Do you love hearing a good story?  Jesus’ ability to connect a story to a person’s heart is one reason people flocked to hear his teaching. Would you like to use Bible stories to communicate the story of Jesus to others?  Then join us!

You can expect to:

  • Engage with God and be encouraged from God’s word
  • Develop new relationships within the body of Christ
  • Gain an understanding of oral Bible storying
  • Use Bible stories in an outreach setting
  • Acquire a new ministry skill in your “toolkit”
  • Explore how StoryRunners can partner with you
  • Meet with a StoryRunners staff to discuss how to implement Bible storying to achieve your ministry goals
  • Learn about the staff, intern, and volunteer opportunities that StoryRunners offers in direct field ministry and support roles

What?

This is a two-part intensive workshop. The first three days are focused on using stories in ministry (Orlando School of Storytelling). You then have the option to add on two more days to learn how to develop stories orally from a Biblical passage (Orlando School of Story Creation).

By attending the first half, you will:

  • Participate in a daily story group, where you hear a story, learn a story, and discuss a story in a small group setting.
  • Improve your skills as a storyteller.
  • Use stories in an outreach setting to transition to a spiritual conversation.
  • Tell a story in a “story festival,” during which a small audience hears a series of chronological Bible stories.

If you decide to attend all five days, you will additionally:

  • Learn to develop Bible stories from an audio Scripture, using a five-step method to ensure the stories are Biblically accurate, orally reproducible, naturally told, and appropriate to the culture.
  • Learn more about StoryRunners’ international ministry and opportunities to partner with us.

Who?

Christians interested in learning and using oral Bible storying in their sphere of ministry or in exploring opportunities to work/volunteer with StoryRunners. Past participants include missionaries, Sunday school leaders, church leaders, mission agency leaders, pastors, and youth ministry leaders, including people from the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe.

When?

  • March 2019:
    • Course 1 (Orlando School of Storytelling) Friday, March 22 – Sunday, March 24
    • Course 2 (Orlando School of Story Creation) Sunday, March 24 – Tuesday, March 26
      • Note: Course 1 is a prerequisite for Course 2
  • August 23-27, 2019

Check-in for both courses is Friday from 2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Course 1 begins 4:00 p.m. on Friday and ends at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. Course 2 begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday and ends 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Because this training is built around small working groups, and the absence of any participant negatively affects the small group as well as impacts the entire training group, you must be able to participate in the entire training course for which you register.

Where?

StoryRunners hosts the Orlando School of Storying at the Wycliffe Activity Center and at Lake Hart (Cru’s headquarters) in sunny Orlando, Florida.

Travel Info

Arrival: If you are flying, your flight should arrive at the Orlando International Airport (MCO) by 3:00 p.m.  If you are driving, you should arrive by 3:30 p.m. at the Wycliffe Apartments, located at 11408 Translation Way, Orlando, FL 32832.

Departure: Your flight should depart no earlier than 4:30 p.m.

Cost

This all-inclusive workshop package of training and coaching includes on-site lodging, meals (except one), and airport ground transfers.

If you attend Course 1, the price is $225. If you attend both courses, the price is $425. These prices are based on double occupancy. Contact us for a reduced commuter price.

Lodging

Two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments. A married couple has a master bed/bath suite. Other participants share a bathroom and a bedroom, but each person has a single bed.  Unmarried men and women do not share an apartment.

Apply Now

In order to provide a quality training experience for each individual, we accept only 18 people per session, and the sessions fill quickly, so apply now in order to secure your spot.

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Questions?

Find answers in the FAQs section below. Don’t find an answer to your question?  Ask us!

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the registration deadline?

Because our space is limited to only 18 participants, we don’t set a deadline. If the training is full when you register, we will place your name on a wait-list.

What about food allergies?

We will try to accommodate medically necessary dietary needs, but you may need to bring/purchase any special food items you might need. With advance notice, we will arrange a trip to the grocery store to purchase items that you need.

Is transportation provided from the airport?

We will transport you from the Orlando International Airport (MCO) to the conference center, as long as your flight arrives during normal business hours.

NOTE: We don’t provide shuttle transportation from Sanford airport.

Are children allowed?

Children are allowed only with prior permission from the OSOS leadership team.

What are the living accommodations like?

Accommodations are comparable to a vacation condo with a functional kitchen, bed and bath linens, iron and ironing board, and washer and dryer.  There are no toiletries or laundry supplies.

Participants are housed in 2 and 3-bedroom apartments, each with 2 full baths. Married couples are assigned the master bed/bath suite. Other participants share a bedroom and bathroom with a same-gender participant, with each individual having a twin bed. Each apartment houses same-gender participants, except if a married couple is in the master suite.

What is the dress code?

Dress is casual (shorts or jeans are acceptable) Friday-Monday. Tuesday you will need to dress business casual.

The temperature range in Orlando for March is mid-40s to mid-70s with medium humidity. The temperature for August is mid-80s to low-90s with high humidity.

What materials do I need to bring?

  • A light sweater/jacket if you get cold in air-conditioned rooms.
  • A travel coffee tumbler and a water bottle if you’d like.

Anything else I need to know?

  • There is a hot tub and an unheated swimming pool on the conference center grounds. If you’d like to swim during your free time, bring a swimsuit and your own towel.
  • Wifi is available in both the apartments and the meeting rooms.