Orality Resources

Sharing Stories with the World

To meet the needs of accessibility, relatability, and relationship the Christian orality movement birthed a number of methodologies for sharing the Gospel through stories. While there are many methods available, most fall into one of two categories: Bible storying or Oral Bible study.

Bible Storying

Oral Bible Study

Often chronologicalCan be chronological or character-based
The story teller crafts the story to the context of the listener.Emphasis is placed on keeping the text accurate to written scripture.
May shorten long lists to make the story easier to tell and hear.Tells the passage in its entirety—including lists of names, places, and things.
Explains definitions and terminology during the telling of the story.Uses an introduction to explain background and needed definitions rather than giving the information in the midst of the passage.
May change minor details to contextualize the story to the audience or culture.

Emphasis is placed on keeping details the same as written text.

Requires the narrator to understand the culture and context in order to craft the story.The passage is not contextualized to culture.

Where to learn orality skills:

General information:

International Orality Network

Oral Bible Study Methods

Simply The Story: oral Bible study workshops in person and online, presented by The God Story Project.

International Orality Institute: Free downloadable digital curriculum in nine languages or available for for purchase in print format.


Bible Storying Methods

One Story: demonstrations and information on training for Bible story crafting.

Scriptures in Use: Online training and resources.

S-T4T: online resources and downloadable manual for church planting method using Bible storying.