This category contains 43 posts

Escaping the Death Grip of Analysis

Ray Neu was doing a masterful job describing the beauty of a Bible story in Simply the Story training. Ray pantomimed his hands in a way that looked like he was holding an imaginary butterfly. He described its grace and beauty. Then he began to wonder aloud what made the butterfly work? He ripped off … Continue reading

New Birth! Now What?

Praise God if your witness has helped someone surrender to Christ as their Lord and Savior. Now what? Give them a quarterly and plop them in a Sunday School class? Invite them to a one-hour lunch where you run down the ministries that could use their help? Provide a walkthrough so they know your church’s … Continue reading

Prayer Through the Orality Lens

What role does prayer uniquely play among oral-preference learners? Even Jesus’ disciples observed John the Baptist’s disciples who were praying and wanted Jesus’ teaching, too (Luke 11:1). Prayer lessons used to disciple me were developed by scholars who were among the 13% of Americans that are proficient at reading. It has shaped how I pray. … Continue reading

Blurring the Lines between Evangelism and Discipleship

Is it possible that discipleship precedes evangelism? When it comes to relational small groups that use Bible Storying, it HAS to be that way. I believe that discipleship begins prior to conversion. Some may call this pre-evangelism. Yes, to a point. However, a non-Christian can observe those who are born again and begin counting the … Continue reading

Lecture at your own risk–and theirs

Lecture-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 … Continue reading

Setting Priorities that Transform

There’s a great missions video clip giving missions quotes. (The link is at the bottom.) My favorite was by Oswald J. Smith: “We talk of the Second Coming; half the world has never heard about the first.” That quote stabs at my heart. So many have never heard the Gospel of Jesus! Job #1 is … Continue reading

What do you do with kids?

Family-integrated churches are using Bible Storying. Usually kids in Kindergarten and older participate. Frankly, I haven’t yet discovered a way to compete with churches that have all the buzzers and whistles with full-blown kits and activity sheets for kids. But that’s certainly not reproducible. The next small group you reach into may not have that … Continue reading

Reading Deficiency and Bible Storying

After attending a TruthSticks Training in Bolivar, Mo., in September 2012, a godly lady with her doctorate in nursing began storying with those who are in Celebrate Recovery, a biblically-based addiction program in her church in Golden, Mo. They have begun using Story Thru the Bible, a collection of 52 Bible stories by Walk Thru … Continue reading

Awakening to the need for Orality in our Churches

In Montreal in February 2010, I tore pages out of a novel and gave it to the 60 people attending the very first TruthSticks storying workshop. (The training was ahead of the book’s release.) I asked them to tell me what they thought the book was about based on that single page that they held in their … Continue reading

Benefits of Bible Storying

Benefits: Churches that use Bible Storying methods as described in TruthSticks Training benefit in these ways: 1. Simplifies the discipleship process. You don’t have to be a biblical expert to lead a small group. 2. Multiplies small groups leading to numerical growth. New leaders are constantly mentored. Each new group must examine three outcomes: Can … Continue reading