This course is for those who read Scripture aloud for a worshipping congregation, and want to increase their people’s engagement with God’s powerful stories of Jesus’ death and Resurrection. Delving deeply together into many of the Holy Week stories from the Gospel of Mark, learners will explore parts of it that are rarely read in church, experience its challenges, and coach one another in reading it “with a storytelling spirit!”
(Those who Tell Scripture by heart are also welcome, but it is not a course in the art biblical storytelling itself: no “learning by heart” required.)
The course format is a relaxed Lenten journey with only one discussion board topic each week, and one Zoom. Zooms are offered at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Central time on Mondays. Learners may attend either (or both). Participation in at least four of the six (which will not be recorded), as well as Blackboard discussions, are required for a certificate.
This course has been approved by Discipleship Ministries as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries. It provides the required 10 contact hours.
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
About the Instructor
Rev. Beth Galbreath’s “digital culture ministry” includes teaching online at BeADisciple. She loves to bring a multimedia, multi-intelligence approach to all her courses. She’s passionate about worship, spirituality and deeper connections with God through bringing Scripture to life by Telling by heart and by reading it “in a storytelling spirit.”
Beth serves on the leadership team of Compassion UMC, a new church plant near Chicago. She is an ambassador of the Network of Biblical Storytellers International and coordinates her biblical storytelling guild. She’s taught biblical storytelling in Cameroon, Bolivia, Haiti, the Philippines, and India as well as the U.S.