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The Resources are in the Harvest

What would a map of those you’ve led to faith in Jesus look like? A believer in Texas shared this hand drawn “map” of those he had shared Christ with and who had passed it along. Those he witnessed to were in red and the second “generation” was in blue and so on. This all … Continue reading

What does success look like?

This week it was a joy to participate in a video conference with a godly church consultant. This leader has helped many churches and organizations shape their structure and effectiveness. He’s written a number of thought-provoking books, too. I had an encounter with this man about a year ago, but didn’t mention it when we … Continue reading

How will you get your church to start using orality?

It was a pleasure to introduce Bible Storying and key orality issues to more than 125 independent church pastors in Canada. In a Question & Answer time, I asked, “How will you begin to implement this in your church?” There was a chuckle in the room. It had me curious, but I waited for an … Continue reading

New Birth! Now What?

Praise God if your witness has helped someone surrender to Christ as their Lord and Savior. Now what? Give them a quarterly and plop them in a Sunday School class? Invite them to a one-hour lunch where you run down the ministries that could use their help? Provide a walkthrough so they know your church’s … Continue reading

Revolution Requirement #10 of 10: Free the captives

Revolutions bring freedom. As followers of Jesus, who would the Orality Revolution break from the bondage that holds them? In our Orality Revolution, there are believers who are slaves to disobedience since they are not making disciples. They are “bound” by life choices that do not align with Jesus’ Great Commission to “obey all things … Continue reading

Revolution Requirement #9 of 10: Get the attention of those who wield power

When I first heard about orality, it was couched in terms of how do to a more effective Bible study. I was introduced to New Tribes Mission’s “Ee-taow!” (It is true!) video that showed orality effectively evangelizing among tribal people in Papua New Guinea. It was very convincing. But it wasn’t until I began seeing … Continue reading

Revolution Requirement #8 of 10: Be responsible

What does “normal” look like to you? Same routine, same people, same ol’ same ol’ stuff in your life? The Orality Revolution may one day become the new norm, but as long as there are churches that are not in alignment with making disciple-makers, then the cause continues. Practicing churches must align with God in … Continue reading

Revolution Requirement #7 of 10: Take Intentional Action!

Start the revolution among those whom you serve. And. Keep. Going. Every participant in the Orality Revolution must be a storying practitioner. They must be making disciples who can multiply themselves. Ideally, they lead their own church to multiply themselves among the lost. The leader or leaders that you know must do the best they … Continue reading

Revolution Requirement #6 of 10: Empower Leaders

Revolutions bring out the best in those with leadership skills. And a true revolution buys into the idea rather than personalities. But cutting leaders loose with the authority to act is essential. Establish a working strategy that everyone buys into–training, approach, etc. Seek out networks of disciple-makers who are willing to be trained in orality … Continue reading

Revolution Requirement: #5 of 10: Add Value

A Minister of Education pointed to a trashcan with unused leader guides, student quarterlies, and other adult discipleship training “stuff.” He said, “I get so tired of over half of our materials not being used. Isn’t there a better way?” Church leaders, like that Minister of Education, will be attracted to check out the Orality Revolution simply … Continue reading