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Mad Scientist or Disciplemaker?

Why are you spending your time with oral learners? Any answer other than “making disciples” gets a foghorn instead of a crisp ting.


  • It’s my job as a small group leader, isn’t it?
  • We just love spending time together, sharing concerns, and loving on each other. And, of course, we manage to tell a Bible story and talk about it, duh.


  • Can’t wait until tonight’s session—everyone shows up expecting God to work! His Word really comes alive.
  • A fairly new couple in our group was moved by Jesus’ parable, the Good Samaritan. They have become concerned about the spiritual condition of two of their friends. This couple in our group is really growing in Christ.

When we commit to make disciples above any other purpose, then we have a responsibility to listen closely to those we’re leading or those we’re mentoring. Is there progress? Are they bearing fruit? Is our group growing in faith and numbers? How long has it been since we’ve branched?

“It’s alive!” was Dr. Frankenstein’s cry when his monster took a breath.

“They’re alive!” should be our cry when making disciples or oral learners for Jesus.

About Mark Snowden

TruthSticks originated from the book I co-authored with the late Avery Willis. Truth That Sticks: How to Communicate Velcro Truths in a Teflon World was the book and this blog and Bible studies have resulted. It's great to be partnering with churches who are committed to making disciple-makers. Request a catalog of Bible studies using orality at SnowdenMinistries@gmail.com.


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