Spread Out Your Outreach Attempts

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I have always liked fishing. Since I was a little kid I have enjoyed getting out on the water and going after fish – all kinds of fish. I have never been all that exclusive in my quest, I just love bringing in as many fish as possible. As a kid I was so enamored with fishing I used various illegal approaches. I had fish traps made out of mesh. I sometimes used explosives to bring them in. I even tried using electricity in the water to shock fish into my bag. I wasn’t embarrassed about my penchant for catching. It is perhaps incorrect to say that I love “fishing”. It’s not the culture of it that I was taken by. It’s the notion of bringing in of fish that got me excited, regardless of how it happened. You could say most accurately, I loved catching!

I have seen that Servant Evangelism is particularly effective in that it uses various forms of God’s kindness to bring in a variety of types of fish. Different kinds of baits attract different kinds of fish.

If we hope to attract lots of fish — and that is the name of the game if we are professional fisher people — we must try for a number of kinds of fish. To have just one pole in the water isn’t going to cut it. Since we are trying to attract a lot of different kinds of fish, let’s put lots of poles in the water. We are bound to catch something. Maybe God will bless and we will come back with a record catch as the Disciples did on occasion. Let’s do a carwash while we also give away bottles of water and clean windshields with a different team.

Steve has spoken, mentored and modeled to churches and leaders around the world with the simple message that anyone – regardless of their gifting or experience – can be involved in bringing God’s loving kindness to others. His first book, Conspiracy of Kindness has been translated into several languages with more in the works. His first book has sold over 300,000 copies. Altogether his books have sold over 500,000 copies.