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Fishing On The Other Side is about following Jesus and obeying His command to make disciples. Jesus told His first disciples that if they were to follow Him, He would teach them how to fish for people. They already knew how to catch fish, but now they would be catching people with the gospel. The principles for reaching people and catching fish are similar. What I’ve learned about fishing, I’ve also learned to apply to making disciples of Jesus:

1. You have to go where the people are.

2. You have to use different techniques and tools to reach different kinds of people.

3. In order to reach people who want to be reached, it helps to think like a spiritually lost person.

This book has a particular focus on utilizing the technological tools available to churches today to reach people whose lives are shaped by those same tools. In a time when the majority of churches are in a state of decline all over North America and the old tools and techniques of evangelism do not seem to be working as well, it is time that we adjust our techniques and start fishing on the other side.

Fishing Lessons

  • How to Evangelize Like Jesus

    In his classic book, In His Steps, Charles M. Sheldon challenges us to always ask, "What would Jesus do?" in each situation. Although the phrase has become trite in recent years, I think that Sheldon's words are still good advice.   Read More...

  • Developing Digital Discipleship Pathways September 5, 2019

    Come and Join our Orlando City Group gathering from 10 am to 12 noon on Thursday, September 5 at Fist Baptist Church of Orlando: 3000 S John Young Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32805, Faith Hall Room 353. I will be leading the discussion on Developing Digital Discipleship Pathways. I will be share some concepts from my new book, Fishing On The Other Side: A Guide To Being The Church in The Digital Age. In the digital age, we have numerous opportunities to evangelize and disciple new people in very...  Read More...

  • Going Viral With the Gospel

    When a message goes viral, it multiplies and spreads rapidly from one source to the next until it saturates a region with its contents. In Fishing On The Other Side, I talk about taking the gospel viral. As the body of Christ, we have the tools and resources to spread the salvation message of Jesus to every person on the planet in a very short period time. Viral messages are spread through social media when people who perceive the value of a particular message share it with their friends wh...  Read More...

  • The Difference Between Search Engine Marketing and Search Engine Optimization

    In my book, Fishing On The Other Side, I talk about Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Search Engine Marketing (SEM) for churches.  SEO is all about non-paid or organic optimization of your church's website so that it performs better in internet searches. SEM involves purchasing paid advertisements that display at the top of search engine results pages (SERP's).   Read More...

  • Search Engine Optimization For Churches

    You can optimize your church website to make it easier for search engines to crawl, index and display information about your church. You’ll want to do this because, since 2000, search engines have been the #1 source of information gathering in America. Internet search engines are relied upon more than family or friends as sources of information.   Read More...

  • Reaching The 99

    Ninety-Nine percent  of the people who visit your church will visit your church website first and 99% of the people who visit your church website will never visit your church. To validate this statistic, take a look at your church website analytics and see how many unique website visitors that you've had over the past 30 days. Now, count how many people visited one of your church gatherings for the first time over that same period.   Read More...

  • Who Wants To Be Reached?

    He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them.” (John 6:65)After reading the Introduction to  Fishing On The Other Side, Pastor John Alexander emailed his response regarding "people who want to be reached". As I stated in the  book, there are thousands of people who live near you and the place where your church gathers for worship who want to be reached with the gospel. However, not everyone know...  Read More...

  • The Golden Rule of Evangelism

    posted by: Mark Weible from Fishing on The Other Side: While speaking to a group of pastors in Jacksonville, I asked this question, "What is the Golden Rule of evangelism?" No one in the room answered the question. Perhaps, they had never been asked that question before and they were expecting some clever answer from me. I simply shared Matthew 7:12 with them:So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.I reminded the grou...  Read More...

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