The resources at pursueGOD.org are great for men’s groups and individual mentoring among men. Use this as the first conversation for your group. Send this link out ahead of time and make sure everyone comes ready to talk about it. Here are the basics:
The Basic Tool: Conversations
In a word, our online resources are about “conversations”. Our goal is to share a biblical worldview – one that is shaped by the timeless truths of the Bible. We believe that all people can benefit from solid, biblical ideas – even if they don’t consider themselves Christians. Use our resources first to gain wisdom for everyday life, and tackle issues of faith when the time is right. Men’s groups are encouraged to start with conversations from the men’s page at pursueGOD.org/men.
The Basic Method: FLEX
We recommend a simple 3-step method for using our resources in your men’s group:
- Find a topic. Do this each week, and let a different guy pick the topic every time.
- Learn about it. The topic should go out a few days in advance, giving everyone time to watch the video and come ready to talk. This get’s everyone on the same page.
- Explore it together. When you get together for group, let someone summarize the topic briefly in his own words. Then use the discussion questions – or add some of your own – to spark a meaningful conversation. You might want to check out the small group ground rules.
The Basic Goal: Full Circle
The ultimate goal of men’s groups using our resources is to go “full circle” in a pursuit of God. Every journey is different and everyone has their own pace in a pursuit of God. But at the end of the day, here’s what we believe every man can ultimately experience:
- Trusting Jesus. This is how we start a relationship with God – by personally trusting in the work of Jesus on the cross and submitting ourselves to God. It starts at our defining moment of faith and continues throughout our lives.
- Honoring God. This is how we live as Christian men. God wants us to live by an honor code, and other men are important in spurring that on in our lives.
- Helping Others. Men are called to lead. Your group will model a simple method with simple tools to equip you to mentor others – at home, work or church.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- Describe one of the best conversations you’ve ever had. What made it so powerful?
- On a scale of 1-10, how good are you at starting conversations? What kinds of topics are easiest for you to talk about? Hardest?
- What are some topics you’d like to discuss in the coming weeks? Make a list.
- Where do you think God might be calling you to lead? Give yourself a grade on how you’re doing so far.
- Have you ever been a part of a men’s group or a mentoring relationship? If so, explain what you liked about it. What are some of the things you didn’t like about it? Talk about some of the ground rules for this group.
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.