Missions Festival to Focus on Storytelling and Oral Learning

Missions Festival to Focus on Storytelling and Oral Learning

October 11, 2007

The annual Missions Festival at Sioux Falls Seminary, which will focus on the art of storytelling and oral learning, will take place on October 27-November 1, 2007. John Walsh, nationally-known, professional storyteller will be the Festival's featured speaker.

Festival events include a one-day seminar on the art of storytelling, a banquet, an expert panel on oral learning, and worship services in narrative preaching style (to be held at Central Baptist Church in Sioux Falls).

The one-day seminar led by John Walsh will take place on Saturday, October 27, 2007, at Central Baptist Church. It will focus on the art of storytelling and Biblical storytelling. It is free and open to the public and includes lunch. A reservation is required and a free will offering (with a suggested donation of $10) will be taken.

The banquet, to be held at Sioux Falls Seminary, will also feature Walsh as well as guest missionaries from the North American Baptist Conference. It will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 29. The banquet is also free and open to the public. Advance reservations are required and a free will offering (with suggested donation of $10/person) will also be taken. To reserve your space at the one-day seminar or the banquet, contact Pat by calling 605.274.2750 by October 19.

The entire Missions Festival is free and open to the public, with required reservations for the seminar and banquet. For a full Missions Festival schedule, visit the events section.

About the Speaker
John Walsh has delighted audiences across America and several other countries with his storytelling skills. His homespun humor and open style is captivating. Walsh�s stories speak to the heart and are unforgettable. Those who choose to attend his one-day seminar will greatly enhance how he/she communicates. Walsh is the author of "The Art of Storytelling" and the president of the Christian Storytelling Network, International Learning Solutions, and Northland's Storytelling Network.

Who are Oral Learners and Why is it Important?
Oral learners are those who learn best and whose lives are most likely to be transformed when instruction comes in oral forms. Oral forms often include story, drama, dance, music, proverbs, poetry, ceremonies, and rites of passage. In contemporary culture, oral learners also prefer DVD's, mp3's, CD's, and more. The study of oral learning is important in order to effectively reach those who learn best by hearing, seeing, participating, and using other senses rather than learning just by reading. Upcoming generations and individuals living in societies where the technologies of literacy (especially reading and writing) are unfamiliar are prime examples of individuals who learn best through oral traditions. Mission Festival attendees will participate in drama, be involved in a story, and learn how to apply oral learning to their homes, churches, families, communities, and mission fields.