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BETHANY BIBLE COLLEGE RESEARCH PAPER The Uses of Drama and Storytelling In Christian Education BY PHILIP SMITH SPO 187 Introduction to Christian Education Dr Cynthia Brown December 11 2000 In a world so full of fast paced media glitz and glamour the church can find itself in a precarious position When it comes to teaching the truth of the scriptures how can the church keep up with society How can the church effectively minister to and educate its people The answer to these questions may well be found in the art of drama and storytelling Thus the primary focus of this research paper will be to answer the question How can drama and storytelling be used effectively in todays Christian Education First there must be an inclusive study of the distinctives of each type of educational tool Second there must be an understanding of why these tools might be so effective And thirdly the presentation of these tools must be looked at And then if the conclusion that these educational tools are effective is found at the end of this research document then they must be encouraged and implemented in our churches today It would seem reasonable to first take a look at the art of storytelling since it naturally comes before the other arts like drama and role-playing But first what is storytelling Well it is really a combination of several things First it is a ministry Yes people are ministered to through the telling of biblical or otherwise stories It is a unlimited way of portraying the truths of the bible to the listeners Second it is a message Whatever is contained in the story should a message wrapped in an attractive package easily assimilated and digested Barrett 1960 12 Thirdly it is
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