Chronological Bible Storying Returns to OBU

For the second consecutive year, Oklahoma Baptists will be able to learn about an emerging global missions approach from one of the world’s foremost mission strategists in a seminar at Oklahoma Baptist University.

“Chronological Bible Storying conveys the gospel message to the 60 percent of the world that cannot or will not read,” said Dr. Avery Willis, retired senior vice president for overseas operations for Southern Baptists’ International Mission Board.

Willis will lead a class on Chronological Bible Storying Oct. 12-14, in OBU’s Montgomery Hall Room 212. On Oct. 12 and 13, the class will meet from 6-9 p.m., and on Saturday, Oct. 14, the class will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The seminar is coordinated by OBU’s Avery T. Willis Global Outreach Center.

CBS is described as “a method of presentation that tells selected biblical stories in chronological order in the power of the Holy Spirit so as to bring people to genuine faith in Christ, mature discipleship and fruitful Christian service.”

“Though it is hard from some of us to understand, many people in the world are unable to read a Bible,” Willis said. “Therefore, a verbal approach to discipleship is necessary. Chronological Bible Storying is that effective, relevant approach.”

Willis is executive director of the International Orality Network, a partnership of major missions organizations committed to using oral strategies such as CBS as a means of evangelizing and discipling functionally illiterate people.

Established in the spring of 2005, the Avery T. Willis Global Outreach Center coordinates academic programs and international missions efforts for OBU students. The center also serves as a resource for Oklahoma Baptist churches.

The cost for the seminar is $25 per person. To register, contact Janet Burns at (405) 878-2229 or