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TruthSticks Training - Poplar Bluff, Mo. at Cane Creek Stoddard Assoc office -- Student Housing at Three Rivers College

September 27, 2014 from 8:30am to 4:30pm
TruthSticks Training uses Bible Storying methods to evangelize and make disciples. There are five learning zones that will help participants enjoy the day and learn to do this approach.   These "oral" methods make truth stick and can be used to turn new small groups into church plants as well. It's where storying and disciple-making meet.   Mark Snowden is the Workshop Trainer.See More
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TruthSticks Training at TBD

November 1, 2014 from 8:30am to 4:30pm
   TruthSticks Training uses Bible Storying methods to evangelize and make disciples. There are five learning zones that will help participants enjoy the day and learn to do this approach.   These "oral" methods make truth stick and can be used to turn new small groups into church plants as well. It's where storying and disciple-making meet.    Mark Snowden is the workshop leader.See More
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TruthSticks Training - Tacoma at Parkland First Baptist Church, Tacoma, Wash.

October 18, 2014 from 8:30am to 4:30pm
  TruthSticks Training uses Bible Storying methods to evangelize and make disciples. There are five learning zones that will help participants enjoy the day and learn to do this approach.   These "oral" methods make truth stick and can be used to turn new small groups into church plants as well. It's where storying and disciple-making meet.    Mark Snowden is the workshop leader.See More
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TruthSticks Training -- Cincinnati at Trinity Baptist Church

October 4, 2014 from 8:30am to 4:30pm
   TruthSticks Training uses Bible Storying methods to evangelize and make disciples. There are five learning zones that will help participants enjoy the day and learn to do this approach.   These "oral" methods make truth stick and can be used to turn new small groups into church plants as well. It's where storying and disciple-making meet.    Mark Snowden is the workshop leader. To register go to www.scbo.org/register.Trinity Baptist Church8402 Burns…See More
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TruthSticks Training at Jersey Baptist Church

September 20, 2014 from 8:30am to 4:30pm
   TruthSticks Training uses Bible Storying methods to evangelize and make disciples. There are five learning zones that will help participants enjoy the day and learn to do this approach.   These "oral" methods make truth stick and can be used to turn new small groups into church plants as well. It's where storying and disciple-making meet.   Mark Snowden is the Trainer.See More
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Treat Bible Characters Carefully

        Bible Storying is more than telling Bible stories. It’s more than a clever way to convey Bible facts. It’s one thing to share a gospel witness (Hey, that reminds me of a story….), but something else to provide a systematic matrix of stories that bring spiritual transformation as the Holy Spirit leads.Novices who first engage in Bible Storying often want to tell their favorite stories (often at random), power stories (you’ll run out), or obscure stories (factual but not…See More
Jul 26
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Making Truth Stick

    What is it about stories that help us remember them? We all have a story, complete with interesting characters and lots of plot twists. Stories reflect not only our own reality, but other people’s, too.     Stories help us interpret life, learn vicariously through the truths we can draw from the story, and make important life changes—sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse, if they’re the wrong stories.     Bible stories provide Christians a way to view life so that we can learn…See More
Jun 20
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Jun 19
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Forming Small Groups with Extroverts and Introverts

     Best friends do a great job of giving you feedback. I’ve been writing a speculative fiction book about an oral culture that lives on another planet. My friend told me that I may want to simplify the number of characters in the book. Each page seems to introduce new people with new problems and opportunities. Yep, that’s how I roll.     God used that to remind me about significant differences among people. Some are content to know just a handful of people–for life. Meanwhile, others look at…See More
May 17
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TruthSticks Training at Parkland First Baptist Church, Tacoma, Wash.

October 18, 2014 from 8:30am to 4:30pm
  TruthSticks Training uses Bible Storying methods to evangelize and make disciples. There are five learning zones that will help participants enjoy the day and learn to do this approach.   These "oral" methods make truth stick and can be used to turn new small groups into church plants as well. It's where storying and disciple-making meet.    Mark Snowden is the workshop leader.See More
May 7
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Working in the Harvest

      Churches should have no conflict choosing between conserving the harvest or working in the harvest. Why not conserve the harvest by working in the harvest?!     Last weekend I had the opportunity to encourage some 20 pastors and several of their spouses in one of Missouri’s counties in which 87% of its people are not born-again and some 72% are not claimed by any religious institution. The county population had grown by 35% in the past 10 years, yet their collective church membership…See More
May 5
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If I were just starting...

