IMG_2982_2385rIva May served alongside her husband, Stan, with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention in Zimbabwe, Africa. During their years in Zimbabwe, Stan learned about the Chronological Bible Storying evangelistic method under one of its pioneers, Dr. Jim Slack.

After their return to the U.S. Iva took a seminary class, Chronological Bible Storying, and sensed the Lord moving her to modify this concept and develop the Chronological Bible Teaching materials to use with women in the States. She has since employed this tool to disciple women for over a decade. Iva rejoices that God has used this tool to increase women’s understanding of the big story of the Bible and the Author of the Bible as He interacts with His people. Unpacking the rich theology from the stories by asking inferential questions enables women to understand the ways of God with His people, to address worldview issues, and to possess a reproducible tool with which to equip others.

Iva May is a director of the Chronological Bible Teaching Ministries, a non-profit established to develop Bible literacy tools and to train others to use those tools.


Stan May

Stan May

Stan May has been in the ministry for 37 years. He and Iva served with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention in Zimbabwe, Africa. During their years in Zimbabwe, Stan learned about the Chronological Bible Storying evangelistic method under one of its pioneers, Dr. Jim Slack, and translated several of the stories of that early material into the iSiNdbele language. In 1995, the Lord brought them back to the US.

Stan earned his PhD at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in 1997 and taught missions there for the next 16 years. Since 2000, Stan has also served as the pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Olive Branch, MS. He has assisted Iva in the writing and development of the Chronological Bible Teaching materials and is working to create a companion piece for men. CBT unpacks God’s big story for men in a participatory setting, allowing each disciple to increase his understanding of the big story of the Bible and to get to know the Author of the Bible as He interacts with His people. The question and answer approach enables men to understand the ways of God with His people, to address worldview issues, and to possess a reproducible tool with which to equip others.

Stan May is a director of the Chronological Bible Teaching Ministries, a non-profit established to develop Bible literacy tools and to train others to use those tools.

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