In the mid-1980s Christian missionaries developed a renewed appreciation for the Grand Narrative of the Bible and with it the value of Bible storytelling in Christian ministry. Not surprisingly, these missionaries used Bible stories in different ways depending on their context and aims. Several missionaries working in the Philippines developed a distinctive method of using Bible stories in chronologically-arranged instruction.

They needed a name that would distinguish it from other uses of Bible storytelling. They chose the seldom-used term “storying” and created the name “Chronological Bible Storying.” In practice that cumbersome label was frequently shortened to “CBS” or “Bible storying” or simply “storying.” The context in which “storying” is used has to indicate whether “storying” is shorthand for Chronological Bible Storying or refers to a similar storytelling-based teaching method that is used with individual Bible stories.