Making disciples has never been in question for The Church, but somehow we’ve approached this as if disciples are made through by the process of osmosis. Dr. Dave Smith is disciple-maker on a mission and we would be wise to take note of the work he has done and tool he has crafted in order to help the local church. Here is an intentional tool which when matched with an intentional disciple maker has real potential to make a difference in our neighbourhood, in our community. Thank you Dr. Dave Smith for this gift.
– Fred A Waters, Lt Colonel (Territorial Secretary for Business Administration, Canada and Bermuda Territory)
David Smith does a masterful job in a profound way to bring disciple-making and Inductive Bible Study methods together in this book. It is refreshing to see this work come into existence to challenge the Church’s biblical illiteracy while giving practical solutions every step of the way from a Wesleyan heritage based on class and band meetings. The genius of the book is to equip all believers as they journey together to learn more about God and His mission so that they can also become active participants of the Great Commission.
– Viktor J. Rózsa, European Nazarene College Instructor of Missions and Intercultural Studies (Budapest, Hungary Learning Center)
Having served with and under Dr. Smith for many years, I know his passion for offering practical help to those who desire to grow in their faith. His book “True North: Disciple-making in the Word” reinforces the words of Jesus in Matthew 13:19-23 that those who know and understand the word, are those on the surest pathways to spiritual maturity and effective service for the King. His insights, wit, and wise insights complement the results of one of the largest discipleship studies ever conducted (Follow Me) which concluded the greatest factor in predicting which believers are growing spiritually, is the Christ-followers commitment to regularly spending time digesting and applying God’s word. I heartily recommend Dr. Smith’s book to you!
– Dr. Stephen Elliott, National Superintendent, The Wesleyan Church of Canada
I have known David Smith from the time Jesus reoriented his life. It has seemed to me that he immediately had a hunger to be a true disciple, living a life after Jesus Christ. I was able to watch his growth up close for a number of years and have continued to follow from a distance. I recently had him teach/preach True^North: Disciple-making in the Word in our district camp meeting. People have continued to share with me how the material is positively impacting their walk. I highly recommend this book to any pastors and lay leaders who desire to achieve individual spiritual growth and as an invaluable tool in helping their congregation to become fully equipped disciples of Jesus Christ.
– Rev. Joseph Duvall, West Central District Superintendent, Churches of Christ in Christian Union
Dr. David Smith has masterfully integrated the essentials of the gospel being the Word of God and Discipleship in an interactive and easy-to-understand workbook called, True˄North: Disciple-Making in the Word. This workbook is a Disciple-Making journey with Dave into transformational Bible Study. However, unlike previous Bible Study books based on scientific methodologies, True˄North establishes a relational aspect we observe in the manner Jesus lived his life. The Bible student will immediately recognize the relational element of True˄North as Dave engages the reader as a disciple. However, shortly afterward, the disciple will realize this book is not simply a conversion with Dave but that you and he are traveling on a journey together. The journey toward True˄North with Dave will have you investigate both why and how Bible Study is done. However, there is never a separation between Bible Study and Disciple-Making. True˄North is written so that one does not need prior Bible education and is ideal for a new Christian or church laity. Nevertheless, those with a Bible education will find True˄North to be a refreshing approach to the Word of God and spiritual formation. The expectation is that a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ will develop through careful teaching on reading-understanding-applying the Word and demonstrated in discipling others.
As a Superintendent overseeing a region of churches, I highly recommend Dr. David Smith’s, True˄North for pastors and church laity. All aspects of Church education can integrate True˄North, including Bible Study, discipleship, Christian teacher training, and membership classes. The synthesis of Bible Study, Disciple-Making, and Wesleyan theology is written so that the laity can understand. This synthesized approach is vital for the future of the Church. I am thrilled that Dr. Smith has invested his time and energy by taking nearly 40 years of academic and pastoral experience to deliver a guidebook to the Church into Disciple-Making Bible study. This ministry is an investment that will surely pay eternal dividends.
– Rev. Ronald L. Adkins II, M.Div., S.T.M., Ph.D. (Candidate), East Central Conference Superintendent
As I sit here and contemplate a remarkable journey through True ^ North, Disciple-Making in the Word, a few words come to mind; Courage to engage in a deeper study of God’s Word, Community in which to grow and Disciple-making in action. I count it a privilege to have been the travel guide through True ^ North.
– Ron Darr, Layman at New Hope Church in Columbia City, Indiana
The True North discipleship material has been transformative in my life and those I am leading through it. We meet on Sunday mornings to discuss what we are studying through the week and God is meeting with us. We really feel His presence as we dive into the Word and seek to know Him more. A few weeks ago, my college-age daughter who is in the class said, “Dad, Sunday School was exciting today.” I had never heard anyone say these words before, but I agreed. It was all I could do to facilitate the discussion, honesty, and enthusiasm that day. Something amazing is happening in our church that I haven’t felt in a long, long time. God is on the move. Thank you Dr. Dave for “seeing” us and what we need.
– Nathan Lowe, Assistant Professor & Department Chair, School of Educational Leadership
True^North is a clear and comprehensive guide to interpreting and applying Scripture. Dr. Smith walks alongside the reader throughout the entire book, highlighting and demonstrating the importance of each step in the Bible-reading process. I am confident any person of any spiritual maturity could use this workbook and walk away a better reader of the Word and follower of Christ.
– Lindsey Gorveatte, Director of Soul Exercises, Never The Same
“True North” will take believers from hearers of the Word to studiers, interpreters, and doers of the Word! It is the basics of a Bible degree made accessible for every believer. True North teaches study techniques that are practical, helpful, and essential for every Christian as they study God’s Word.
-Shawna Goldstein, B.S. Biblical Literature and Christian Education, Author