Strategies & Services

Research

The Center is collaborating to develop a database of oral learners around the globe, which serves to:

  • heighten our understanding of the people, the contexts and the strengths and weaknesses of our mission strategies.
  • help resolve problems and challenges on difficult mission fields, and address the issues that mean most to them.
  • raise the bar on evaluating the impact of our work based on real Kingdom community transformation.

Education

  • Creating specialized seminars and field experiences not available in the classroom settings of universities and seminaries.
  • Providing research and study opportunities for scholars, students and practitioners through programmatic relations with universities and seminaries
  • Interfacing with educational institutions to help adapt existing programs to better meet training needs among oral preference students commissioned to reach their own oral tradition cultures
  • Maximizing the setting and resources of our sister program in Israel, the Institute for Biblical Languages and Translation, for understanding & applying the whole Bible among oral communities

Collaboration

  • Creating/Initiating collaborative projects with like-minded partners to bring the whole Word through projects among the Oral Majority
  • Consulting with organizations that require more expertise to design, develop, implement and evaluate their programs or strategies.  Our staff specializes in oral instructional communication, and can help multiply the power of the spoken word.
  • Participating as a teaming partner on projects with other groups
    • The COS provides leadership and support services to the International Orality Network. (www.orality.net)

Innovation

Cutting edge tools and strategies

  • Developing new tools for cutting edge mission strategy by convening experts in their fields of ministry & study
  • Enhancing current strategies and developing new ones for engaging least-reached and Bible-less peoples by promoting forums that address their most pressing issues.
  • Launching projects that use these tools and strategies to expedite missions among oral preference learners in least-reached contexts

COMING 2017

Master Storyteller: a Book & film production on God’s Oral Communication in the Bible and Hebrew Tradition