What's the deal with orality?
An estimated 90% of the world’s Christian workers presenting the gospel use highly literate communication styles**. Yet if you were to hand an oral learner a Bible in their heart language, it wouldn’t best speak to their heart either because a) they cannot read or b) they don’t best learn by reading. Oral cultures are not print-oriented and do not respond well to forms of witnessing, discipling, teaching and preaching that are based on print***. As the ones bringing the message of the gospel, it is the church’s responsibility to communicate the good news in a way that resonates with the hearts of their audience.
Oral learners find it easier to pass along their faith if they have heard the gospel in a way that fits their normal style of communication****. To reach oral learners with Scripture, we must communicate biblical truth with them in a way that speaks to their hearts: oral Bible storytelling. Oral Bible stories communicate the Word of God to oral learners in a way that is relational, concrete and memorable.
StoryRunners reaches oral learners by equipping people to develop oral Bible stories in order to launch church planting movements among unreached people who don’t have access to the Bible.
** Making Disciples of Oral Learners: Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization and
International Orality Network, 2005. Page 3.
*** The Extent of Orality: 2012 Update by Grant Lovejoy; Orality Journal, Volume 1, Number 1, 2012. Page 11
**** The Extent of Orality: 2012 Update by Grant Lovejoy; Orality Journal, Volume 1, Number 1, 2012. Page 30