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.
Oral Bible Study
|Often chronological||Can 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:
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.