An Invitation to My Mentoring Group

I’m sorry but the application period for this group has now expired. If everything goes according to plan, I will launch a new group for 2012. Stay tuned.

Almost every week, I get a request from someone looking for a mentor. Frankly, I always find it difficult to say “no.” I think this is probably because I have profited so much from the various mentors I have had throughout my life and career. I also know how difficult it can be to find a good mentor.

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As a result, I have been considering starting a mentoring group for several months now. My goal is to impact the lives of younger men in a way that points them toward an integrated Christian life.

I believe you can be a devoted Christ-follower, loving husband and father, successful businessman, dedicated church member, caring friend, and serious disciple-maker, while taking care of yourself physically—all at the same time. From my perspective, helping people do this is what mentoring is all about.

I should quickly point out that this is NOT because I have life all figured out. I don’t. I continue to struggle and fall. But I have learned a few things along the way and want to share those with a few good men.

As I mentioned in my blog on Monday, after months of thought and prayer, I had developed a really detailed mentoring plan. I was just about to announce it when—thankfully!—someone told me about Mentor Like Jesus by Regi Campbell. As a result, I changed some of my thinking and decided to adopt his program, Next Generation Mentoring (NGM), as my own.

I plan to start my group this coming January. If you are interested—and live in the greater Nashville area—please continue reading. I will outline the details for you. If you are a leader, thinking about starting your own group, this will give you an idea of what is involved in starting an NGM group.

Purpose of the Group

We will spend significant time on understanding who we are from God’s perspective and how we can excel in our work and in our communities. We will work on establishing priorities, work/life balance, dealing with sexual temptation, making good decisions, leadership, and godly character. We will spend time on relating to our wives and raising our children. We will especially focus on what it means to have a vibrant, living relationship with Jesus Christ.

Criteria for Participating

Who is this mentoring group for? I am looking for eight men who meet the following criteria:

  • Residents of the greater Nashville, Tennessee area, as I will be hosting the meetings in my home.
  • Devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
  • Broken men, who are hungry for growth.
  • Married career men who are in their late 20s or 30s.
  • If already parents, children under 12.
  • Humble men, willing to look at themselves in the mirror and make changes to improve, and, at the same time willing to accept direct, personal, and comprehensive feedback without being defensive.
  • Willingness to replicate the mentoring process at least once with eight other men sometime in the future.

Format of the Program

The program involves a monthly meeting (from 7:00–10:00 p.m.) at my home, one extended session (approximately six hours), one weekend retreat, ten significant reading assignments and memorizing about twenty scriptures (two per month). We will begin with a launch event on Tuesday, January 12, and end with a weekend retreat of celebration at the end of the year. (This is a one-year program.)

The meetings aren’t optional. The group will settle on a schedule and stick to it. A premium is placed on timeliness, preparation and respect for everyone else in the group. You will likely have to make some tough business and family decisions in order to honor your commitment to me and to the group. 

The Cost to You

If you are involved in graduate studies, or already overextended in other commitments, then you should probably pass on this opportunity. Although not onerous, the requirements are consistent and they will take focused time, both to attend the sessions and to do the reading and memory work. 

The cost of the materials and books is $200. The cost for the retreat will be divided by the members of the group. (I have yet to finalize the plans for this.) The $200 will be due to Next Generation Mentoring at the kickoff, which, as I mentioned previously, is planned for January 12. You MUST attend this launch event in person in order to participate in the program—no exceptions.

Really, really think about this. Pray about it. Talk to your wife. She will be asked to sign the covenant with you, committing her support as you attend the sessions and retreat, read the books, and do the homework assignments. If you are lukewarm, don’t pursue it; you will be taking a slot that someone else might really want and need.

The Application Process

If you conclude that you are interested, click on this link to apply. The application process will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Once you’ve begun the application, you cannot leave it and return. You’ll need to finish it at one sitting.

You will be asked to indicate your acceptance of the NGM Covenant as part of the on-line application, as will your wife. So it’s important that you talk through the commitment with her before you begin the application. You can download a PDF copy of the covenant by clicking here. (Please read both pages.)

The deadline for applications is Friday, December 18, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. CST. This is a firm date so apply as soon as you and your spouse are together on the commitment.

Acceptance

Once I get all the applications in, I will prayerfully review them. I will then select eight men to be part of the group. I will notify you via email by December 31, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. CST whether have been selected or not.

