Effective storytelling in Church settings

Effective storytelling is a fine and beautiful art. A well-developed and presented story can cut across age barriers and hold the interest and reach those who know little of Christian teaching. Our Lord was a master-storyteller as the Parables well testify. This page concerns improving the use of storytelling in Church contexts.

I became involved doing VBS story-telling, started thinking about our methods and did some further study on storytelling as an art. I discovered that when our style of storytelling was at its best, it was because we had maintained some of the basic principles of storytelling, and when we flopped, often we had failed to follow one of these principles. Knowing and applying these basics will strengthen your lessons and Bible stories. On the following pages are concepts, ideas and hints to aid you in effective storytelling whether in Bible classes. Vacation Bible School, or any other Bible teaching situation.

[Note: These Pages were written in 1985 and are in process of revision.]

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