The Christian Mastermind Group

Two years ago, a friend of mine came to me with the idea of creating a Christian Mastermind Group. We went on to call it the Coweta Eagles Group, modeled after a group formed by Dan Miller, author of 48 Days to the Work You Love. We also borrowed some ideas from Tommy Newberry, author of the 4:8 Principle.

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The idea of a Christian Mastermind Group is expressed by 2+2=5. I know–terrible math. But what that’s saying is that when you bring good minds together, the whole– or the end result–is greater than the sum of the parts. And when God is directing those minds, the possibilities skyrocket.

As a general rule, I’ve noticed that few men normally group together just for spiritual reasons. Yes, we have our sports, our deer camps, our fish camps, our golf outings, but how many mens’ groups do you know that gather strictly to talk about Christ and life? I believe that men (and women too) want more than the predictable 2+2=4. They want to know how the teachings of Christ and the Bible impact their life. How does the spiritual rubber hit the pothole-filled road of this world?

Enter the Christian Mastermind Group. I’m not suggesting that this men’s group template is the BEST model. It is a very good model. Remember my previous post–I’m not arguing for a particular how. But hopefully this will give you some ideas for structuring your own group.

    At the start, we formed a charter that defines the group and spells out some ground rules. Begin your group with at least one committed partner

    Each man commits to a year, but after that year they may choose to leave.
    We meet every other Saturday morning, and the meetings run from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. We begin and end with a short prayer.
    Group size is kept close to 6 – 8 members.
    We follow a written schedule. Each meeting, a different man brings breakfast and another man leads the group in a talk.
    So we have a different speaker each time. We call each topic The Big Idea.
    The Big Idea can be a traditional Bible study or a topic that addresses different areas of life: family, work, creativity, leadership, personal growth, health & fitness, etc. All through a Christian perspective.
    The group is relationship driven–not curriculum driven. Although we do use books, videos, presentations to share and strengthen our relationship.
    With each man contributing, it ramps up the engagement and commitment of each group member. Often, the best way to learn something is to teach.
    If a man wants to bring a challenge or personal problem to the group, then we step up the mastermind effort. One man brought us a challenge facing his business. I have asked for counsel on what direction to go with my writing. Others share issues going on in their families. The group is flexible and adaptable.

It’s my dream that this group will spin off into other groups in the years to come. The world could always take a few more good men sitting around and talking about how to improve their lives and their families’ lives. And doing it for God’s glory.

    “Just as iron sharpens iron, friends sharpen the minds of each other.” Proverbs 27:16-18 (CEV)

What about you? Are you involved with a group of men or women and is that group helping you reach new heights as a Christ Follower?

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6 Responses to The Christian Mastermind Group

  1. stevenkopp says:

    I like the idea of distributed teaching. In general, it can be hard to get guys to increase engagement and “ownership” of a group like this. I can see how that would help, and would help the men increase in their own knowledge/skill.

  2. I do not belong to such a group, but would like to. I admire the commitment and dedication you all have to prompt one another’s growth.

    • Thanks, Henry! It’s interesting, because the friend that I mentioned in the post, I actually met him through the 48 Day Network. He lives here in my community and is a writer/author.

  3. SARA NAVA ROJA says:

    Brother Scott, thaank you for this message. Sara

    On Thu, May 9, 2013 at 6:33 PM, Trails of Life

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