Legacy Groups

From a group leader in California...

wanted to share a testimony about the daily devotional's Darien sends out each day. We currently have 5 men from Iron Men of Abundant Living receive the daily text. One of the men sent the devotion to his friend who is a gang banger. When the gang banger got it he sent to one of his members that was set to do a drive by and when he got it, he read it and aborted his plan to most likely kill someone. Wow! - Steve Burgess

ESTABLISHING & SUSTAINING A STRONG LEGACY GROUP
 
Another great event, men were moved, excitement was generated. Now what? Too often this is where the ball stops rolling. But what if there was something on the backend that extended the life of the event? Something that takes what the men learned and allows them to live it out.

Maybe there was no event, but you just feel led to encourage and equip men to be all God created them to be. No matter the reason Legacy Groups take men to a whole other level.

Purpose
These groups are designed to Transform lives by Engaging, Encouraging and Equipping men to build a Christ-centered Legacy.
 
What is a Legacy Group?
Legacy Groups are a unique tool that allow men the freedom to be REAL with each other. This fosters authentic RELATIONSHIPS that encourage men to RESPOND to the call of God. Legacy Groups are not for bible study, although the word of God is foundational and part of the discussion. They are a place where men can be themselves and not worry about being judged. Truth, in love, is spoken and that is a formula for transformation!
 
Who should facilitate?
Not everyone is born to facilitate a Legacy Group. The ideal candidate should be a man who is not shy and can keep the discussion going, this is extremely important to keep the men engaged. Also, he should not be a people pleaser who tells the men what they want to hear or allows an unproductive discussion to continue.

The entire meeting schedule will either be sent via email to the facilitator or he can simply go to the Legacy Minded Men app to see the new weekly teaching. Either way he just needs to take a few minutes to review the material prior to the meeting and pray for guidance.

Pointers for facilitators
  • Don’t let any one man dominate the conversation, including yourself. Let the men know that if someone is dominating the conversation that you will interject to include more men in the discussion.
  • We suggest you have men complete a survey. We have attached a survey that will allow you to gauge where men are in their life and walk.
  • Each attendee will be asked to sign a covenant
  • Encourage the men to identify a man to be accountable to. Here are some recommended questions each man can ask each other:  
  • Sample Accountability Questions for Group Members to Ask Each Other
  1. How are you doing with God?
  2. How are you doing with your mate or the person you're dating?
  3. How are you doing with your children?
  4. What temptations are you facing, and how are you dealing with them?
  5. How has your thought life been this week?
  6. Are you consistently living for Christ in your workplace?
  7. Have you been spending regular time in the Word and in prayer?
  8. With whom have you been sharing the gospel?
  9. Have you lied in your answers to any of the questions above?
  10. How may I pray for you and help you?
Types of Groups
Legacy Groups are ideally for 2 – 12 men. While this may seem like a small number it is essential in order to ensure the men feel comfortable and secure. Also, it is important to make men aware that the private information exchanged in the meeting is in fact private and should not be shared with anyone outside the group. If groups grow to more than 12 we strongly suggest you identify a leader from the group and spin off a new group.
 
When should the group meet?
While there is no day or time better than another it is important to be consistent in your meeting times. For example, every Monday at 7pm-9pm or every other Tuesday morning from 7am-8:30am. This will allow men to build it easily into their schedule. Also, if you are catering to men that can’t get together during the week then you can schedule a Saturday meeting. Bottom line is to establish a time based on the group you want to start.
 
Where should the group meet?
They can be held at a church, a home or even a diner. Men can simply get together with a few friends or it can be part of a church program. The important thing is that men meet!
 
Legacy Minutes
Each week the facilitator will receive via email The Legacy Minute. This email will provide a link to the weekly video topic and have a link to download the facilitator discussion questions. (see sample at the end of this document). The facilitator will also be able to go to the Legacy Minutes page on the LMM website and pick any video he would like.
 