Note: Much of the content for this post came directly from the Next Generation Mentoring recruitment material, which is copyrighted and used by permission.
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  • Andy

    What a wonderful idea! I wish something similar had been available to me as a young man. Having attained geezer status, I can look back and see how much easier my life might have been if I hadn't had to learn everything in the school of hard knocks.

    I also like your idea of replication: Jesus made disciples and the disciples replicated by making disciples. Your plan for replication will, over time, change a lot of lives for the better.

    All the best in this endeavor.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Andy, perhaps you should consider starting a group yourself. One thing I hope to accomplish with this post s to encourage others to be mentors!

  • http://dmbaldwin.wordpress.com Dave Baldwin

    My thoughts exactly! Could you mentor us who have attained "geezer status" on how to mentor? I believe God has called me to mentor younger leaders during this next season of my life. I've been reading everything I can find on mentoring.
    Blessings on you Michael!
    Dave

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      No, but Regi can! (See my post from yesterday.) His book, Mentor Like Jesus, will convince you can do it!

      • http://dmbaldwin.wordpress.com Dave Baldwin

        Will do. Thank you!
        Dave

  • http://LiveIntentionally.org Paul Steinbrueck

    Very cool, Michael. I love your heart for pouring into other people. If I lived in the Nashville area I would be filling out the application instead of typing this comment.

  • http://twitter.com/JasonGrubbs @JasonGrubbs

    I echo Paul's sentiments. This sounds like such a great experience! I think I meet all of your criteria except living in the Nashville area…I really admire your willingness to take on a project like this, and wish you and the men you're going to mentor the very best. Please keep us updated on how things go.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Will do. I'm sure I will be writing about it from time to time.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/human3rror human3rror

    wow! this is great!

  • Anthony

    Michael,

    Awesome! Glad to see you put something like this together. What about folks who are not in the Nashville area? Any chance of getting connected in some way?

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      You might check with Next Generation Mentoring. They may know of something. One of the things that really motivates me is raising up the next generation of mentors, so that people have more options.

    • Sue Chancy

      I have been part of a mentoring group in Moultrie, Ga….a wonderful book has been written "Multiplying Disciples" by David R. Hopkins ….tells the story of an explosion of mentors in this small town…..excellent reading for someone wanting to be mentor or to be a mentoree….this book can be purchased from David Brown of Good Samaritan Couseling – Moultrie, Georgia….only 160 pages.

  • http://www.jennicatron.tv Jenni Catron

    This is one of those times I wish I was a guy. :) I love that you are doing this. Thank you for investing in the lives of others in such a big way!

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      I know. Limiting it to guys was a difficult decision—especially since I have five daughters!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/MichaelSGray MichaelSGray

    I've researched all the ways I could pull off a weekly commute from Phoenix, but have come to the realization that my wife would never sign off on that! :)

    This sounds like a tremendous opportunity. I wish you the best.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

    It would only be monthly!

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/MichaelSGray MichaelSGray

      See, now you're just toying with me.

      I stand corrected, but my wife still stands unpersuaded.

  • http://www.RonEdmondson.com Ron Edmondson

    Michael, I love this. I have been involved in mentoring relationships for many years and have benefited from them greatly. My first mentor made me promise that he would mentor me only as long as I committed to mentoring others. I have tried to honor his request over the years.

    With this new focus on coaching networks and mentoring groups such as you are doing, I, too, have been praying through this. I haven't read the book, but plan to soon. Your format is exactly what I would choose. I think it is hard to mentor people in places you haven't personally been.

    Thanks for investing in others and being a true Kingdom-builder. You have personally invested in me beyond what you will know. I do not know of a successful leader such as yourself that is as approachable and intentional about helping others as you are.

    God bless,
    Ron

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Ron. I appreciate SO MUCH your kind words. You would be an awesome mentor to anyone.

