Frequently Asked Questions
What is orality?
According to the International Orality Network, an oral learner is "A person whose mental framework is primarily influenced by spoken rather than literate forms of communication and who therefore learns primarily or exclusively by speech, song, etc." Essentially it is someone who relies on speech and listening to learn, grow, and pass along information. Typically, very few things are written down. Just as you need to translate language you also need to translate communication style to meet peoples’ needs.
What is storying?
Storying is a method used to share different stories from the Bible in an effort to communicate the Gospel and disciple new believers. Typically, stories are told in dramatic methods to capture the attention of listeners. Storying is one aspect of orality.
How are you different from storying?
To our knowledge, Gospel Joy is the only organization that designs resources that are geared toward oral learners that do not just use stories. We lead people through inductive studies of books of the Bible, training them to listen and study the Bible for themselves.
What is the difference between what you do and say recording a book to audio?
Written books are fantastic resources. However, they are written for individuals who have years of experience reading and learning through books. The style and format are designed specifically for those who learn through reading. Just recording it and putting in an audio form doesn’t mean it is now designed for those who learn through hearing. You must design the content to be recorded in a way that mirrors the style of those who learn through hearing and conversation.
What format does your audio Bible studies come in?
All of our audio studies are recorded by Africans and are available in an audio file (mp3). Depending on resources, our partners play the audio file in different ways such as microSD disks, CDs, or computer.
What studies do you have? Why are you focusing on those books of the Bible?
We have inductive studies on Jonah, Ephesians, and Colossians. There are no materials on the epistles for oral learners and thus we are specifically focusing on those books of the bible to provide material for the oral church. Jonah was written as a test to learn how to produce audio bible studies for oral learners. It is a smaller book and thus easier to try.
I know someone who could benefit from these materials, how may I access them?
At this time, the curriculum is being developed and piloted. Once it has been successfully used and updated we would love to consider partnering with others. Please open the contact us page and send us a message to be added to the waiting list.
Where do you work?
Currently our material is being used by local churches in Cameroon, South Africa, Zambia, and SE Asia.
How does this material benefit the local church?
Gospel Joy is an organization that strives to support the local church and its pastors. This material is available for pastors to use in order to teach and train the members of their congregation.
Why do you focus on women, what about men?
Gospel Joy views men and women as both of equal value in God’s eyes but with different roles. These roles take on a very traditional view across Africa whereby women are typically in the home raising their families. Therefore, the majority of the educational and theological training available is for men. Yet women are important, are made it God’s image, and influence the home and the culture significantly. Providing women, the resources to study God’s word in-depth allows women to understand God's redemptive story.
How is Gospel Joy affiliated with Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN?
Just as Gospel Joy works through the local church to equip believers, so is Gospel Joy equipped by the local church. There are no legal ties between Bethlehem Baptist Church and Gospel Joy but Bethlehem has influenced Gospel Joy and its theological foundation since its founding in 2005. In 2017 Bethlehem Baptist Church appointed Gospel Joy's current Executive Director as a supported global partner.