     If you were just starting out in Bible Storying, here are the resources that I would recommend:There is an 8-hour lecture series on www.e-quip.net  -- just search for “Snowden.” I did this      while at North American Mission Board. Kinda like watching cement harden, but it’s used as a training tool in Cochrane at the Baptist seminary.Go online Amazon.com and purchase Truth That Sticks by Avery T Willis, Jr., and Mark Snowden. Shameless plug, but it’s in…See More
Apr 16
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Potential Leaders

Is it possible to consider every small group member a potential leader? Does that change the way facilitators lead and how participants approach small group gatherings? Yes, I sell curriclum to small group leaders, but I do not sell student books....because I view each participant as if they were intentionally reproducing their small group and becoming a facilitator on their own. Ideally each participant is iN A Group and Leads A Group (NAG-LAG).
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St Louis Metro TruthSticks Training -- New Date at Ridecrest Baptist Church,

May 10, 2014 from 8:30am to 4:30pm
TruthSticks Training workshop is an active full-day workshop. It utilizes five learning zones. You'll experience small groups in a storying group and other practical take-aways. This is "the" training for where evangelism-discipleship meets Bible Storying.The event is open to churches and is sponsored by the St Louis Metro Baptist Association and the Missouri Baptist Convetion.See More
Apr 7
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Bridging Church Gaps with Storying:

     Two gaps exist in churches today that Bible Storying is poised to address.     1. A gulf has emerged between those in leadership and those in the pew.     2. The second gap is between those who follow the Lord and those who need a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.     Bridging each gulf is possible by obedience to God’s Word. It requires critical changes in commitments and a well-paced time of spiritual and systemic transition in all New Testament churches.     The literate elite…See More
Mar 25

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Wrote book Truth That Sticks with Avery Willis and initiated Snowden Ministries to provide Bible studies using Bible Storying.

About Mark Snowden

Mark Snowden is a Bible Storying trainer. He presently serves as the lead storying trainer for the North American Mission Board (SBC). Mark was mentored by storying pioneers Jim Slack and J. O. Terry.

Mark has worked on a number of storying-related projects:
-- developed an oral Bible for a predominantly Muslim people group in Central Asia
-- served as facilitator of the storying-related issue group at Lausanne World Congress for Evangelization (2004)
-- storied and coordinated production for the Following Jesus audio series featuring more than 400 complete storying sessions (http://fjseries.org)
-- Developed the "Storying in a Day" training program
-- Served as Program Chmn for the Int'l Orality Network's annual workshop
-- Co-authored "Truth That Sticks" with Avery T. Willis, Jr. (NavPress 2010)
-- Led training sessions in storying around the world, including the U.S.

Mark currently serves at the Missouri Baptist Convention. He has served in a number of ministry roles including nearly 8 years with NAMB, a consultant to Saddleback Church related to the P.E.A.C.E. Plan, and 18 years with the International Mission Board (SBC). Mark has studied at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., and holds a Masters of Science in Communications Management from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va.

He currently lives in Jefferson City, Mo., with his wife, Mary Leigh. He has one grown daughter and one granddauther.

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Treat Bible Characters Carefully

        Bible Storying is more than telling Bible stories. It’s more than a clever way to convey Bible facts. It’s one thing to share a gospel witness (Hey, that reminds me of a story….), but something else to provide a systematic matrix of stories that bring spiritual transformation as the Holy Spirit leads.…

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Posted on July 26, 2014 at 7:30am

Making Truth Stick

    What is it about stories that help us remember them? We all have a story, complete with interesting characters and lots of plot twists. Stories reflect not only our own reality, but other people’s, too.

     Stories help us interpret life, learn vicariously through the truths we can draw from the story, and make important life changes—sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse, if they’re the wrong stories.

     Bible stories provide Christians a way to view life so…

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Posted on June 20, 2014 at 5:33pm

Forming Small Groups with Extroverts and Introverts

     Best friends do a great job of giving you feedback. I’ve been writing a speculative fiction book about an oral culture that lives on another planet. My friend told me that I may want to simplify the number of characters in the book. Each page seems to introduce new people with new problems and opportunities. Yep, that’s how I roll.

     God used that to remind me about significant differences among people. Some are content to know just a handful of people–for life. Meanwhile,…

Continue

Posted on May 17, 2014 at 10:00am

Working in the Harvest

      Churches should have no conflict choosing between conserving the harvest or working in the harvest. Why not conserve the harvest by working in the harvest?!

     Last weekend I had the opportunity to encourage some 20 pastors and several of their spouses in one of Missouri’s counties in which 87% of its people are not born-again and some 72% are not claimed by any religious institution. The county population had grown by 35% in the past 10 years, yet their collective church…

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Posted on May 5, 2014 at 10:44am

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At 3:53pm on July 14, 2010, J.O.Terry said…
I believe that the revolution has already begun. First of all this general movement is reclaiming and affirming the primacy of the Bible as it speaks to all who hear or read its words. Second, this has already opened doors for reaching into people groups formerly resistant or hostile to traditional attempts to witness. Third, the Orality movement has enabled a means to jump the literacy barrier so that most if not all might hear the Good News in this present age. Fourth is that this methodology is greatly enabling oral leaders to be competent in using and teaching the Bible, especially where they also have oral learner congregations. It has already begun the process of greatly accelerating access to Scripture for those needing a translation (although incomplete but still functional) and for those unable to access the Bible any other way than hearing the stories and taught passages. And finally it has definitely provided additional support for cross-agency cooperation and multi-evangelical denominational sharing in the Kingdom task. The Discipling aspect in its growth is already a growing breakout as it explores and matures the means of using oral Scripture to disciple and train. Personally I believe it was a preordained move by God for our time and was waiting for alert, responsive and persevering followers to implement it. God receives the glory, we receive the blessing of being a part of making it happen.
At 6:05pm on August 2, 2010, J.O.Terry said…
Someday it may be interesting to look back and see where everyone joined or came on board the Orality challenge. For those of us involved since the earlier days of transition from the Chronological Bible Teaching to the more orality-sensitive form Chronological Bible Storying, and then on to the broader aspect of Bible Storying.