  • http://twitter.com/AndreaAresca @AndreaAresca

    It would be wonderful to partecipate in this program….
    Hope I will find a mentor in my "country" soon.
    Just want to share my appreciation for your idea and your vision.
    God bless you!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/mattdevries @mattdevries

    Michael: I have been following your posts and tweets foreshadowing this opportunity. As I was driving home from work last night, I wondered what the "opportunity" would be and how I would respond. I questioned: Where am I in each area of my life (faith, family, career, community)? What are my strengths? Weaknesses? Where do I want to be in 1,5,10 years? Having now seen the details, I am excited at the chance to join your group. My wife and I will be having some long talks and prayer time over the next couple of weeks to see if this is right for us. Thanks for your leadership.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      That's awesome, Mark. Yes, do pray about it. If I can answer any questions, let me know. You might also watch the videos on the Next Generation Mentoring Site.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1260484565 Donald James Parker

    Wow. What a great opportunity to impact some young lives. I pray that the experience is rewarding for all parties involved. God is building His kingdom. May the Lord bless you for donating your time and talent to His cause.
    Donald James Parker
    Author of Homeless Like Me

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/ClayofCO ClayofCO

    OK, in reference to the first two comments, at what age does one officially reach "geezer status"? And when does one then graduate to "wheezer" status?

    Your post has me rethinking my mens Bible study. I called it Kindlers with the idea of "keep the fire burning" from 2 Timothy 1:7, but the last few meetings the fire has been waning. Your post is getting me thinking about rethinking the purpose of the group. I feel like I need a mentoring group to keep my fire burning, too, but at 58 I know it's time to take whatever God has put into me and begin investing it in the lives of younger men. I need to spread the flame (thanks to Greg Stielstra for the metaphor). Thanks for the example and the encouragement. I'll be reading Regi's book.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      I'm not sure when those stages begin. I have been 30 years old for about 24 years now. ;-)

  • http://resonategroup.com Kerry Bural

    This is great Michael. Thanks for all you are doing for the Kingdom!

  • http://www.rose-publishing.com Gretchen Goldsmith

    This is great, Mike. Go for it.

    My mentoring work has been with welfare mothers. It has been wonderful because no one is more desperate for change, more eager to do well with their children, and more hungry for God than these women. It takes years and the growth is slow…but powerful and satisfying.

    I wish more women would become mentors. These single mothers don’t need money nearly as much as they need a good friend who spends time with them and points them to faith. The key is learning to trust in a God who is in charge and is in the business of binding wounds and lifting people up. Walking, talking, and doing laundry together is a healing and nurturing ministry–for everyone involved.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Gretchen, I love that you are doing this with welfare mothers! Wow! This is the Gospel in action. Love it!

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  • Aaron C

    Great idea, Michael! I plan on applying for one of the eight spots.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Awesome, Aaron!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/klreed189 Kyle Reed

    This is great to see and read.
    The men that are going to be apart of this group are going to be blessed by your mentoring and you also will be blessed by mentoring them and will learn right along with them.

    My hope is that people will read this and realize that they have the tools to mentor and get out of the seats and into the game.

    My dream: that one day everyone will have a mentor guiding them in life.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      That's my dream, too. Ideally, it would start with dads. Unfortunately, families are so broken today that that rarely happens.

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/klreed189 Kyle Reed

        You are exactly right. I have heard several dads complain about how their kids do not know how to spend money or take any responsibility and my normal response is "well usually they learn that from their parents."

        It starts in the home and moves into the church. Sometimes the church plays the father to the fatherless.

        I am working hard on making this dream a reality.

  • Josh

    I was part of the NGM pilot program at North Point Church in Atlanta this year. This is a phenomenal program. If you have the opportunity to get involved, I can't recommend it more highly.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      That is GREAT to hear. Thanks for sharing.

  • Dion Govender

    Splendid idea Michael, it stirs my heart when I hear of men willing to make the time to walk along side (and open their home to) other men.I never knew my father but I thank God for a core group of men around me, to whom I look to for advice and mentoring. My mom did the best that she could and I think I turned out ok, but I sincerely believe that there’s just some lessons in life that only men can impart to other men.The last few years for me has been a huge learning curve, with God helping me to to re-define my ideas of masculinity, leadership, integrity etc. My prayers are with you and the fortunate eight.

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  • http://intensedebate.com/people/billwolfe billwolfe

    What a fantastic idea. I love your servant heart. Thanks for all that you're doing! You've motivated me to take steps for setting up a similar program with some younger guys I have been praying for.

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  • http://intensedebate.com/people/lantzhoward Lantz Howard

    If there is anyone in Las Vegas, NV willing to do this I would jump on the opportunity. I need a season in my life where I can be mentored. God please allow me to connect to some new mentors.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Peter_P Peter_P

    Mike,

    Can you find me a home in the greater Nashville area and a job, so I can apply?

