I am no fisherman (in the natural, that is)! On the few occasions when I have tried fishing, I have never caught anything. In fact, I vividly remember one occasion when Tony and I were taken fishing by some friends on a shrimping boat in Canada. It was a spectacular setting, mountains in the background, and a beautiful sunset, and the fish were biting. Our companions on the boat were reeling in the fish one after another, but neither Tony nor I caught a single one! I think the fish were laughing at us!
The problem? I lack the core skills. I have never been taught how to fish.
One of the problems that many people face when leaving the "legacy" church and involving in simple/organic church is that they have not been trained in some of the core skills needed when reaching out to others. In the past these things have often been left to the "professional." So what are some of these core skills?
- The ability to tell a variety of stories appropriate to any situation without using "Christianese."
- The recognition of a person of peace.
- Being able to naturally introduce spiritual topics into a conversation.
- Having the confidence/faith to pray for somebody and if God doesn't show up, we look stupid!
- Knowing how to pray for healing, inner healing, deliverance etc.
- Recognizing a "ripe" harvest field.
Any other ideas? Are there any of these you would like us to discuss further?