About the conference:


According to the International Orality Network and the Lausanne Movement, approximately 5.7 billion people in the world are oral preference learners and communicators. More than half are among unreached people groups around the world. Additionally, dynamics related to globalization and rapid urbanization have resulted in global population shifts that continue to bring a more diverse array of oral preference learners together in population centers around the world. Thus, orality is a critical issue for God’s mission today that has implications for the church world-wide as it seeks to make God’s Word available in the heart languages of all people, responsive to the cultural and experiential contexts of all people, and accessible through using communication methodologies from which oral preference learners readily communicate.

Join us on March 6 & 7 for Tell Me A Story: Orality, Storying, & God’s Mission, a conference to equip God’s people to understand orality, grapple with its importance for God’s mission today, and develop skills for making use of oral methodologies in evangelism, discipleship, and leadership development. Experts from StoryRunners will be teaching us the basics of Bible storying. And local practitioners will provide workshops for context specific issues. All are welcome!

About the speakers:


Founded by Cru in 2003, StoryRunners exists to equip the world’s 7,000 unreached people groups to produce and use oral Bible stories to launch communities of multiplying disciples. StoryRunners are passionate about seeing followers of Christ in every unreached oral people group, equipping believers everywhere in evangelism, discipleship, and church planting.

In addition to staff from StoryRunners, local practitioners from Covenant Seminary and other churches and ministries in the Saint Louis area will facilitate a variety of workshops to help equip participants to utilize storying methodologies in different ministry contexts.

Conference details:

Conference Host:
The City Ministry Initiative

March 6 & 7, 2020

Rayburn Chapel at Covenant Theological Seminary

$10 per person

Pre-conference: Friday 10am (chapel)
Main Conference: Friday 7–9pm; Saturday 9am–3:30pm

Registration begins Friday night at 6:30.
Light breakfast served 8:30–9am Saturday.
Lunch provided on Saturday.

Experts from StoryRunners, a ministry of Cru.
Other local ministry practitioners from Covenant Seminary and the Saint Louis area.

Full Schedule:


Friday, March 6

10 a.m. – Chapel Presentation

11 a.m. – Foundations of Apologetics and Outreach Class – All are welcome to sit in as two StoryRunners staff engage the topic of unreached people groups. Takes place in Rayburn Chapel.

2 – 5 p.m. – StoryRunners staff available in Community Center to talk with students about global missions to unreached people groups and oral methods for Bible discipleship.

6:30 p.m. – Registration/Check-in

7 – 9 p.m. – Plenary Sessions

Saturday, March 7

8:30 – 9 a.m. – Registration/Check-in and Light Breakfast

9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Plenary and Breakout Sessions (more details to come) / Lunch provided.