provides non-threatening platforms for women Bible Storytellers ministering in male-dominated cultures.

Thursday Afternoon

6 Make a Strong Connection to Your Audience

Mary Claire Anderson

All presentations are actually persuasive – the first thing you must do is persuade the audience to listen to you. Learn to 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.

7 House to House

Cheryl Fornelli

Starting with creative ways to lead into a Bible story in a home, hospital or other public setting, participants will experience a fun method for rapid reproduction of Bible Storytelling and Evangelism. Recommended after receiving basic knowledge about learning and telling Bible narratives. Successful in non-literate villages in Papua New Guinea to highly literate peoples in the United States and places in-between, House to House will model how people can learn simple stories from each other and quickly spread the gospel from “House to House”. (Acts 5:42)

8 Fairy Tales Through Christ-colored Glasses

Jeff Scott

Fairy tales and fables can be a gateway to God’s story. This workshop will help you discover how God’s truth in such stories can open up new opportunities to share the good news creatively. We’ll put on our Christ-colored glasses, discuss several fairy tales and fables, and put our lessons into practice.

9 Bible Stories and Buddha

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

10 BibleTelling 101 (session A)

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.

11 Thematic Storytelling Programs

Kay Price

This workshop will help you create a thematic program using storytelling. Audiences love stories that touch their hearts. From the mundane to the special, from gardening to gifts, from love and loss, from the past and with the hope of the future, stories abound and are waiting to be told to your audience. Examples of programs that have worked for the presenter to various groups will be given. As a participant in this workshop you will map out a theme and program stories for your next event.

12 Developing and Telling Tandem Stories

Betty and Mike Roe

The Edu-Tellers (Betty and Mike Roe) will provide information on choosing stories to develop into tandem stories, developing the stories into tandems that progress smoothly, and presenting the tandems. They will show their development of a tandem from straight narrative text, demonstrate telling tandems, and give participants an interactive experience in developing a tandem story with a partner. If time permits, partners will have a chance to share their productions with the class. The leaders will be available to answer questions as the partners work on their stories. Story sharing will follow this process.

13 What I Need to Know to Serve in Prisons

Chuck Broughton

Have you thought about volunteering in prison ministry? Many people are “hung-up” with inaccurate stereotypes of how to help people in prison. You will gain an introduction to prison ministry as well as the rationale, history and overview of using BibleTelling in U.S. Prisons. Come with all your issues, questions, and concerns! You will interact with people who are experienced as volunteers in prisons.

14 Tailoring a BibleTelling Israel Trip

John Walsh and Brian Thieme

In 420, Jerome referred to the land of Israel as “The Fifth Gospel.” There is no experience like seeing the place where the events of the Bible happened. BibleTelling now has a program where churches can craft their own tour of Israel and tailor it to the needs of each congregation. This workshop shows how easy it is.

15 A Wool Gathering Experience

Chris Albin

This session will promote a vision for a ministry opportunity for amateur Christian storytellers. The vision stems from a year-long ministry experiment in a Danville, Illinois 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.

16 Conversational Witnessing Through Storytelling

Mike Lockett

Storytelling is a natural form of communication that serves us well in all areas of life. This session will focus on the use of storytelling as a means of building bridges with others. Formal and informal storytelling can build bridges between different cultures. It can give us a chance to comfort and to counsel others. Storytelling can open doors to share one’s faith and to witness to others. The presenter will share stories that work well in less formal settings and demonstrate how to use stories that support your personal walk with Christ.

Friday Afternoon

17 BibleTelling 101 (session B)

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.

18 Finding Christ in Everyday Living

Lauretta Phillips

Participants will have the opportunity to hear and discuss stories of everyday life showcasing Christ. They will have an opportunity to share stories they recall where Christ showed up. Each participant will become aware of ways to glean these stories from their lives and the lives of others. We will discuss the permissions needed to share these stories and the ways and places to do this. All should come away with at least one story to tell and a renewed sense of the story in all of us.

19 Adult Literacy and ESL

Jan Walsh

This workshop is for churches that are looking for new ways to reach into their communities. Language Olympics is a BibleTelling tool that can help any ministry establish a literacy program for adults and struggling students. It is also a tool to enable a church to provide a successful ESL service (English as a Second Language) for the international community around them. Jan Walsh will give you step-by-step instructions on how to set up one of these programs in your church or ministry.

20 Building a Topical Discipleship Plan

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.

21 Christmas Story Swap

Mary Claire Anderson

Come prepared to listen or tell. 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.)

22 Spot-on Story Selections

Diana Stevenson

(This session is best experienced if you take Diana’s first two sessions, but come even if you missed them.) We’ll have fun choosing a track of Bible stories for different people groups and different settings: men, women, unevangelized, discipling older Christians, youth, Seniors, cross-cultural, etc., and those to whom you are ministering. We’ll highlight valuable gems found in Truth that Sticks in a Teflon World and in the Chronological Bible Storying method with first-hand accounts of how lives on the mission field have been transformed thru Bible stories.

23 Training Certified BibleTelling Instructors

Chuck Broughton

In the last few years, nearly 2000 incarcerated men and women have been certified as BibleTelling instructors…how did this happen? An in-depth look and discussion of actual training sessions and the content of a well-tested program…this workshop will give you some fresh ideas for implementing BibleTelling training in your situation.

Saturday Morning

24 Small Group Leader Training

Phyllis Hostmeyer

The BibleTelling Organization has created a Bible study that covers 20 overview stories of the Bible. This training will equip you to lead dynamic small group studies. Learn how to help your group dig into the stories of the Bible while sharing their ideas and insights. This training will use the same techniques it teaches: small group work and activities that encourage dialogue. Upon completion of the training, you will receive the 20-lesson Bible study and a certificate of completion.

Please bring a Bible with you (hard copy or electronic).

25 Cut It Out! I’ll Fold!

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. You will amaze your audience with paper and scissors.

26 Polishing Your Bible Storytelling Style

Diana Stevenson

While each storyteller is unique, we’ll examine essential presentation principles that can increase effectiveness and diminish distractions. We’ll laugh at the leader’s stories which skip these essentials and affirm one another as we practice them efficaciously. The class will explore the power of questions to trigger didactic discussion and diagnose where learners are on their spiritual journey. Storytellers’ opinions & interpretations of Bible stories can unwittingly adulterate the purity of the text and develop man-made traditions. We’ll learn to cherish the awesomeness of God as He reveals Himself in His own tales, detached from the storyteller’s lens.

27 Working with At-Risk Youth

Lorna MacDonald Czarnota

The Crossroads is the perfect metaphor for the teen years; that time between childhood and adulthood when the teen culture seeks freedom with security and guidance. Stories are excellent models for living and can reach a teen in ways that a stern lecture cannot. In this workshop we will explore the uses of stories with this challenging population. We will begin by understanding what it means to be an at-risk teen, what issues teens need addressed, and what to expect when working with them. Sample stories and discussion will be included.

28 God Can Use Me!…I Can DO This!

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.”

29 Does It Really Work?

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 engage in this Intercultural Panel Discussion to answer your questions and recommend resources.

30 Giving Good Counsel

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.