Training Course

Learn to communicate God’s Word to oral-preference cultures
Monday 5 - Friday 9 November, 2018
Redcliffe College, Gloucester, UK
Sponsor: Redcliffe College, Wycliffe Bible Translators, SIL

The art of storytelling has far from died out, and the need for good biblical storytellers is as strong as ever in a world of oral cultures, postliterate societies and oral-preference learners.

If you are interested in story crafting, or are serving or planning to serve with a culture who either have no Scriptures, or prefer audio and visual ways of learning, then the Chronological Bible Storying course will give you the tools you need to be effective.

This course will equip you to help others engage with Scripture in a deep, relational way as you deliver the biblical narrative through the art of storytelling.

This unique course features no texts, no handouts, and no written aids. The intense 5-day course is entirely oral and participatory, and it is essential that you are able to attend each day.

Chronological Bible Storying will help you to:

  • help others learn and internalise the story
  • lead a discussion about the spiritual application of the story
  • begin storycrafting with a Bibleless language group, or people who have access to Scriptures but need help engaging with them

The dates for this course are 5-9 November 2018 (with an
optional pre-course social time together on the evening of 4
November). The tuition fees are £250 per student.

For more details on the course and booking information see Redcliffe's website.

Redcliffe’s Bible Storying course is delivered by the Centre for Linguistics, Translation and Literacy, a partnership with Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL International.  [more...]

Monday 10 June - Friday 9 August, 2019
Trinity Western University in Langley, near Vancouver
Sponsor: Canada Institute of Linguistics

The Canada Institute of Linguistics (CanIL) at Trinity Western University, BC, offers a seven-course Scripture Engagement training track leading to a Certificate in Scripture Engagement accepted by SIL and Wycliffe Bible Translators as preparation for cross-cultural service.

As a Scripture engagement worker, you assist Christian communities to strengthen the use of the local language by integrating Scripture into the local arts and culture, daily life and practice. You partner with local churches and community leaders to develop strategies for Scripture engagement, contextualizing its meaning through a variety of means including ethnomusicology, Bible storying, audio products, etc.

The 9-week, 3-credit hour (graduate or undergraduate) Scripture Engagement course is taught June 10 to August 9.

The program description and seven courses are listed at the last pull-down menu here:

https://www.canil.ca/academics/training-tracks/literacy-and-scripture/

These correspond to the SIL required course set here:

https://www.sil.org/training/scripture-engagement

For more information, please email Scripture Engagement instructor Michelle [dot] Petersenatcanil [dot] ca, or admissionsatcanil [dot] ca.  [more...]

Friday 16 August - Friday 13 December, 2013
Online course
Sponsor: Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics

The Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL) now offers an online version of its popular Scripture Engagement Strategy and Methods course (AA5355).

This graduate level course is taught by Scripture Engagement pioneer, Dr. Wayne Dye with Tim & Lynley Hatcher serving as assistant teachers. Those taking this course learn to understand the following:

  • factors affecting Scripture engagement including – partnership, sociolinguistics, translation, anthropology, missiology, digital/non-digital distribution, orality, ethnic arts, and alternative media, and more;
  • analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of an active Bible translation program;
  • selecting and planning the most appropriate methods for individual contexts.

The online version is the same content as the January four-week face-to-face course, LD5355 Scripture Engagement Strategy and Methods.

August 16 - December 13, 2013 – twelve weeks (one week break, November 19-23); twelve total hours per week.

Find out more about admissions at: http://www.gial.edu/admissions/gateway-admission
Cost ~$1400 credit / $700 audit

Course materials are all accessible online. For those with limited connectivity, course materials can be mailed or hand delivered in advance of the course. Thus, anyone can participate.

Within this interactive course, participants will need weekly internet access. We can accommodate those with only email access. Participants must be able to send and receive text file email attachments in order to interact meaningfully with instructors and fellow students.  [more...]

Redcliffe College, Gloucester, UK

The MA in Contemporary Missiology with Redcliffe College is designed to give a firm understanding of mission approaches and issues.

All students take two compulsory modules which:

  • explore approaches to the concept of missio Dei (God’s mission in the world) and holistic mission, and give a thorough orientation on skills for postgraduate missiological research and study.
  • focus on a number of crucial issues that demand attention as we participate in God’s mission in the contemporary world.

In addition, it is possible to take the Scripture Engagement stream which includes the following two modules:

Scripture Engagement: Approaches and Issues
The Bible is sometimes described as a ‘tool’ of mission. This module will enable you to explore and evaluate a number of approaches for and issues in Scripture Engagement in different cultural contexts, both in the 'West' and in the majority world.

Scripture Engagement: Professional Project
The module will provide you with the opportunity to undertake an approved project of independent study relating to a specific area of Scripture Engagement professional practice.  [more...]

Lynchburg, Virginia, USA
Sponsor: Dept. of Worship & Music Studies, Liberty University

Liberty University Online’s Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology challenges the notion that music is a universal language. It teaches that music systems vary from culture to culture just like languages. Gaining a basic understanding of a culture’s music can be vital to gaining access to its people.

