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Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. What is Fishers of Men Now?
Q. Why relational evangelism versus other evangelism styles?
Q. How does Fishers of Men prepare people for relational evangelism?
Q. To what age group does Fishers of Men relate?
Q. Where can I use the Fishers of Men series?
Q. How many weeks does it take to complete a study?
Q. Can people join a unit after it has started?
Q. Do we have to take the units in given order?
Q. How do I learn how to facilitate and coach the team rather than just teach?
Q. Do I have to be an accomplished leader and teacher to lead the Fishers of Men series?
Q. How do I get started?

Q. What is Fishers of Men Now?

A. Fishers of Men Now is a discipleship ministry that prepares people for relational evangelism.
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Q. Why relational evangelism versus other evangelism styles?

A. Jesus said in John 10:5 that sheep will not follow strangers. Neither will people. Even those who come to faith through an evangelistic event still need relationships to nurture their walk with Christ.
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Q. How does Fishers of Men prepare people for relational evangelism?

A. The Fishers of Men series of workbooks that are designed for group study. These groups may be large or as small as two people. The workbooks consist of the following titles:

Committing to His Call

Proclaiming the Promised Messiah

Telling God’s Good News

Relational Evangelism

*See the bookstore for detailed descriptions.
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Q. To what age group does Fishers of Men relate?

A. People from the ages of 11-78 have taken the Fishers of Men series. Teens and college students enjoy it for the same reason adults do. It is interactive and experiential rather than lecture-based.
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Q. Where can I use the Fishers of Men series?

A. Any group would enjoy this series. Here are some suggestions.

Christian School classes
Evangelistic teams
Homeschool classes
Community Bible studies
Senior’s groups

Youth groups
Women’s groups
Office Bible studies
Men’s groups
Mid-week electives

College groups
Campus ministries
Home groups
Sunday School

*Note: Fishers of Men is designed for people committed to following Christ and becoming fishers of men for Him. This discipleship ministry is not geared for casual attenders. People should commit to the majority of the sessions.
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Q. How many weeks does it take to complete a study?

A. Each workbook contains six to nine sessions. However, the time required to complete a session may vary depending on the pace of the group and the amount of time given to each session. Home study groups that can dedicate 90 minutes to a session will cover more ground than a Sunday school class that has 45 minutes. Those who study the session first at home and then discuss it as a group will make faster progress than those who do not. People who enjoy a slower pace will take longer than others.

Fishers of Men Now promotes a different philosophy than most educational models. “Completion” is not measured by spending a certain amount of time on a topic. The unit is considered “complete” when the team accomplishes the goals and objectives laid out in the unit. The class works on these goals and objective together in small groups during class time. Like everything in life, some objectives may be accomplished sooner than anticipated while others take longer. The group will start out on the following session where they left off in the prior session.
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Q. Can people join a unit after it has started?

A. Yes. If they join within the first two to three weeks, someone could help them get caught up provided they have a Student’s Manual. Otherwise, it would be better to have them join when the next unit begins. They would be disoriented if they tried to participate with the group in the last few weeks of a unit because the students are studying, testing each other, completing objectives, and giving reports to each other on their progress. For those reasons, it is best to close the group after a few weeks.
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Q. Do we have to take the units in given order?

A. It is recommended to take the unit in the order given but not required. Each unit can stand alone but may include comments about the prior and the upcoming unit.
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Q. How do I learn how to facilitate and coach the team rather than just teach?

A. The Leader’s Manual organizes each lesson in a step-by-step fashion that will lead the group to accomplish all their main goals and objectives by the end of the unit. If you desire deeper insights into the discipleship dynamics, structures and tools used, read the book titled, Leadership Training. It is available in the bookstore. It will help you lead with greater wisdom and confidence.
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Q. Do I have to be an accomplished leader and teacher to lead the Fishers of Men series?

A. Not at all. All you have to do is provide the opportunity for people to come together and learn together. You can and will learn right along with others in a small group. You will learn from the insights of others as well as sharing your own.
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Q. How do I get started?

A. If you are the type that likes to jump in and get going, all you have to do is talk to others about joining you, order the study titled “Committing to His Call” and go! Each manual provides step-by-step direction. If you like to prepare upfront and understand the philosophy and reasons for the new discipleship format, you will benefit by first reading Book 1, titled “Leadership Training.”
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