What is Orality?
“Orality” refers to reliance upon the spoken, rather than written, word for communication. Orality is an ancient phenomenon that continues to the present. Before writing was developed, ethnic groups passed along their cultural traditions, including their history, identity, and “Orality” refers to reliance upon the spoken, rather than written, word for communication.
Intentional Strategy | Used for a Reason
The grand narrative underlies Christian theology, Biblical discipleship is reproducing discipleship. Oral methods of discipleship empower every Christian, and oral methods of discipling survive persecution
PEOPLE NEED THE GOSPEL
Everyone needs an understandable presentation of the good news that Jesus saves. For many people that understandable form is an oral form.
MANY LANGUAGES DON’T HAVE CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURE
Only about 10% of the world’s languages have a complete Bible; oral Bible stories can help fill that gap while Bible translation continues.
EVEN IF TRANSLATIONS ARE FINISHED, MANY CAN’T READ IT
An estimated 80% of the world’s population does not read well enough to understand the Bible, even if they have one in their language.
ORAL METHODS ARE EFFECTIVE
Cultures have used story, song, poetry, ceremonies, apprenticeships, recitation, etc. to transmit their culture for generations.
God is the ultimate solution, of course. As a loving father, God delights to include his children in the things he does.
“We are laborers together with God,” the Bible says. Followers of Jesus are called “ambassadors for Christ,” representing him and even speaking on his behalf (2 Cor. 5:20). As ambassadors we are responsible to seek the best ways to communicate his greatness and his message to each culture, including oral cultures. We honor him by discovering how to present his message and win others’ loyalty to him. We pray that as a result of our efforts, Christians from those cultures also become his ambassadors, using methods that will be honorable and effective wherever they go in Jesus’ name.
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Start by understanding different strategies that are being used around the world.
Discover resources that can help you communicate to particular people groups and their cultural worldview using different orality strategies.
Take some time to pray for orality-related projects around the world. You can also find training events and seminary courses related to orality. And, if you so choose, donate to one of the many orality and scripture-related projects happening globally.