Authors: David Ford, Joshua Mann, Peter Phillips
Published by: Routledge (2019)

From the book description:

The Bible and Digital Millennials explores the place of the Bible in the lives of 18 to 35 year-olds who have been born into the digital age. As the use of digital media becomes increasingly pervasive, it should follow that it will have a significant effect on people’s engagement with religion and the sacred texts associated with it. Drawing on contemporary in-depth surveys, this study unpacks digital millennials’ stance towards, use of and engagement with the Bible in both offline and online settings.

The book features results from a nationally representative survey of 2,000 young British people specifically commissioned for this project. The data is also compared with the findings of others, including a poll of 850 British Bible-centric Christians and recent Bible engagement surveys from the USA.

This book investigates the relevance of the Bible to the lives of those who have grown up in the digital age. It will, therefore, offer fresh insight to any scholar of biblical studies, religion and digital media, and religious studies.  [more...]

Communicating the Christian Message to People Who Don’t Read
Author: Harry Box
Published by: William Carey Library (2014)

From the book's description:

Don’t Throw the Book at Them addresses one of the most vital issues in contemporary missions. It is a manual for cross-cultural missionaries and national church leaders ministering in societies based on oral rather than written communication. Harry Box, former missionary and researcher in Papua New Guinea and among the Aborigines of Central Australia, explains the distinct characteristics of oral societies, how they differ from literacy-oriented societies, Jesus’ ministry to oral communicators, and why effective presentation of the Christian message demands that Western Christians change their approach to orality. The book goes beyond case studies and analysis, allowing the reader to develop a detailed plan for communication.  [more...]

Dallas International University, Texas, USA
Sponsor: Center for Excellence in World Arts

The MA with a major in World Arts prepares students to work cross-culturally alongside singers, musicians, actors, dancers, storytellers, and visual artists, researching the arts of their community. Using these insights, the student will be able to spark artistic creations with artists to respond to their community’s needs in community development, health education, justice issues, language and arts preservation, literacy, Scripture engagement and translation, worship expressions, and other areas.

This program will be of interest to people with artistic skills and sensibilities, curiosity about culture, a commitment to serious research, and a drive to see others create. Depending on prior background and training, as well as the specialization and application courses chosen, graduates will be prepared for careers such as the following:

  • Arts journalist
  • Community development worker
  • Ethnodramatologist
  • Ethnomusicologist
  • Orality consultant
  • Trauma healing consultant
  • Arts consultant for Bible translation projects, Schools in cross-cultural contexts, Non-governmental organizations, Multi-ethnic churches, Literacy projects, and sending agencies
  [more...]
Research conducted among U.S. adults
Author: Barna Group
Published by: American Bible Society (2019)

This report contains the findings from a nationwide study in the United States, commissioned by the American Bible Society and conducted by Barna Group.

Here are some of the findings:

  • One in six adults (16%) reports using the Bible every day, while another 14% use it several times a week. Another 9% of the population use the Bible once a week, 7% use it once a month, compared to 6% who use it three to four times a year, and 18% who use it less often. Roughly one in three (31%) say they never use the Bible.
  • The most commonly cited top frustration when it comes to reading the Bible is not having enough time to use it (19%). Less than half as many cite language that is difficult to relate to (8%). Other frustrations mentioned include not knowing where to start (6%), not feeling excited to use it (6%), and a lack of understanding for the background or history of the Bible (4%).
  • Overall, 59% of Americans agree that the Bible has transformed their life, including 26% of adults who agree strongly. Roughly two in five adults (42%) say the Bible has not transformed their lives.
  • The use of a physical copy of the Bible remains strong at 91%. More than half of Bible users have also used the Internet on a computer to read Bible content (55%) or searched for Bible verses or Bible content on their phone (56%), and another 44% have downloaded or used a Bible app on their smartphone.
  • All Bible users, regardless of age, prefer a print version of the Bible. However, one in four Millennials (27%) and Gen X adults (26%) prefers to use their phone or tablet, compared to 9% of Boomers and 2% of Elders who prefer a hand-held electronic device.
  • Bible ownership corresponds with age: the older a person is, the more likely they are to own a Bible in a language they can understand. More than nine in 10 Elders (92%) own an understandable Bible, while 85% of Boomers, 82% of Gen X, and 75% of Millennial households do.

