On Friday afternoon, Mbonisi Malaba, leader of New Creation Church (previously known as River of Life Christian Church), Sue Smith and Renee Cunningham lead us through a time of reviewing what we have covered so far in CBS and we did some fun activities as well.
As a review, we went through COWS:
C – CBS. This is telling the story in the Bible chronologically, or in order. It has different tracks i.e. Evangelism track, Church planting track and possibly leadership track.
O – Oral learners & culture. They learn through storys, through repetition while literate learners write things down and go through it later.
W – Worldview: The way a person thinks and sees things. It is affected by their background, environment and culture. It’s easy to tell a persons worldview by their behaviour. Worldview affects a persons beliefs, which affects a persons values and lastly, it affects a person’s behaviour.
S – Story tellers: Good story tellers command attention, use expression, voice tones, are time conscious, use body language and so on. They review and guide the discussion at the end.
Self-evaluationAs we tell stories, we need to self evaluate as well as getting key people to evaluate us.
Questions I’d ask myself are:
a) Have people understood the story and have they expressed themselves well during the discussion?
b) Did I include everything I wanted in the story?
c) Did I include or subtract from the story? Was I well prepared?
d) How did the visitors respond?
e) Time - was I too long or too short?
f) Were the questions relevant?
g) Did everyone participate in the story?
h) Did the story fit into the allocated time?
i) Was I confident?
j) Will it make people want to know God more?
k) Did I stick to the story?
l) Was my voice monotonous?
m) Did I overplay – dramatize the story or did I underplay it?
n) How did I sense the story went?
o) Was the language I used appropriate for the audience?
The Communication SandwichWhen giving feedback, we can use the analogy of a sandwich. The bread is all the positive things about the story and the jam or peanut butter in-between the bread are the areas we can improve.
What an excellent training time and we look forward to the next one in September.
Written by Molly Manhanga