Invitation to a Radical Mentoring Program

As a potential future leader, I’m inviting you to express your interest in being mentored for a season beginning August 1, 2017. This will be a special type of men’s small group made up of high potential young men facilitated by a more experienced, (hopefully) more mature business man. The vision is to help other men live God-centric lives and fulfil their God-given potential.

It is my goal to impact the lives of young men in a way that points them toward an integrated Christian life. I believe that we can have successful businesses and business careers AND be learners and followers of Jesus Christ AND be great husbands, fathers, church members, sons, civic leaders, disciple makers and friends…ALL at the same time. From August 1, 2017 – July 31, 2018 I will endeavour to share what I have learned about success in these areas, most often focusing on where I have missed it…hopefully, so that you can avoid the same mistakes that I made along the way.

We will spend significant time understanding who we are in God’s eyes and how we can excel in our work and in our communities. But this is not the primary focus of the year. We will spend even more time on listening skills, relating to our wives, and raising children…and even more time on getting to know what it means to have a vibrant, living relationship with Jesus Christ.

The requirements of the program are as follows:

  • Married (or soon to be married) guys who are in their late 20’s to early 40’s
  • If already fathers, children not yet teenagers
  • Self-objective men: guys who are willing to take direct, pervasive feedback without being defensive; a willingness to look themselves in the mirror and make changes to improve
  • Broken men; hungry for personal growth
  • Passionate commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ
  • Willingness to replicate the process at least once with another group of guys sometime in the future

The “program” involves a monthly meeting (7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.), two weekend retreats, significant reading assignments (you will purchase your own books/eBooks), memorising scriptures (one or two per month), and meeting one on one with your mentor(s) and with others in the group.

We will begin in August. In the second month, there will be an overnight outing and we will end with a retreat in July 2018… a Thursday night to Sunday afternoon deal. We may do some other outings together, but that will be up to the group.

The meetings aren’t optional…the group will settle on a schedule and stick to it. At or before the first meeting, we’ll plan our meeting nights and retreat dates so that there are no conflicts. Then we’ll all have to protect those scheduled meeting dates. A premium is placed on timeliness, preparation and respect for everyone else in the group. I can almost assure you that you will have to make some tough business and family decisions in order to honour your commitment to your mentor(s) and to the group to be at each meeting…and be there on time. Everyone attends every meeting and shows up on time, every time.

If you are already overextended in other commitments; then you probably would do well to 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.

So, here’s the drill. There are eight slots. Those slots will NOT be filled first come, first served. I will take applications from those who are interested and I will review the entries, pray over them, and select the men I feel led to invest in.

If you’d like to hear directly from some men who have gone before you on why they feel this is and was an important group to get involved with, you will want to visit as it might hit on some things you’re already thinking about or feeling in regards to – Is this for me? Why should I do this?

I need to know if you are interested in pursuing this. Really, really think about this…pray about it…talk to your wife. If you are lukewarm, don’t pursue it. You will be taking a slot that someone else might really want and need. If you conclude that you are interested, then reply to this email and say so. When you apply, your wife will need to check her concurrence and support, so go ahead and confirm that now.

Understand that applying does NOT guarantee acceptance into this year’s program. And even though you may have been referred by a mentor or someone else, worked with me in some capacity or previously expressed interest in a coaching/mentoring relationship, there are no guarantees that you’ll be selected.

Also, please feel free to forward this invite to other guys you think might be good candidates for our group. You can’t make promises, but please invite them to email me and express their interest.

Please reply with a “Yes, I’m interested” or “Not interested this time”. I’d like to get your “expressions of interest” in my email, philip[at] by July 7.

Warm regards,


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