Reconnecting God's Story to Ministry
We often think stories are for children. But using the Bible as evidence, we see that God communicated His truth to men and women of all cultures, time, and places by way of many small stories forming one large story....
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We often think stories are for children. But using the Bible as evidence, we see that God communicated His truth to men and women of all cultures, time, and places by way of many small stories forming one large story. While possessing a rich heritage of storytelling, too many evangelicals have forfeited this vital skill. Tom Steffen's aim is to help readers recapture the most natural, universal, and effective means of evangelism-discipleship that exists—storytelling. This book is not just theory—it provides practical help by identifying the roles and tasks that are necessary to become an effective storyteller in another culture. Steffen offers creative tools and introduces practical ways to increase many of the storytelling skills for evangelism-discipleship. He moves us beyond linear gospel outlines, Western logic and organization, and individual responses to traditional evangelism rituals, to a mode of communication that respects the audience, making it easy for them to grasp what they have heard and to pass it on to others with minimal loss of content. By reconnecting storytelling to ministry, readers will be more comfortable in sharing the gospel, both at home and abroad.
Tom Steffen (D.Miss., Biola University) is professor of intercultural studies at Biola University and director of the doctor of missiology program. Dr. Steffen served 20 years with New Tribes Mission, 15 of those in the Philippines. He is the author of a number of missionary texts including Great Commission Companies: The Emerging Role of Business in Missions; Reconnecting God's Story to Ministry: Cross-cultural Storytelling at Home and Abroad; Encountering Missionary Life and Work: Preparing for Intercultural Ministry and Passing the Baton: Church Planting that Empowers.