The church should be a place where Searching the Scriptures is not just possible for everyone, but an essential factor in disciple-making on every level.


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What is True^North?

True^North helps churches develop a holistic culture of Wesleyan disciple-making. It is  a multi-tiered workshop offering, taught in a retreat Friday evening and Saturday all-day for the local church.

What could True^North do for my church?

Every church finds herself at a different place in the disciple-making spectrum. Many congregations have deeply successful holistic programs which share Jesus with their community, welcome people into the “inquiry phase” in an inviting way, and then disciple them into new life in Christ. Others may have part of the plan but not a holistic picture in operation. True^North helps local churches to create a culture where searching the Scriptures is not just possible for everyone, but an essential factor in disciple-making on every level.

How can I experience True^North in my church?

If you are ready to experience true growth in biblical literacy and understanding in your church, contact us for more information.

Who is David Smith?

My name is David Smith. My wife calls me David, everyone else calls me “Dave.” I’m professor of Bible at Indiana Wesleyan University. For the last 36 years, I have been married to the most wonderful woman I know, Angie. She is a home-maker and a discipler of young women here on the IWU campus. We have two children, Joshua (married to Laura) and Hannah (married to Brian), and a golden retriever named Chloe. I am passionate about the Gospels and Paul’s letters…but also have done extensive study and teaching in the Hebrew Bible. My wife and I have traveled extensively around the world teaching and doing leadership development. Most passionately, we have been working in local Church-based Community Development in Malawi Africa.

2003 – Ph.D., (New Testament Interpretation), Durham University, Durham, England
1996 – M. Div., Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY
1989 – M.A., Biblical Literature, (Old Testament), Asbury Theological Seminary
1987 – B.A., Bible, Asbury College, Wilmore, KY
1985 – Bible & Theology Classes, Ohio Christian University, Circleville, OH (1985)
1977 – Associates Degree; Business Data Processing, Columbus State Community College, Columbus, Ohio


True^North is a movement to recalibrate our spiritual compasses to point towards the “true north” of God’s Word. This recalibration will address these three areas:

LAITY: Train laity to read, understand, and apply the sacred Scriptures to
their lives. New skills will be taught.

LEADERS: Train pastors and local church leaders “how to teach” the reading of Scripture to others. Pastors, small group leaders, Sunday School teachers, and youth leaders will discover that the reading of Scripture is THE chief way to make disciples.

READING TOGETHER IN COMMUNITY: In the Wesleyan tradition, it’s clear that everyone learns to read much deeper as they do it “in community” than reading alone. Christian Community is also the sacred space where people pursue transformation and personal holiness with higher success.

True^North helps local churches to create a culture where searching the Scriptures is the essential factor in disciple-making on every level.

Interested in the True^North experience?

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