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      The home part, yes. The job part, may be a bit tougher!

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/Peter_P Peter_P

        Mike,

        NO! I don't believe that the great Michael Hyatt is limited…

        Surely you know of a career job somewhere that I could do

        Maybe I could plant another house church out there and work as a pastor!

        Seriously though, I have been astounded this year by your leadership, openness, responsiveness and great attitude online. I wish I could be there to apply for your group, but it's obviously not what God has planned for me right now.

        I have benefited and continue to benefit greatly from the wisdom, understanding and experience that you share online and can only imagine what an impact you're going to be able to have in the lives of your mentorees.

        I pray that God blesses you and them as you learn and grow together!

  • http://twitter.com/DaveAnthold @DaveAnthold

    This sounds like an amazing opportunity, too bad I don't live in the Nashville area and I am not married. Thanks for your leadership in this area. Blessings.

  • http://www.dailyreflectionsforsingleparents.blogspot.com/ Scoti Domeij

    This post was an instant tear gusher–as in sobbing. As a single mother who longed for a godly man to mentor my sons, I pray that some of the men in your group come from single-parent homes, because our children ARE NOT DOOMED. God promises everyone who loves him a future and a hope.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Peter_P Peter_P

      Scoti,

      Wow, when reading through these responses, yours was totally not what I expected to read on a post like this.

      I can't even begin to know how it feels to be a single mother but your heart is obvious.

      I LOVE the Church… it's such a diverse and amazing group of people – and you're one of them!!!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/dfoster7597 dfoster7597

    Mike – Thank you for answering this calling from God on your life.

  • http://www.michaelsnotes.com Michael

    Glad you are doing this. I look forward to your posts about the progress.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/matthewdbenson matthewdbenson

    Michael, How do you define "broken men"?

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Matthew, great question. By “broken men,“ I mean guys who don’t have it all together. Men who have experienced pain and defeat.

      Does that help?

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/matthewdbenson matthewdbenson

        It does, thank you. I suppose I expected something like that, but I just thought that 'broken men' sounded so harsh/derogatory, and potentially risked pushing away interesting, or interested candidates.

  • http://jeffgoins.myadventures.org Jeff

    This is great, Michael. Praying about this.

  • Randy Bosch

    Thank you for your willingness to do this. I don't qualify on a number of counts (including too much snow and a Continental Divide), but will pray (that means, actually pray!) for God's guidance for your mentoring.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Randy. I appreciate that!

  • http://www.raisetheeup.com/blog Michael Holmes

    Mike,

    I’m with Randy. I fit all but one of the criteria: I live in New York. But I will keep you in prayer.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      You could fly in!

      • http://www.raisetheeup.com/blog Michael Holmes

        I could. You are tempting me aren't you Mike:)

  • JanMM

    Makes me wish I was a man who lived in the Nashville area! Whoever does get to do this will be changed and blessed I'm sure! =)

  • http://www.gritandglory.com alece

    wow. i wish i could participate in something like this…

  • http://www.PeakPerformanceLifestyle.com John Rowley

    sounds like an incredible opportunity, I wish I lived closer!

  • Andy L

    Wonderful plan Michael, and I am so glad you are doing this in the greater Nashville community. I live in Siberia and work with a number of guys (about 20) in various mentoring/disciple making relationships. Almost all the guys are in their 20's and 30's. Our challenge is developing 40 & 50 year old men willing to share their success AND failures. I have ordered the book and look forward to seeing how your group goes in Nashville. Thanks for challenging others.

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  • http://www.christiancoachingbook.com Gary Collins

    Of course a lot of us applaud what you are doing. I think the world is filled with people who want mentors. But might I suggest humbly that many (maybe most) people want relationships more than formal programs. I think this is especially true of people in their twenties and thirties. I have been doing this for more than 50 years, meeting in coffee shops and talking about life. I call it journeying, two guys walking on the road of life together – encouraging, challenging, grappling with decisions, learning from each other. I meet every week, one-on-one with several younger leaders like this. It keeps me sharp and it's something that can be done anywhere, without formal programs. Do you agree?

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      I am honored that you would post a comment here. Yes, I enthusiastically agree that people in their 20s and 30s want relationships more than formal programs. In fact, I think that is true for almost anyone. If a program like I am starting doesn’t lead to this, then it will have failed.

