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? 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
A five-day intensive workshop that uses small teams to teach you how to develop and use oral Bible stories. Over the course of the week you will:
- 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.
- Participate in a daily story group, where you hear a story, learn a story, and discuss a story in a small group setting.
- Lead a story group before the end of the week.
- 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.
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.
- Winter 2019: Sunday, March 24 – Friday, March 29
- Summer 2019: Sunday, August 18 – Friday, August 23
Check-in Sunday from 2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The Orlando School of Storying begins 4:00 p.m. Sunday and ends 2:45 p.m. Friday with an optional JESUS Film Recording Studio tour from 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. 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 week.
StoryRunners hosts the Orlando School of Storying at the Wycliffe Activity Center and at Lake Hart (Cru’s headquarters) in sunny Orlando, Florida.
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 5:00 p.m. If you want to take the JESUS Film Recording Studio Tour, your flight should depart at 6:00 p.m. or later.
This all-inclusive workshop package of training and coaching, on-site lodging, 5 breakfast, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, snacks, and airport ground transfers is $495 – $875 per person, depending upon your housing option. Commuter cost is $350 and includes workshop, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, and snacks. One lunch and one dinner are on your own.
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.
- 1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.: Airport pickups at Orlando International airport (MCO)
- 2:15 – 3:30 pm: Registration
- 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Workshop session with dinner
Monday – Thursday
- 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Workshop sessions with meals and breaks
- 9:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.: Workshop session with lunch
- 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.: Optional JESUS Film tour
- 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Airport transportation
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.
Find answers in the FAQs section below. Don’t find an answer to your question? Ask us!
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the application deadline?
Because we accept only 18 participants for each session, we don’t set a deadline. If we have already accepted 18 participants for the session you want to attend, we will give you priority acceptance to a future training.
What is the registration cost? How do I pay?
Registration is $495 – $875 per person, depending upon the housing option you choose on the application, for on-site participants. It includes the workshop, on-site lodging, meals, snacks, and airport ground transfers. Commuter cost of $350 includes the workshop, snacks, 4 lunches & 4 dinners. If you are accepted to the training, we will provide information about how to pay the registration fee.
Does registration cost include meals?
We provide meals (5 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 4 dinners), beverages, and snacks Sunday night-Friday lunch. One lunch and one dinner are on your own. We will try to accommodate medically necessary dietary needs, but you may need to bring/purchase any special food items you might need.
When should I arrive and leave?
The first session begins Sunday evening at 4:00 pm.
If you are commuting, arrive at Lake Hart (100 Lake Hart Dr, Orlando, FL) by 3:20 pm for registration.
If you are driving and staying at Wycliffe, arrive at Wycliffe 2:15p – 3:45p for registration. We’ll travel to Lake Hart together.
If you are flying, please fly into Orlando International Airport (MCO), arriving no later than 3:00 pm Sunday and departing no earlier than 5 pm Friday. If you want to participate in a Friday afternoon tour of the Jesus Film Recording Studio at Cru’s international headquarters, schedule your flight to depart 6 pm or later.
Is transportation provided from the airport?
We will transport you from the Orlando International Airport (MCO) to the conference center, 2:00 – 3:30 pm, on Sunday. Transportation to the airport begins at 3 pm on Friday. If you are approved to arrive/depart outside of the normal hours, and if you arrive between 11pm-6am or depart 1am-9am, you will need to arrange your own shuttle.
NOTE: We don’t provide shuttle transportation from Sanford airport.
Are children allowed?
Children are allowed only in unavoidable situations and with prior permission from the OSOS leadership team.
What are the living accommodations?
Housing is located in the Wycliffe apartments at 11413 Translation Way, Orlando, FL 32832. 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) except for Friday at Lake Hart (Cru’s headquarters), where jeans are OK, but not shorts. Thursday afternoon we will be on a college campus. The temperature range 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/tea tumbler and a water bottle.
- Laptop, cell phone, and/or whatever electronic device(s) you use for communication and to complete an online document.
Anything else I need to know?
- There is a hot tub and an unheated swimming pool on the conference center grounds, but you’ll have limited free time.
- Wifi is available in both the apartments and the meeting rooms.