IFD292 – Biblical Storytelling II

IFD292 – Biblical Storytelling II

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Try something fun to combat the late winter blahs, with some creative approaches to worship looking toward Lent! This workshop expands on the methods taught in Biblical Storytelling I. It explores a number of storytelling genres as well as telling the Biblical text, including midrash, chancel drama, first-person storytelling, puppetry, and more. The workshop also offers specific ideas for using and not abusing voice and body, enhancing tellings with props, digital media, and more with children and adults. It also suggests ways to deepen your practice of this art as a personal spiritual discipline. Anyone who is already practicing the art of storytelling, Biblical or secular, is welcome; Biblical Storytelling I is an excellent starting place for those new to the art but is not required. In this three-week workshop you will dive deeper into developing your unique storytelling “voice,” expand your technique and polish your art. Led by Network of Biblical Storytellers International Vice President Rev. Beth Galbreath.

Biblical Storytelling I is not a prerequisite for Biblical Storytelling II, but previous storytelling experience is highly recommended.

Lay Servant Ministries ApprovedThis course has been approved by Discipleship Ministries (formerly the General Board of Discipleship) as an advanced course with 10 contact hours in Lay Servant Ministries, and 1.5 CEUs are available.


This course is eligible for 1.5 CEU.

Price: $80.00

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Past participants in this course have said…

“Once again, Reverend Beth Galbreath has opened her “fire hose” of information, suggestions, concrete examples, creative ideas and entirely new concepts for worship! This course provided a host of platforms for students to grow spiritually while trying out new ways to think, new ways to experience scripture, and new ways to worship in a safe, supportive environment.”

“We have immersed ourselves in one or more stories, considered how to move to tell the story. We’ve placed ourselves in front of a running camera and bravely forged on. We’ve learned the difference between “the M word” and true learning by heart. We’ve made audio tapes and videos. We’ve written first person stories and prayers. We’ve learned about our classmates’ spiritual sides, about their unsuspected talents, their life stories, their personal expressions of ways to see scripture…”

“Through the grace of God, our efforts, the support of our peers, and the patient and enthusiastic feedback from Beth, everyone learned enough to keep on learning, and we have been bitten by the bug of “telling.” What a blessing! I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in not only telling scripture in worship, but also in broadening their personal  perspective on conveying the Word.”

Beth Galbreath

Beth Galbreath is a United Methodist deacon whose specialty is “digital culture ministry.” That means everything the Church needs to do to move from the print-literate culture of the last five centuries to the digital-communication culture of the 21st and communicate with post-Boomer Christians. To that end she is one of the few (but proud!) graduates of the former Lumicon Institute’s certification program in digital culture ministry.

Beth serves on the pastoral leadership team of Compassion UMC in Brookfield, IL, a new church plant, and Crossroads of Life Prison Faith Community, a new church effort within the walls of a women’s prison. She loves to bring a multimedia, multi-intelligence approach to classes, and she Tells Scripture weekly in worship. She serves the Northern Illinois Conference in various volunteer posts, including Lay Academy teacher, and is a Natural Church Development coach.

“Digital culture ministry” is not just about technology. It includes re-emphasis on spiritual formation practices. To that end she holds a master’s from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in spiritual formation and evangelism. Her ministry includes consulting, teaching, small group leadership, and retreat leadership.

Digital culture ministry is also about ancient-future worship arts and education styles, especially an emphasis on story; to that end she is a passionate biblical storyteller and teacher. She is vice president of the Network of Biblical Storytellers International and coordinates the NBS-related Chicago-area Prairie Wind Guild. She’s taught biblical storytelling abroad in Cameroon, Bolivia and the Philippines. Her latest publication is The Story and the Feast, a digital resource (three CD’s of text and slides) of liturgy for Holy Communion, connected to the weekly stories and texts of the lectionary, and including notes for biblical storytellers.