Jerry Wiles on Digital Orality: New Signs of Spiritual Opportunities

An Online (OT4T) Orality Training for Trainers

In 1983, in Pasadena, California, I was introduced for the first time to the concept of Orality and Oral Communication of the Scriptures.  It was an eye opener for me regarding various methods of learning and communicating the Word of God.  Specifically, for me, it was a different way of thinking about sharing the Gospel and making disciples.  Digital Orality is about combining modern technological resources with the most ancient forms of communicating and learning.  Orality-based methods and strategies are the most effective ways people have learned and communicated from the beginning of time.  We now know that the principles and concepts of orality are also the most effective ways of changing behavior.  (More than 70% of the world’s population are Oral Learners, by necessity or by preference.)

Principles of Orality

Almost everyone uses forms or principles of orality, whether or not they are recognized or identified as such.  Experiential education, action learning, guided discovery models, narrative methods, storytelling and many other oral art forms are a part of the orality domain.  Not only oral art forms, but also visual, various other performing and relational arts are all learning and communication strategies that have been around for many centuries.  The digital domain makes it possible to extend the reach of the gospel in ways that were not possible a few decades ago.  We often refer to the tools of the age, and the tools of the ages, that are vital in reaching every person and making disciples among all people groups. Furthermore, as the orality movement has continued to grow and develop, we have discovered additional applications.  Some of these are hygiene promotion, public health, and community development.  Others include things like agriculture, cooking and nutrition programs, even engineering ministries.

Advancing the Kingdom

Sometimes it is a matter of preference, but with the current global pandemic, it’s necessary to rely more on modern digital technology for communicating and training for advancing the Kingdom.  When we think of the unlimited and creative work of the Holy Spirit, we can have confidence that His Kingdom is marching on.  We can look forward to the day when the knowledge of the glory of God will cover the earth, as the water covers the sea, according to Habakkuk 2:14.

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SOURCE: Assist News