The Fisherman’s Net is a friendly, safe place to learn about God and have a network of support to help you through life. We believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. That means we try to do what Jesus said: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
The Fisherman’s Net Christian Church has been an influence in the lives of thousands of people under the 50-year leadership of the now-retiring Pastor Alex Silva. Its beginnings were quite modest and it has more or less remained that way over the decades. When our country had its share of turmoil and unrest in the late 1960s and early 1970s, God responded to the prayers of His people and sent fresh winds of Holy Spirit activity to the earth. Southeast Michigan was fortunate to be one of those areas to experience it. Specifically, pockets throughout the tri-county area of metro Detroit encountered God’s grace and forgiveness, resulting in repentance and transformed lives from a diverse array of religious backgrounds.
God met the disillusioned, yet hungry and searching in barber shops, church basements, city parks and in high school & college auditoriums. It was here the Fisherman’s Net was birthed. Fortunate to partner with a few established churches, the young men and women of the Net studied the Holy Scriptures, devoured the ‘red letters’ of Jesus, and lived out the Great Commission of Matthew 28:19 – 20. We adopted Matthew 4:19 “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men” as our placard and as core to our mission and vision.
When our membership burgeoned to 350 – 400 at one point, approximately 100 members formed another congregation closer to the city of Detroit’s urban setting they desired to reach. We financially supported this ‘sister’ church during their first year, and continue to work together on outreaches occasionally. Currently, we have a congregation of about 100 families and average Sunday in-building attendance is 80 people, while others join via Facebook Live or podcasts.
Demographically, we are an older suburban, middle-class church. We are mostly between mid 40s and into our 70s. There are a handful of young families with children and a few young singles.
Our church was quite mission-focused and our members have traveled across most of the world. Additionally, local outreach is a priority for our spending of time and money.
While we realize when a long-serving pastor leaves, it can be troublesome for the congregation and for the incoming pastor, we believe our members are mature and dedicated to the service of Jesus, more so than to a single individual. We believe the words of Philippians 1:6 apply to our body of believers: “being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Who We Are
We’re large enough to have people of all ages and backgrounds, and to offer quality child care – but we’re small enough to be a place to build friendships and connections with people who live their faith every day. By the way, you don’t have to get all dressed up for church – we’re pretty informal that way!
What to Expect
You can expect a group of down-to-earth believers (young, old, and in-between) who want to spread the truth about Christ and how He helps us to live our lives.
What We Do
We’ve been around for almost 50 years, and through the love and light of Jesus Christ, we’ve been able grow to teach, serve, and prepare people of all ages for a life of faith – a changed life, with more confidence and peace even in the middle of all the trouble and stress that sometimes comes with living on this earth.
The Fisherman’s Net was founded in February of 1970 through Frank Majewski–a man who became very familiar with God’s mercy in his life.
Frank was involved in a lifestyle on the streets and developed a well-known persona among local police in the Warren area. Frank’s life changed dramatically after sustaining a gunshot wound to the face. Lying on a gurney in the hospital that night as a young teenager, Frank realized he had a choice to make. He could continue a life filled with destruction and turmoil, or turn his life around. Frank decided to pursue a positive life worth living but not for himself; instead, Frank decided to dedicate his life to Jesus Christ and share the love and hope he brings.
As a barber, Frank shared his testimony with local customers curious about this newfound faith. After receiving permission from the shop owner, Frank started Bible studies after hours in the evenings. Week by week, Frank’s meetings increased in numbers–some nights gathering dozens of customers and friends. He soon realized that a different venue for these meetings was necessary, so he relocated to vacant property behind the Warren City Hall.
More and more young people came to know the Lord through these meetings. Frank then approached the pastor of St. Sylvester’s Church and asked to use their social hall. The Friday night meetings drew hundreds, week in and week out, to hear the message of Christ. The Fisherman’s Net became incorporated in 1973 and formed the Fisherman’s Net Church in 1975.
Finally, in 1987, the Fisherman’s Net Church moved to its current location in Utica where we continue our legacy by spreading the Gospel.
A book was written by Sally Zito about Frank’s life and the events that brought him to Christ. The title of the book is, BRING HIM TO ME: THE FRANK MAJEWSKI STORY and is available on Amazon.com.