Storytellers to learn the art of storytelling

By May 15, 2013

International (MAF) — The Learning Technologies department of Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), a global ministry based in Nampa, Idaho, is offering a workshop on presenting the Gospel using storytelling.

The training will be held June 4-8 at The Riverside Hotel in Boise, Idaho. Three-day and five-day sessions are available.

"Seventy-five percent of the Bible is in story form. This is the way Jesus, the Master Storyteller, chose to teach–both the uneducated and the religious leaders alike," says Regina Manley, MAF oral communications specialist and certified Simply the Story (STS) senior instructor. "Oral Strategies skills enhance communication of Bible stories and truths across generations (from grandchildren to grandparents) and naturally encompass a wide range of abilities (from the highly educated to including non-literate villagers). Don't miss it!"

According to Manley, over 80% of the world's populations prefer learning by oral communication methods over print. This includes listening to TV, radio, or movies, and especially interaction with friends. Workshop participants will learn to:

• Tell fun, accurate Bible stories
• Lead interactive discussions
• Teach following Jesus' model
• Energize their ministry – at home, church, or on the mission field

Those who attend the three-day session, held evenings and Saturday, will become certified Story Practitioners. Participants in the five-day Leadership Workshop will have added opportunities to practice and develop their skills, and complete the first step to becoming an MAF certified Oral Communications Advocate.

The three-day session costs $50, and the five-day session costs $150. There is a discount for early registration by May 30 for the three-day session. The fees cover materials as well as meals and snacks during the all-day sessions.


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