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Preparing and presenting Bible stories for evangelism, discipleship, training and ministry
Author: J. O. Terry
Published by: Church Starting Network, 2008
Bible Storying is the intentional and uninterrupted sharing of God's Word primarily as stories. These stories are usually supplemented with culturally appropriate learning exercises that are listener sensitive. The stories may be told as part of a strategy of telling many stories leading to an invitation to believe, or may be only a few stories during an evangelistic encounter or a ministry opportunity.
This book is a manual for those wanting to get into Bible storying, including chapters on topics like: rationale for Bible storying, considering worldview, choosing Bible stories, crafting Bible stories for telling, pre-story dialog time, post-story dialog time.
The author describes the many options for presenting a Bible story and describes a model storying session. [more...]
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Biblical Education & Leadership Training
One of the primary benefits of BELT is that it provides an intensive experience in local language Scripture use, where reading, teaching and understanding the translated Scriptures is modeled and given high value.
The mission of BELT, a ministry of YWAM, is to partner with mission organizations (primarily Wycliffe Bible Translators) and indigenous churches to develop leaders through culturally relevant Bible training that teaches them to apply the Scriptures to every area of life and equips them to teach and influence others. [more...]
Author: Hanni Gruenig
How can we start women reading their Bibles when they have never done it before?
Many women in Africa do not realize that the Bible has answers to their daily life questions. Hanni Gruenig describes how she used a course of Bible studies to address relevant issues for the women who had completed the literacy course. She describes its impact on some of them. [more...]
Child Evangelism Fellowship® is a Bible-centered, worldwide organization composed of born-again believers whose purpose is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, disciple them in the Word of God and establish them in a Bible believing church for Christian living.
Follow-up series for the Jesus film
Following Jesus is a video-based discipleship series used to ground new believers in their faith. Using dramatized storytelling techniques and incorporating clips from the JESUS ﬁlm, unique versions of Following Jesus teach biblical principles and demonstrate how to live as a follower of Christ in a new believer's heart culture.
The JESUS film Project has produced two distinct series for Africa and for South Asia.
"Walking with Jesus (Africa)" addresses the foundational biblical truths that can help new believers grow in their faith, such as assurance, confession, and how to be filled with the Spirit. But it also addresses uniquely African subjects like spiritual warfare and African religions — all chosen by African leaders from across the continent.
A church-based literacy program for Ghana
Author: Pat Herbert
The pastor will find that not only can his congregation read the Scriptures in their own language, but they will show a greater depth of understanding God’s Word and show growth in their Christian lives.
Community literacy projects have been running in Ghana since the 1970s. Pastors, however, were not using the mother-tongue Scriptures in their churches. To address this problem, Pat Herbert describes how they developed Scripture Guides to accompany literacy primers. The program is now known as Literacy for Life (LFL). The article includes a sample of a Scripture Guide lesson, and discusses various issues, including training of teachers to use the materials, making it a church-based program, and funding for the primers and Scripture Guides. It compares the normal literacy programs to the LFL program and describes the impact the program has had. [more...]
Resources for Bible study and Bible memory
Downloadable resources, books and study guides for Bible study and Bible memory (the Topical Memory System).
Navigators invest their lives in people, coming alongside them one to one to study the Bible, develop a deepening prayer life, and memorize and apply Scripture.
An interdenominational, nonprofit organization, The Navigators is dedicated to helping people navigate spiritually, to know Christ and to make Him known as they look to Him and His Word to chart their lives.
A Case Study in the Role of the Translation Organization
Author: John L Ommani
When the Bible remains silent about certain cultural features, the Church... should assist the Christians to think through their traditions by digging deeper.
In the Tharaka society of Kenya, female circumcision has held a prominent place. In recent years Christian Tharaka people have questioned whether the rite should continue. The Bible Translation and Literacy agency has had a part in helping the society look at this rite from a biblical perspective. This article chronicles the history of the rite, including both its positive elements and problems, and some alternatives are presented. [more...]
Get the Big Picture
Supported by the British and Foreign Bible Society.
From the Bible Course website:
The Bible Course was developed to make the Bible as accessible as possible. It provides answers to many common questions, and equips people with the tools and skills they need to read the Bible for themselves. Broken into eight sessions of DVD teaching and small group discussion, it’s an interactive journey through the whole Bible story.
Aims of the course
- Get the big picture so the pieces of the jigsaw fall into place.
- Get teaching about skills and tools to interpret the Bible.
- Get together to help each other read and apply the Bible to life.
The course contains
- An interactive journey through the whole Bible story.
- 8 sessions of DVD teaching and small group discussion.
- Course manual – 150 pages packed with notes, quotes and visuals to accompany the DVD teaching.
Who is the course for?
- The course works for seekers, new Christians and mature Christians.
- It can be run in large settings, small groups or 1-2-1 coaching.
Viability, reproducibility, and long term results
Author: Gregory Fisher
"We wanted the research to address fairly both the positive impact and the challenges facing the FCBH program... This research took a brutally honest look at our own program, and found factual evidence to support our contention that audio scriptures are a valuable tool for use in making disciples in oral cultures."
Greg Fisher is the Regional Manager for Africa for Hosanna/Faith Comes By Hearing. In this 43-page ebook, he describes the methodology and results of a recent research project looking into the FCBH listening group programmes in Africa.
He asks: "What use had the end user made of the FCBH program? We knew what had been introduced into the field through our trainers, but, how had the program actually been used? In what interesting ways was it contextualized in different areas of Africa? What long term impacts would the end users of the program report to our researchers? We knew the long term impacts we hoped to see; however, we wanted to know the impacts the end user reported to help us to measure impacts hoped for against actual impacts seen."
The ebook is available as a download from Smashwords. [more...]