      I have done much of the informal kind of mentoring, too. It can be very effective. I don’t plan to quit. This is just a slightly different tack. You might want to read Regi Campbell’s book, Mentor Like Jesus to see the distinction. I posted on it earlier this week.

  • http://www.MyGemofWisdom.com Angela Breidenbach

    Though as a woman I don't qualify for your parameters (and rightly so), I do appreciate what you are starting. I follow your blog regularly because as the new president of Full Spirit Magazine, I need others who have gone before to watch, learn from, and emulate. Your blog is a blessing.
    Angie Breidenbach

  • BettyMc

    Awesome, at the same time I was reading the blog and comments …. the person who "introduced" me to your blog just now twittered that he is applying for this opportunity.
    @joshuawhitehead Just put in an application for @MichaelHyatt's mentoring group. If you haven't heard about it, you can read more at: http://bit.ly/5DYn8C

  • Dwayne Gobin

    I love your servant's heart. I would love to be a part of it but I do have graduate studies for my M-Div.degree. God bless you our dear brother in Christ.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/GeoffL GeoffL

    Hi Michael. Just to confirm re: the criteria – I am single. Is this a dealbreaker? :) Would I have a chance of being selected? Thanks for doing this – please let me know your response. Best, Geoff

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      I’m afraid it is for this first round. I would love to start a group that for single guys, but for right now, I feel called to help married men. Thanks.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/JeffHolton Jeffrey Holton

    Oh, how I wish. I agree that Skype just isn't the right way to manage something like this.

    I don't think I'm going to ask Dina if we can move to Tennessee.

    I'm not envious, but I am remarkably excited and thrilled for whatever men get to glean from your guidance.

    (And I suspect you won't even be out here to California as much anymore, either. Does the warehouse move to the midwest mean that the whole kit and conciliarboodle is relocating, too?)

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

    This is a one-year program. Thanks.

  • david sylvester

    michael, how long does the program last? 6 mo, 12 mo, year?

  • http://twitter.com/randymiller @randymiller

    Mike-

    I sent in my app (my wife looked and said "Go!") … as a father of 4 girls (2 with us, 2 gone before us), all I know are girls…HELP!

    I hope to fill a spot and work through my brokenness. Thanks for offering this opportunity to me and my generation of husbands/fathers/leaders!

    Randy Miller, Columbia TN

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      You are welcome, Randy.

  • http://www.fuelingfaith.blogspot.com Massimo Lorenzini

    Thanks Michael for posting this. I'm a pastor who just began at a new church in New Mexico in July. When I interviewed for the position I told the committee that one of my priorites would be men's discipleship. I've been wrestling with a structure/curriculum for this emphasis and I believe I've now found it! I spoke with Chris Hornsby of Next Gen Mentoring today and am taking steps to begin a group in January, D.V. If by any remote possibility anybody reading this is from the Espanola area and would like to apply for the group, eamil me at pastor@fbcespanola.com.
    My recent post Are You in the Giving Spirit?

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  • http://simplyhis.org Lisa B @ simply His

    This sounds absolutely awesome! My only questions would be could this program be adapted for a group of women? Or is there something else you might recommend for women wanting to mentor/be mentored?
    My recent post Stop beating yourself up

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Yes, I definitely think it could be adapted for women. You might want to check with NextGenMentoring.com and see what they have. Thanks.

  • http://danryansview.com Dan Ryan

    If men of all ages are looking for another option you might consider Christian Leadership Concepts (CLC).

    CLC is a two year discipleship program that equips men to be better leaders in their homes, their church and their community.

    You can learn more at http://www.christianleadershipconcepts.org/index….

    Dan Ryan
    @that_danryan
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  • http://www.project7.com tyler merrick

    Mr. Hyatt, is there any consideration to reviewing applicants outside of the area. i would be wiling to commit and come from Dallas.
    My recent post 25 Days of Giving – Day 8

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      I don't think so. Honestly, I think that puts additional pressure on me, and I also think you would do better to find a mentor in your area. Sorry.

  • Bridget

    Wow! I wish I lived in Nashville, was male, and young! I am not any of those, but wish you the best and will definitely read "Mentor Like Jesus"!

