Reviewed by Ted Szymczak
StoryFire is a 25 x 5 minute audio downloadable resource that was developed by a MAF staff person who had Simply The Story (STS) Orality training, and adapted the approach to MAF uses. The series is divided into 6 parts, one of which contains video examples. The learning cycle consists of 4 parts, Learning the story, Telling the story, Reviewing the story and Discussing the story.
MAF’s website describes it as follows:
StoryFire is a six-part series that trains you how to share God's Word through Bible storytelling and discussion. Based on the same principles MAF uses to train isolated church leaders around the world, StoryFire is now available for free download. Anyone can master this effective ministry tool in 25 short audio lessons!
The advantage of the StoryFire approach is its accessibility. The materials can be downloaded and used with simply an internet connection to get basic access to the resources. The MAF downloadable approach does have a downside as well, according to Dan MacDonough of STS. The problem is that people may feel that they have received Orality training after StoryFire, but without the practice and reinforcement of an interactive Orality Seminar, such as STS, they may come to the conclusion that “Orality doesn’t work” or “I can’t do this” without giving it a real chance. With that possible caveat, this tool is worth investigating in the Orality domain.
The Link and Outline of the 6 Sections follow: http://www.maf.org/storyfire