Download the full report from the American Bible Society website.  [more...]

A Tale of Two Sons
Published by: GemStone Media (2017)

"Fatmir, a pampered vineyard owner’s son, hopes to make a name for himself. Sponsoring a smooth-talking artist, he’s swindled and loses everything. Haunted by his brother’s words of failure, Fatmir is determined to prove him wrong. Yet things go from bad to worse. Destitute and hungry, rejected and without hope, will Fatmir find the courage and strength to return home?"

The Kingdom, based on a well-known story in the Scriptures, is an 82-minute film set in the vineyards of Kosovo and beaches of Montenegro. It has won 23 film festival awards and has been dubbed or subtitled in ten languages.

The film is free to download at thekingdomfilm.com.

There is a discussion guide to encourage conversations, asking questions on the themes of 'Finding Identity', 'What is life about?', 'Money, money, fun, fun' and 'The father's faithful heart'.  [more...]

Monday 10 June - Friday 9 August, 2019
Trinity Western University in Langley, near Vancouver
Sponsor: Canada Institute of Linguistics

The Canada Institute of Linguistics (CanIL) at Trinity Western University, BC, offers a seven-course Scripture Engagement training track leading to a Certificate in Scripture Engagement accepted by SIL and Wycliffe Bible Translators as preparation for cross-cultural service.

As a Scripture engagement worker, you assist Christian communities to strengthen the use of the local language by integrating Scripture into the local arts and culture, daily life and practice. You partner with local churches and community leaders to develop strategies for Scripture engagement, contextualizing its meaning through a variety of means including ethnomusicology, Bible storying, audio products, etc.

The 9-week, 3-credit hour (graduate or undergraduate) Scripture Engagement course is taught June 10 to August 9.

The program description and seven courses are listed at the last pull-down menu here:

https://www.canil.ca/academics/training-tracks/literacy-and-scripture/

These correspond to the SIL required course set here:

https://www.sil.org/training/scripture-engagement

For more information, please email Scripture Engagement instructor Michelle [dot] Petersenatcanil [dot] ca, or admissionsatcanil [dot] ca.  [more...]

An Introductory Guide
Published by: Mobile Ministry Forum (2018)

Social media can be a forum for engaging with the Scriptures, as well as being a place for promoting Scripture products and Scripture engagement resources.

The Mobile Ministry Forum (MMF) has assembled a guide that takes you through what you need to get caught up with social media. The 95-page guide, in PDF format, is a free resource and can be downloaded here.

It contains:

  • Stories and recommendations that help with those details that you usually have to learn from trial and error.
  • Power tips that summarize the material in the guide into easy to reference tasks.
  • Best ways to use social media like Facebook, Twitter, What’s App, and then how to determine if apps like SlideShare are a good fit for your ministry.
  • Arguments for whether or not you should pay to boost your social media reach and engagement.
  • Comprehensive coverage of security issues with social media.
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Organising a dedication event to celebrate the publication of a New Testament, Bible or other translated books
Author: Richard Margetts

Second edition (2018), in English and French.

"Lord, the moment we’ve been waiting for has arrived!
What we were longing for, our hands have touched!"

How do you celebrate the publication of a Bible book: a Bible, a New Testament or one of the Gospels? It is an opportunity to bring the community together to introduce the book to everyone, an opportunity to thank the Lord and dedicate the book to his service, an opportunity to celebrate the local language and culture, and an opportunity to start distributing the book and other materials in the language (the audio version, videos, literacy books, the smartphone app, etc.). It is also a good time to raise awareness and encourage people to commit to reading and listening regularly to God’s Word.

This 16-page document contains questions and tips to help you in your preparations. Sections include: Form an organising committee, Choose a good date, Choose the venue, Work out a budget and look for funds, Send out invitations, Print a special cloth or T-shirts, Publicise the event, Coordinate pre-sales of the books, Setting up the venue, Plan the meals, Reserve the accommodation, Organise transport, Plan the ceremony programme, Book sales, Audio-visual coverage, and Beyond the dedication.  [more...]