It wasn't long before I saw the power of the Bible story itself, even if not accompanied by in-depth expositional Bible teaching, especially teaching that reqired literacy and printed resources to conduct.

I had to work through many interpreters because I could not speak the languages where doors were opening. At times I so badly wanted to be able to tell the stories directly to the listeners in the villages and mud huts. But it wasn't long before I realized that my interpreters were the first disciples to be empowered. I'll never forget the first time one of early interpreters who had by then heard the Creation to Christ stories fifty or more times when he turned to me and said, "I can do this." But what was even more thrilling was to hear the driver who ferried me about in southern India who told me upon my return for yet another Bible Storying crusade, "After you left last time, I went home and taught my wife and children to tell Bible stories and we went out into our community and told the stories to the people and planted a church." And then the time i had accompanied a local missionary into an area of a country closed to foreigners to hear Bible Storying in a small mud church with thatch roof. The storyer that night was a young man. He was telling the stories of Creation and the Fall. He was not eloquent and he had to work at telling the stories. The people were absorbing his every word. later I had the missionary ask him where he learned the stories. He replied that a pastor had taught him. That pastor had been in one of training sessions two years before. So the Bible stories were going out and being passed along to others.
At 11:37am on August 17, 2010, Bryan Thompson said…
Yes, I would love to do that. I am just coming to the end of the work day here in Ireland and going out with kids in a moment, but would love to chat with you about the story4all mutual links and podcast issue.
God bless.
Bryan
At 2:43pm on June 14, 2011, Randy Osborn said…
Thanks for the day Friday in OKC.  It is exciting to see the simplicity and power of storying with people.  It was a blessing to learn the material but also to hear your heart and experience.
At 9:29pm on November 2, 2011, Pam Whitehead said…
Hey Mark! I didn't know I could do that! And I've never blogged before either, but I can learn. :-)  I taught my new group of Acteens from my home church the story you taught us. They did really well and asked GREAT questions! They each learned something different from the story and shared what they were going to do differently this week as a result of what they learned. The best part was hearing them the pray!! They asked the Father to lead them to who HE wanted them to share the story with. ANd not only that they asked HIM to give them more then one person to share with!!!!!!!! I can't wait to hear what happens in both areas!!!! I want them to learn too how to choose the story that best fits the person they are sharing with and to begin to learn some more stories. That it will just be natural for them. They are sooo EXCITED!!!!! The group of Acteens I have now will be in Acteens for four to six years!!!!! Can you imagine by the time they graudate High School???!! I'll let you know what happens. THANK YOU soo much!!!!! Blessings, Pam
At 10:14am on November 12, 2011, Pam Whitehead said…

Hey Mark, I just started using the Blog today. This will be a GREAT place for me to share and keep an account of Bible Storying at my mobile home park! Then I can always come back and choose those stories I want to use when I'm speaking, sharing one on one, and doing Training! When I have more times I'm going to blog about pass Bible Storying I have done too so I will have them all together. MMMmmmm can you print out from the blogs?Thank you!!! Blessings, Pam

At 4:38pm on January 12, 2012, George Wortley said…

Thank you Mark for being at your computer so early this morning and your gracious welcome.  I presume that this response might be going directly to you and for me to ask about a Children's Version I need to go to the Status Bar which I should be able to detect shortly.   Thanks again, George

At 1:11pm on February 27, 2012, George Wortley said…

Greetings from Nebraska.  Tell me the best way to communicate messages with greater length than here???   Your hotmail address??   I tried at the end of Consistency in Disciple-making and ran short of space.  Appreciated both the comments as well at the Storying Resource Guide.  Does the "New Church" offer apply to brand new ministries or those just coming on board with your ministry???  I would enjoy seeing a sample of Spirditual Transformation 2012-2013.  Blessings indeed, George

At 1:33pm on April 4, 2012, Kevin L Kilbreth said…

Hi Mark - we're making some progress with our plan to utilize storying in a variety of ways.  Our men's discipleship groups and some Bible Fellowship classes (mixed men/women) are using storying on a limited basis and I am incorporating a summer option for Sunday School classes to introduce more leachers to this "new" approach.  Not a "revolution" yet, but we're gaining on it!

At 5:12pm on June 8, 2012, Carlos C Carrales said…

Mark, I have had a small group for a year but am seriously considering going to story telling this fall.  You sent an email recently indicating you have developed/are developing some materials that can be used by a guy like me.  Where can I preview/obtain them?

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