Making Disciples of Oral Learners: Truth That Sticks
Avery Willis, Executive Director, International Orality Network
The missions world faces a critical barrier to fulfilling its mission. More than four billion people in the world are functionally illiterate while most missionaries and nationals use literate means and thinking to reach them. Almost half of the American population is below the proficient reading level. Millennials can read but many don’t want to. We must learn to utilize oral strategies to reach and disciple them.
This webinar offers missionaries and development practitioners a practical proven approach to make truth stick and to make disciples of oral learners. It explains the situation and how practitioners are solving it all over the world, including the United States. The orality movement, winner of the first Innovation in Mission award Sept. 22, 2009, has development of a vast array of resources and links being used by more than one hundred of the most significant mission agencies.
The presenter will discuss the scope of the problem Why oral strategies work. Key principles for making disciples of oral learners, how oral strategies address worldview issues, practical methods to use with oral learners, cutting edge examples
Avery T. Willis, Jr. is executive director of the International Orality Network. He served in Indonesia as a church planter, president of the Indonesian Baptist Theological Seminary, and ten years as the Senior Vice President of Overseas Operations of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. He has written over twenty books including Master Life that has been translated into 52 languages and used in more than 100 countries. His latest book is Learning to Soar: How to Grow through Transitions and Trials (NavPress, 2009) and he has just completed a book dealing with the subject of this seminar, Truth That Sticks: Velcro Truth in a Teflon World (NavPress, August 1010).