Getting to know the Orlando School of Storying

Getting to know the Orlando School of Storying.

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Over a billion people live in Unreached People Groups that do not have an opportunity to hear the Gospel. Sometimes it’s because they do not have a translation of the Bible in their language.  However, many other times, it’s because they oral learners.  “Orality” transcends “literacy” because oral learners (even those that can read) teach and understand their cultural values and beliefs by telling stories to each other. Bible storytelling gives them the context they need to teach and understand the Gospel.

Key leaders: Dale and Beth Smith

Watch this 2 minute video about the overall vision of Campus Crusade for Christ in fulfilling the Great Commission in our generation.

Then watch this 3 minute video to get a better idea of how we fit into this overall vision.  Our ministry is called StoryRunners and we are part of the Campus Crusade for Christ family.  At StoryRunners, we focus on unreached people groups (UPG) that have little or no access to the Gospel.  In this video, you will see a clip of Dale training national missionaries in West Africa to use Bible storying for evangelism and church planting.

Listen to this 3 minute audio file of Dale telling a Bible story naturally, but accurately. This story of creation is the first in a chronological story set taught to and used by nationals for evangelism and discipleship. Nationals are also taught to select, craft, and tell Bible stories in the proper context for their culture.

Visit the StoryRunners website to learn more about UPG’s.

At StoryRunners, we coach Christians living in or near an Unreached People Group (UPG) to start and lead weekly Bible story groups in that UPG.  We do this in a five week School of Storying (SOS)  inside the focus country by leading those Christians that speak the language to produce an audio recording of 42 chronological Bible stories from Creation to the Return of Christ.  Our unique process successfully produces Bible stories that are Biblically accurate, orally reproducible, naturally told, and  appropriate to the focus audience.  Just as important, our process teaches those Christians to use those stories effectively in ministry for evangelism, discipleship, church planting and leadership training.  SOS graduates use the stories to start and lead weekly Bible story groups that can multiply into more story groups resulting in exponential church growth.  Some of the graduates are able to help us lead the SOS for other languages.  We are giving them the 42 Bible stories so they can catch people without our help.

Ask about joining us for some or all of a SOS in Orlando or overseas.  There are many different ways you and your friends can get involved even without attending a SOS.  Invite them and us over for coffee and we will tell you how! 

Some links:

Storyrunner video and how they work  (3 min)

An example of Bible story telling  (5 min)

The website for storyrunners

Orlando School of Storying

StoryRunners’ Orlando School of Storying is 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 using a six-step method to ensure the stories are biblically accurate, orally reproducible, naturally told, and appropriate to the culture.
  • Participate in and later lead Story Fellowship Groups, where you hear a story, learn a story, and discuss a story in a small group setting.


StoryRunners’ School of Storying is open to Christians interested in learning and using oral Bible Storying in their sphere of ministry or with us.  Past participants include missionaries, Sunday School leaders, church leaders, mission agency leaders, pastors, youth ministry leaders, including people from the U.S., Benin, England, India, Jordan, Trinidad, and other countries.

When?  FALL 2014 –  Sunday, September 28  to Friday, October 3. Check-in Sunday from 2pm-5pm.  End Friday at 2pm.

SPRING 2015 – Sunday, March 15 to Friday, March 20. Check-in Sunday from 2pm-5pm.  End Friday at 2pm.

The School of Storying begins 5pm Sunday and ends 2pm Friday with an optional JESUS Film Recording Studio tour until 3:30pm.

Where? StoryRunners hosts the School of Storying in Orlando, Florida at the headquarters of Wycliffe Bible Translators located at 11221 John Wycliffe Blvd., Orlando, FL 32832.

Cost. This all-inclusive package of training, on-site lodging, meals, and airport ground transfers is $495 per person.

Lodging. The School of Storying provides three bedroom apartments with two full baths located at Wycliffe’s USA headquarters.  Married couples will have a master bed/bath suite.  Other participants will each have their own twin-sized bed and may share a bedroom with another same gender participant. Same gender trainees will be in each apartment except for a married couple that may be in the master suite.


Sunday  1:30pm – 5pm   Airport pickups at Orlando International airport (MCO) and check-in

5pm – 9:00pm   Dinner and School of Storying introduction

Monday through Thursday

9am to 9pm – School of Storying sessions with meals and other brief breaks between sessions

Friday, March 28. 9:00am – 2:00pm – School of Storying workshop

2:00pm – 3:00pm   Optional JESUS Film tour

2:00pm – 5:00pm   Airport transportation

Questions? Contact us at and we’d be happy to answer any questions you might have about attending the School!

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