Simply the Story Training Information
People who learn Simply The Story (STS) from any of the types of trainings we offer, Workshops, Oral Bible Schools and Practitioners Audio Training (which is an STS "preparation" training only) will gain skills for personal Bible study and for ministering to others.
Most people who gain the STS skills and information do not leave their ministries and areas of calling and "join" our ministry.
Rather, most people fold their new information and abilities into their existing work and into their personal marketplace of life.
Sometimes, those in ministry who learn the content and principles of STS come to the decision that many of their target people are oral learners. These leaders will see the value of revamping or of expanding their communication methods.
Truly, nearly all ministries benefit from incorporating more of the Socratic style of communication, i.e., the asking of questions and discussion.
Even when ministries become convinced of the wisdom of embracing oral strategies to reach their target people, a big challenge still exists. Whether printed or spoken, the training of oral learners needs to be done using oral methods. And to train using oral methods is yet another new undertaking!
Training of oral learners needs to be done using oral methods.
Most ministries struggle as much or more with this task than they did with the decision to adopt oral strategies.
Those who lead ministries and develop teaching material are usually highly educated and skilled in literate methods of communication. These leaders soon discover that it is one thing to decide to embrace oral strategies, but quite a different thing to have to create oral-learner friendly material and to train staff to communicate in the style used by oral learners.
On this site, and more so in our workshops, we offer assistance to leaders who are expanding their ministries to include oral strategy.
We are happy to show leaders how to develop oral material.
In workshops we provide the climate for literate learners to experince the way oral learners take in and retain information.
To date, we observe that much of the training done by ministries that support nationals working in regions low in literacy is not being done using oral methods.
We welcome dialog with ministry leaders who wish to investigate the suitability of their material for training oral learners.
Throughout this site we offer information on how to effectively prepare and share Bible stories for evangelism and discipleship. Check Resources for some free material and some tools at a cost. Do look into attending Workshops, and consider the place of Practitioners Audio Training and Oral Bible Schools might have in your ministry.
We have estimated that people incorporating the innovative methods contained in Simply The Story may be faced with well over thirty paradigm shifts in thinking. When people have learned how to preach and teach using literate methods, and they have taught others using those methods, they need to stretch a lot to add oral communication skills. This stretch can take awhile.
We specialize in training people to train others. Our system of apprenticeships, coupled with the applicants practicing their skills and doing homework, is geared to bring them to STS Certified Instructor status.
Do let us know how we can assist you in the incorporation of effective oral strategies.