Orality: Many Applications – One Mandate, ION North American Regional Conference

17 Sep 2018 · 19 Sep 2018

Orlando, USA

We are eagerly anticipating all the Lord has in store for this year’s International Orality Netowrk (ION) North America Conference in Orlando, held on 17-19 September 2018. ‘Orality: Many Applications—One Mandate’ is our theme. While there are numerous applications and aspects of the orality domain, the one mandate, which is the heart of what we are about, is the Great Commission—communicating the gospel and making disciples, but doing so in ways that are biblical, universal, cross-cultural, and reproducible.


Whether you are a veteran orality practitioner, trainer, or scholar, or, if you are just now hearing about orality for the first time, there will be something for everyone:

  • Pastors, missionaries, church leaders/teachers
  • Children and youth workers
  • Business professionals, educators and students
  • Mission trip participants, community outreach leaders


Much of what we are learning is actually how the gospel spread throughout the entire populated world in the first century, and getting back to the roots of the church. Jesus told stories as he taught. The apostles and the early church used oral methods to reach millions. Research shows orality is one of the most effective ways that people have learned, communicated, and processed information from the beginning of time.


In spite of our highly educated society in the West, US government statistics show that more than 50% are oral-preference learners and communicators. Orality enables us to cross every barrier and border on the planet and these methods are now being effectively used in short-term mission trips, business as mission, prison ministries, and outreach to immigrants and internationals. Research is now proving orality methods are effective in family devotions, oral inductive Bible studies, and in fostering unity and cooperation within local congregations and among church leaders.


There is a growing recognition of the benefits of orality methods and strategies right here in the North American context. You’ll be exposed to examples and impact stories of how it’s working in churches and communities in the region, as well as the latest in research and practices.


More information will be forthcoming, including how to sign up. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact us at [email protected]. You can also visit the Lausanne Orality issue network page for more information about orality.

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