  • http://stric9design.wordpress.com/ Patrick Turner

    Michael,

    Is there a way people who don’t live in the area or fit into the other criteria can follow what’s going on. By going on I mean the subjects, ideas etc…

    Patrick

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Not really. The only think I can suggest is to check out NextGenMentoring.com. I am using their curriculum. Thanks.

  • Bill Prettyman

    MIke, if you have not decided on curriculum material yet but want to cover a man's relationship with God and what God has to say about family, wife, money, business, evangelism and a few other topics please look at Christian Leadership Concepts (CLC). It was started in Nashville by Hal Hadden in 1982 and is still headquartered there with many men's discipleship groups around the US. It is a 2 year men's discipleship program and sounds almost exactly like your description of what you want to do. I would be happy to connect you with Hal if that is of interest to you. I believe he lives in Brentwood.

    I went through the program myself 15 years ago and recently completed mentoring 9 guys with a co-leader.

    Here is their URL: http://www.christianleadershipconcepts.org/

    If I can help answer any questions about CLC you can email me at bprettyman@wbf.com. I pray for God to deliver committed men to your group.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Bill, this time around I am using the curriculum developed by Regi Campbell and NextGenMentoring.com. But thanks for also bringing this to my attention.

      Best.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/jeffdolan jeffdolan

    Thanks for doing this Michael. I respect your heart for mentoring.

    What is your reasoning behind pooling your blog readers instead of your church or company? Sorry if you answered this elsewhere.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

    My blog reaches the folks in my church and company. I wanted to cast the widest possible net. Thanks.

  • David S

    Michael, i submitted an application last night but didn't get a confirmation email. Should i re-submit?

    David Sylvester

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      David I did receive your application. Thanks.

  • http://mosaicmercy.com David

    Wish I lived in Nashville. Men who are willing to mentor are so hard to find.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      I know that is true. That's part of my vision: to mentor men who can in turn become mentors (1 Timothy 2:2).

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  • http://www.EncounterTheWebsite.com Dean Newkirk

    Wow, I really wish I had known about this earlier, Michael. I’m single though, so I may not have met the requirements. Do you ever have openings or people that back out? If so, let me know. This sounds great!

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  • Ben Wall

    Hello Michael, I'm envious of the group you're putting together in Nashville. I wish I could apply to be part of the group and engage in that adventure–it sounds like something I've been craving for a while! I've been enjoying your blog the last few weeks.

    For what it's worth, I'm a 40 year old dad of 4 kids (10, 8, 5 & 3) and I mentor multiple groups of young men & boys. Last year I committed to and ran my first 10k and now I've signed up for my first triathlon in May. I've lost my first 10% of my body weight & now am on to the 2nd 10%! I've just started in a new job this year leading a ministry striving to build Christ-like leaders (http://www.opcamp.com). Our ministry targets students from the poorest schools in town (12 public schools represented) and we challenge about 100 HS Christian leaders (from 30 churches) to mentor 200 elementary & Jr. High students.

    It's the craziest challenge I've ever faced and I'm reading everything I can on leadership development. I'm praying about how to transform the leadership culture for our incredible students in Midland, TX. If you're ever near this part of the world, I'd love for my teams to meet you!

    God bless you as you pursue enjoying God fully this year! bw

  • http://www.swanrange.blogspot.com Carol Buchanan

    Blessings on you as you become a blessing to, and receive blessings from, mentoring these men.

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  • http://www.tikesbestfriend.wordpress.com Tim Dahl

    The NGM program sounds good. However, I know that I can't personally afford the $200 at the moment. Also, I know people of my church can't afford $200. We are a small congregation, and people are hurting. Is there any other program out there, which is less expensive?

    Tim
    My recent post How to Feed a Two Year Old

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Keep in mind that the NGM program includes (I think 10 books). I don’t know how they afford to do this. The $200 includes the shipping, a binder for each person, and all the lesson plans. I can’t imagine a quality program for less. If you find one, please let me now.

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  • Brad

    Did you ever get them a book list to read?

  • http://twitter.com/FamilyIntel Kim & Greg Harris

    Would love to see a follow-up blog post about your experience during the past year with this mentoring format. What worked? What didn’t? Thanks for considering this request!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I hope to do that. In fact, I just sent out a summary to my Mentees, outlining how we are going to do things this year. Mentoring has been one of the most rewarding experienced of my life.

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