Fishing Together

A dynamic approach to reaching unbelievers through your small group.

Below is a 12-step approach any small group can use to target and reach your network of nonbelievers through "fishing" together as a team (New Testament style — Matthew 4:19: "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men.")

  1. Each member targets one person from his or her immediate connection of nonbelievers for the group's oikos list.

  2. Members commit to initiate a time with their oikos person within the next several weeks for the purpose of building their relationship (lunch, working out, bowling, canning, golf, dessert, camping, basketball, etc.)

  3. At each of the following group gatherings members are asked to share about their contacts.

  4. In pairs or as a group the small group diligently prays for the people on the oikos list and the contacts with them.

  5. After several weeks of initiating contacts a "harvest event" is scheduled for one month later (game night, pizza party, picnic, bonfire, etc.)

  6. During this time each small group member should initiate at least one more contact with their oikos person.

  7. The group should continue to share contact experiences with each other when the group gathers each week.

  8. Members begin inviting their oikos persons to the harvest event.

  9. At least one entire gathering should be devoted to praying for the oikos people before the harvest event. Pray the roadblocks that stand between them and Christ will be removed and the ways that Satan has blinded their eyes would be taken away, so that they would begin to be open to Jesus and His love for them. (2 Corinthians 4:4: "The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.)

  10. At the harvest event, knock yourself out to make everyone feel welcomed! What will draw them is when they begin to see true Christian love and authentic relationships among your group and your willingness to extend to them.

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