Missional Training # 14 – The Fishless Fisherman


Over the last few months, our core team has done a lot of training and talking about Missional Communities, Planting a Church, and reaching out to the lost.  Yet there’s a real danger in this, that we might continue simply talking and mistake it as faithfulness.  We need to not only talk about the faith and about mission, but live it as well. 

Watch the following video and consider the questions below:

  1. Have you given into this same theory of the Christian life?
  2. How can we keep ourselves from falling into living as a theorist rather than a practitioner?

Mike Breen and Alex Absalom talk about the process of building a credible gospel witness and growing your MC in their Launching Missional Communities: a field guide.  They speak of five stages of growing an MC, Sowing, Sowing, Sowing, Reaping, Keeping.  Below is an illustration of each stage similar to what they present, along with their descriptions of each stage.

As we plant this church and begin our Missional Communities, we will all need to be involved in building relationships with the unchurched.  Yet, we do the work together.  Your job as an individual probably wont be to bring the person through each of those stages.  Rather, each individual will probably be more gifted and inclined to be involved at certain stages.  In each case, the job of each member will be to introduce these unchurched people to other members of the MC who can partner with you in loving on, witnessing, and sharing life with them. 

Think again of the people who are in your life.

  1. Who is in your life that needs Christ? 
  2. How are you strengthening your relationship with them? When was the last time you had dinner with them, hung out with them, invited them to a social gathering or event?
  3. Are you praying for them?
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About Ted Torreson

I'm a Husband, Father, Pastor & Church planter

Posted on February 22, 2012, in church planting, missional communities, Missional Living, Missional Training, Sharing the Gospel, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I love the video that you posted. I’ve heard the story before, but I hadn’t seen it done with a video. I might even borrow it, and post it on my blog if it’s okay. Did you put that together yourself, or is that from someone else?

    • I wish I had that kind of skill to make a video like that. This video was put together by The Way of the Master, Kirk Camron and Ray Comfort’s evangelism orginization. They’ve got a lot of good material. I used to evangelize with their methods, but found that It could easily become pushy and cold and because it’s street evangelism, there would be no way to follow up with anyone I witnessed to. Their material is worthwile, but I tend to use some of their techniques as handles to share the gospel with people I already am in relationship with. As for the video, I think it’s their intention that you share it. It’s something we all need to be reminded of, to not just talk about living the Christian life but actually do it as well.

  2. Reblogged this on MMM — Munson Mission Musings and commented:
    I had been looking for the story of the Fishermen who don’t fish, but somehow couldn’t find it. I thought it was a Joseph Bayly story, but I guess not. Howevever, this is a really nice article that includes a video version of the parable. Enjoy!!

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