Orality and Storycrafting


All human cultures employ oral discourse (narratives, proverbs, stories, poetry, song) in transmitting behavioral norms. In many cultures where a writing system is comparatively new, orality remains a dominant method of teaching and learning. This course will enable you to use your culture’s oral tradition as a platform for creating a Biblical storying tradition.

Goals of the course

Upon completing the course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the potential for oral approaches to Bible knowledge in your cultural context
  • Understand the utility of Biblical storying as a tool for evangelism and scripture use.
  • Teach stories creatively in various contexts, especially in a fellowship group, and to do so in a way that builds bridges to your home culture. This will include playing with the story you are presenting, discussing it, and adding fellowship items such as music and prayer.
  • Craft Biblical stories, if possible in your mother tongue, that are anchorable in the Bible.
  • Demonstrate understanding of how the choice of stories used in the class training story set cohere or hang together around a common theme.
  • Facilitate crafting a Biblical story (where you are not the one crafting the story, but helping someone else do it)
  • Test Biblical stories you have crafted for repeatability, that are understood in the way you intended, that fit into a redemptive theme, and that surmount barriers while building bridges from God to your culture.
  • Plan a story set that is comprehensive of Christian doctrine, encompasses both Old and New Testaments, and fits a redemptive theme that corresponds to your culture.
  • Plan a story set around a special theme, such as trauma healing.