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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).
Apr 15
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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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Mar 18
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"Hello Steve -- wanted to make sure you have a copy of my catalog. I'd sure appreciate you sharing it with those who are leading small groups among Westerners. Thanks!   Mark   Snowden%20Storying%20Catalog%202014.pdf"
Mar 12
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TruthSticks Training at First Baptist Church, Mt. Vernon, Mo.

April 26, 2014 from 8:30am to 4:30pm
Five interactive learning zones help you use Bible Storying methods to make disciples. Learn to model a small group and look for signs of spiritual development. For church leaders, the question is, "Are you making disciples or teaching the lesson?" This is a must-attend even for those in evangelism and discipleship. Expect to be challenged in a fun, safe learning enviornment.See More
Feb 25
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Where's Your Focus?

     In the third grade, my buddy Jimmy let me borrow his new glasses. I shouted, “Hey Mom, when you wear these glasses you can see every leaf and every blade of grass!”     Mom said, “And you can’t?”     Let’s just say that I had glasses within a couple of weeks! We sometimes need to borrow others’ glasses to help us focus.     In Nik Ripken’s new book, The Insanity of Obedience, there are a few pages that address the focus of mission work. He gave three options and the consequences of each…See More
Feb 24
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Tapping into Imagination

     My father-in-law explained that he liked Mel Gibson’s “Passion of the Christ” movie better “when they turned off the subtitles.” They didn’t. His brain adapted to the story line. His mind learned to continually reference the translation inserted at the bottom of the screen with so much speed that in a few minutes, it ceased to be a distraction.     Pastors and Bible teachers that use lecture quickly short-circuit the imagination’s learning process. Exposition that jumps from passage to…See More
Feb 14
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Surfacing Godly Emotions in Bible Studies

     Since emotions etch memories into our brains, small group Bible studies should seek to involve emotions that are real and not contrived. It is possible to move boring “earwash” into God’s truths that cleanse the soul.                          Physical involvement through drama, dance, choreography in music, or simulation games allow for our minds to better comprehend God’s Word. After the experience, believers can grow spiritually by making lifestyle adjustments.     The problem is that…See More
Jan 31
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Mind Matters

     Church leaders can benefit from learning how the brain works. Getting the mind to learn requires a physical change. On a physiological level, discipleship means helping believers grow more dendrites. Engaging a person’s brain in the real world and in real time is more likely to result in changed behaviors. People that have learned more will have more to pull from within their noggins.     Star Trek fans remember how the crew of the USS Enterprise would beam down to a planet and then back…See More
Jan 17
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WMU -- Event Training at Second Baptist Church

April 4, 2014 all day
Bible Storying for women engaging lostness in Missouri and beyond. This is a closed group for the WMU of Missouri membership.See More
Jan 16
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TruthSticks Training at Faith Baptist Church

February 22, 2014 from 8:30am to 4:30pm
TruthSticks Training uses five interactive learning zones. We will model Bible Storying and discuss methods to make disciples who can pass it along in relational evangelism and discipleshp.See More
Jan 16
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More than a Feeling: Handling Devotions and Quarterlies

     The church I attend meets in a high school. I overheard one of two visitors who were Roman Catholics say, “This doesn’t feel like church.” One has returned. The other hasn’t. When I attended a Roman Catholic church for a look-see, I had a headache afterward. It just wasn’t normal to me and our church wasn’t normal to them.     Not providing small groups with literature of any kind other than the Bible may seem odd to many literates who are now introducing Bible Storying methods.     One…See More
Jan 4
Edward Pearson commented on Mark Snowden's blog post Developing Curriculum
"Great blog Mark. I appreciate your story friend. "
Dec 31, 2013
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Spiritual Warfare is Very Real

     So Christmas is over. The Virgin gave birth. What next? Be on the alert as spiritual warfare explodes: "Then the dragon became furious with the woman and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus" (Revelation 12:17).     Trust that spiritual warfare is very real. When writing an oral Bible for a predominantly Muslim people, there were a great many spiritual attacks ranging from doubt at times to fear…See More
Dec 30, 2013

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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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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.…
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Posted on April 16, 2014 at 4:27pm

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).

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 11:46am

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…

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Posted on March 25, 2014 at 6:15pm

Where's Your Focus?

     In the third grade, my buddy Jimmy let me borrow his new glasses. I shouted, “Hey Mom, when you wear these glasses you can see every leaf and every blade of grass!”

     Mom said, “And you can’t?”

     Let’s just say that I had glasses within a couple of weeks! We sometimes need to borrow others’ glasses to help us focus.

     In Nik Ripken’s new book, The Insanity of Obedience, there are a few pages that address the focus of mission work. He gave three…

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Posted on February 24, 2014 at 11:00am

Comment Wall (11 comments)

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 9:14am 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 3:38pm 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 12:11pm 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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