Friday, November 03, 2006

CCC Prez has the "Inside Story"

Steve Douglas (CCCI Prez) is coordinating the “Inside Story” Conference this November 15-17.

Whether you know about the conference or not, or are familiar with its origins or not I think it is a worthy conference to take note of.

This particular conference was born out of a movement I have been following for a couple years. It was born out of the 2004 Lausanne Conference in Thailand as a special taskforce on “Making Disciples of Primary Oral Learners”. What came out of that meeting was the OneStory Partnership, the International Orality Network (or ION) and other key missions connections. I was at the 2005 International Orality Network Conference last year and I remember hearing that the following years the ION conference would branch into two conferences. One concerned with oral communicators internationally and another concerned with Secondary Orality in the postmodern West. The latter conference was called the “Inside Story" Conference for the postmodern or concrete-relational communicators. Steve Douglas has taken lead as coordinator for this conference.

Word is that Steve Douglas is going to talk about his own Bible narrative work in some university in Florida that he says can be turned into a effective and transferable model.

Check out the conference website for more info on what the conference aims at accomplishing. You might find this right up our alley as we need to constantly rethink effective gospel communication at Cal-Poly and elsewhere.
Any questions?

Any thoughts?


Blogger Kristie said...

I have heard of what he is doing on a campus in FL, but I haven't seen the material. But hadn't heard of this conference.

It will be interesting. We are in a post=literate society in many ways.....Neil Postman termed it many years ago that we are in a "Picture-based" culture as opposed to a Word-based culture. (In the book , Amusing Ourselves to Death.)

10:21 PM  
Blogger kerby goff said...

We have been using Steve Douglass' study with one the leadership team on one of our campuses here in Oklahoma. I've heard great things from others about it, but we haven't been experiencing that yet...
Another Red River Region staff person and I will be going to the Inside Story conference, so maybe I'll get to find out if we're doing something wrong!
Also, as I read your blog, I recognized the description "concrete-relational", but I couldn't remember where. Then I realized that I had read about it in David Hesselgrave's _Communicating Christ Cross-Culturally_, but I had never thought of connecting that to the postmodern mindset. At least with respect to what I see in the emerging church culture, that seems to be pretty accurate. Interesting... Hesselgrave's book has some great insight as well as advice for that kind of cross-cultural ministry.
So, all that to say, I am now much more excited about this conference!
So, here's a question that I had, what goes into identifying the concrete-relational cognitive process, or even a postmodern mindset for that matter, in a person or group of people here in the west, where we have become quite pluralistic and individualistic at the same time?

5:30 PM  
Blogger RevyRev said...

Thanks for your comments Kerby.

If I could speak in generalizations I would describe that individualism and pluralism works like this:

Premodernism is much like the Puritan era where “Truth”, success, and destiny was determined and defined by external revelation or Divine Revelation.

During the Great Awakening Divine Revelation was replaced with the Intellect and the Individual. This is the classic mindset of, “We can figure out our own problems and choose my own destiny”.

In Postmodernism the Intellect leaves the stage and is replaced by Experience but Individual stays onstage. So now the Individual and Experience are the means of defining reality.

Here is the interesting part. You are right. Postmodernism is both individualistic and communal in certain ways. But interestingly enough so is Modernism.

Modernism is individualistic because man chooses his destiny, yet also communal because what the Intellect discovered is shared and related.

Postmodernism is communal because relationships and experiences are shared but individualistic because experiences are individually interpreted. And since Truth is not shared we call it pluralism.

Do you think that works? Does it shed light on the question.

The book that started this whole Orality thing was by historian Walter Ong called: “Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word (1982)”

Kerby, If you haven't read it i would recommend it. Secondary-Orality was a concept coinced by Ong and it is in many ways the foundation of this conference.

2:19 PM  
Anonymous Rob Hughes said...

Did you all know that CCC has a little-known ministry based on orality and story telling (besides what Steve is doing)? The ministry has been around for 4 years, but just recently adopted the name StoryRunners. Since about 70% of the world's population can't get the gospel form literate means, they must receive it through story. Movements everywhere can't happen without the stories being everywhere.

StoryRunners is also the only CCC ministry primarily focused on unreached people groups.

Check out and Or contact me at We have STINT programs for staff and students.

1:55 PM  

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