Mark Snowden, Evangelism and Discipleship Strategist for the 1900 + churches of the Missouri Baptist Convention, is to lead breakout sessions of the very strategic International Orality Network (ION) Conference in the Doubletree Hotel in St. Louis, MO September 16 -18, 2013. (If you are reading this after this date, the Annual ION Conference is to occur each year until Jesus Christ returns.) To learn more, including how you can attend all of it … or one day of it … see www.orality.net.
Mark Snowden’s many credits include co-authoring with the late Dr. Avery Willis (founder of ION) Truth that Sticks, an important work focusing on the importance of Bible Storying as a means of completing the “Great Commission” of Jesus (Matthew 28:19, 20). The Conference and Truth that Sticks are Important because of the reality that the majority of the world’s population are oral or oral preference learners … and that virtually all the world, oral and literate (readers), respond best to truths contained in effective stories.
Other radio conversation on www.haroldhendrick.com provide more good information about the International Orality Network, such as with …
· Samuel Chiang of Hong Kong, ION’s Executive Director (and successor to Dr. Avery Willis – click on http://haroldhendrick.com/content/view/435/5/ ; and
· http://haroldhendrick.com/content/view/426/5/ , then scroll down), and
· ION’s USA Coordinator Rick Brekelbaum (click on http://haroldhendrick.com/content/view/419/5/ , then scroll down).
Several brief radio conversations with Dr. Avery Willis are available for anytime listening by going to the lower left of the website’s home page and doing a “search” for “Avery Willis,” then scrolling down.
This concluding thought: some outstanding Godly men and women, highly literate readers and scholars, in their humility realize that if the “Great Commission” of Jesus is to be completed, we must do it differently than in the literate manner, for the world’s majority … billions of people … are oral or oral preference learners. This reality makes the concepts emphasized by the International Orality Network (www.ion.net) – such as Bible Storying – so very valuable and strategic in taking the good news of Jesus Christ to all the world.