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Discipleship, Orality, Storying Basics

Lecture at your own risk–and theirs

Lecturing teacherLecture-based teaching hasn’t been working well in disciple-making that is reproducible. Lecture seems to work best in attracting followers of Jesus who rely on the teacher for their spiritual growth. It makes sense that attractional churches would want attractional Bible study teachers. Force-feeding doctrine wasn’t Jesus’ method and it shouldn’t be ours, either.

My wife has taught school for years. Teachers are forbidden to lecture because research such as was found by the Learning Lab in Maine reported lecture results in only a 5% retention rate. Children must be engaged in the learning process if they are to retain — and learn.

TruthSticks’ focus is on having small group leaders make disciples and not just teach the lesson. And there is a difference! The teacher that lectures is not easily reproduced. Also, they universally have no idea of the spiritual development of those being discipled. How could they when they talk all the time?

Teachers may think that their lectures may go “deep,” but that doesn’t mean any of their students get it. They could be mentally daydreaming about the game coming up on TV. Maybe they are going deep, but do their students go with them? And how would they know if they did?

Relational Bible study using oral methods makes truth stick. Otherwise, truth slides off just like Teflon. Lecture if you must, but do it at your own risk — and theirs, too.

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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