The M.A. in Ethnomusicology through Liberty Online offers an innovative education in world music for students seeking careers in cross-cultural environments. Each course provides students with knowledge of the basic principles of ethnomusicology and the role of an ethnomusicologist.  [more...]

Dallas International University, Texas, USA
Sponsor: Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics

The MA with Major in Language and Culture Studies, concentration Scripture Engagement, includes two courses that focus on Scripture engagement, plus other supporting courses. Many students take these courses as individual courses.

SCRIPTURE ENGAGEMENT STRATEGY AND METHODS covers eight aspects of any situation, eight "conditions" that affect Scripture access and engagement everywhere in the world. We go through how each one affects SE and what can be done when that condition is a problem. There is lots of assigned reading and each student consults with someone working in a current Bible translation project.

CURRENT ISSUES IN SCRIPTURE ENGAGEMENT goes deeper on some of these issues and takes up others as well. It varies slightly each time so as to be maximally beneficial to the students that year and to cover the current live issues.

Like other Dallas International University (DIU) courses, you need to have a college degree or non-US equivalent, or for up to two courses be a junior level or higher undergraduate. See the DIU website for more details.

Graduates of this degree program will be qualified to serve in specialist cross-cultural roles. In particular, SIL International will recognize graduates with this concentration as having completed the minimum academic training requirements to serve with that organization in the specialist role of Scripture Use specialist.  [more...]

Dallas International University, Texas, USA
Sponsor: Center for Excellence in World Arts

The MA with a major in World Arts prepares students to work cross-culturally alongside singers, musicians, actors, dancers, storytellers, and visual artists, researching the arts of their community. Using these insights, the student will be able to spark artistic creations with artists to respond to their community’s needs in community development, health education, justice issues, language and arts preservation, literacy, Scripture engagement and translation, worship expressions, and other areas.

This program will be of interest to people with artistic skills and sensibilities, curiosity about culture, a commitment to serious research, and a drive to see others create. Depending on prior background and training, as well as the specialization and application courses chosen, graduates will be prepared for careers such as the following:

  • Arts journalist
  • Community development worker
  • Ethnodramatologist
  • Ethnomusicologist
  • Orality consultant
  • Trauma healing consultant
  • Arts consultant for Bible translation projects, Schools in cross-cultural contexts, Non-governmental organizations, Multi-ethnic churches, Literacy projects, and sending agencies
  [more...]
Online Course
Sponsor: Mobile Ministry Forum

The Mobile Ministry Training Course is a six-week, online course available to help introduce any Christian to ministry opportunities using mobile devices (phones and tablets).

Course Description: Each week contains both theoretical and practical elements. The only requirement for students is an Internet connection, computer, and a mobile phone (smart-phone or feature phone). The course covers the following subjects:

Week 1: An Overview of Mobile Ministry.
Week 2: Evangelism and Discipleship using Mobile Platforms.
Week 3: The Use of Social Media to Share the Gospel and Communicate Truth.
Week 4: Mobile Ministry in Remote and Low-Bandwidth Areas.
Week 5: The Use of Mobile Video and Audio for Mobile Phones.
Week 6: Basic Principles of Mobile Website Design.

Course Cost: $55. Scholarships are available upon request.

More details, including course start dates, on the Mobile Ministry Forum website.  [more...]

Strategy and Methods, Multi-Cultural Teamwork
Online course
Sponsor: Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics, Dallas International University

The Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL) at Dallas International University is offering three online courses that are particularly useful to Scripture Engagement workers.

  • Scripture Engagement Strategy and Methods will enable you to analyze a situation anywhere in the world and see what methods are more and less useful for that place. It uses the “Eight Conditions” model but goes well beyond what is in the article.
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  • Current Issues in Scripture Engagement - What are the major issues influencing Scripture engagement below the surface? This course encourages the student to analyze motivations and causal elements that underlie many of the Scripture engagement choices people make. Using a partially student-designed approach, course participants select specific Scripture engagement issues and skills they are interested in exploring more comprehensively. Emerging topics related to Scripture engagement are debated and students propose original contributions to the field of Scripture engagement. Students also develop skills in consulting and workshop design.
     
  • Multi-Cultural Teamwork will enable you to work closely together with people from other countries for prolonged periods.

These are 3-credit graduate level courses, but open to upper level undergraduates.  [more...]

United Kingdom
Sponsor: Moorlands College and Wycliffe Bible Translators

The School of Language and Scripture (SLS) is a collaboration between Moorlands College and Wycliffe Bible Translators, training people to work with marginalised communities, to see lives transformed through a relationship with God and his life-changing Word. At the heart of the School’s activities is the MA in Language, Community and Development, a programme providing and enhancing the essential tools for community-based development, linguistics, literacy, Bible translation and Scripture engagement.

As part of the MA we offer a Postgraduate Certificate with a focus on Scripture Engagement:

Having completed Foundations for Living and Working Cross-culturally, you would take options L33 Introduction to Scripture Engagement followed by L42 Patterns and Approaches in Community Engagement, with an option to carry on later and complete an MA in Language, Community and Development. Please see our website for more info.  [more...]