The Meeting
Each meeting should start in the same manner:
  • Open in prayer
  • Have first timers introduce themselves (if applicable)
  • Go over the following “ground rules” prior to each meeting (if you choose not to read every time because you have the same group meeting after meeting that is fine):
  • It is important that you understand that you will be responsible to keep the discussion moving. Therefore, you will be limited to speak for no more than 5 minutes at one time. This will prevent someone from dominating the conversation and allow for more men to chime in. 
    • It is important to understand that there will be times when someone is going through a very difficult time and may need more than the 5 minutes. The facilitator needs to be sensitive to this and adjust accordingly.
    • Please be respectful of others beliefs and their backgrounds
    • What is said in the group stays in the group. This is essential to build and maintain trust between attendees
  • If a topic was discussed in the previous meeting where follow-up was requested address feedback at this time
  • Play the weekly 2-5 minute video (if applicable)
  • Use the video companion questions. If the group gets off on a tangent allow it as long as it is constructive. Just make sure you get them back on course. You can choose to not play the video but instead just illustrate what was said in the video and use the questions that came with the video
  • [Optional] Discuss any projects or activities the group may be interested in engaging together.
  • Take prayer requests and close in prayer
If you wish to take a different approach you may. For example, if you want to meet and have your group meet one week and then the following week have the group get together to help someone do their leaves or paint that would be great. You may also want to skip the video and go directly to the discussion questions.

Perhaps you would like the men to go through a book like our “Transformed: 7 Pillars of a Legacy Minded Man” or a video series such as “Wild at Heart” or “Stepping Up”, that is more than acceptable.

Upload meeting notes
So that we may track the progress of your group we ask that you use our app to provide use feedback on how the meeting went by answering a few simple questions including the number of men who attended. The update will take no more than one minute.

Launching Your Legacy Group
If you decide to move forward please complete the Applicationand send back to info@legacymindedmen.org or fax to 973-556-1991. Once you have settled on the time and place you will be meeting make a list of who you would like to invite to be a part of your group. If you only have 3-4 make that your core group. The group can be expanded as you see fit.

A great way to launch one or more groups at the same time is to host a 360 Conference on Demand at you church or your home. This is a powerful way to get started. For information on the 360 Conference on Demand please visit the 360 page on the website.
 
Benefits to a Legacy Group
  • Unlike the average church men’s ministry, Legacy Groups deal with issues that are all too real to men.
  • Legacy Groups promote the building of strong relationships with an emphasis on accountability.
  • By establishing a Legacy Group at your church, you plug into the LMM network which will enable your men to participate in large regional conferences and workshops.
  • Men will engage with other men of different backgrounds and cultures, breaking down barriers that exist in the church and society as a whole.
  • Monthly Legacy Group Leader conference calls will also be held to allow for the sharing of best practices.
Questions?
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call 973-865-8000. We are here to help!
 

Legacy Group Testimonials



“Establishing a Legacy Group was better than I could have imagined, thank you so so much / really indebted”
-Pastor Chris Lawrence, Church of the Living Hope

“Every time we get together, we grow with one another more. This includes doing activities together that months ago we never would've done. In fact, today, 10 of us (of varying ages) were playing baseball together in the church yard! And tomorrow, we are going to play baseball at a much larger field. As always, God is glorified.”
-Pastor Ernesto Marin, Havana, Cuba

“We are indeed indebted to you.”
-Pastor Adonai Magwaza, Zimbabwe, Africa


"LMM Partners is such an asset to the body of Christ. It builds the regional church while strengthening the local church."
-Pastor Peter Bruno, Metro Church

Questions?

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call 973-865-8000. We are here to help!

Interetested In Starting Your Own Legacy Group?
Please Complete Form

Auto Reply
Thank you for your recent enquiry. You will hear from us soon!

Signature (Supports HTML)
Thank You
Legacy Minded Men
Cuba Legacy Group

"The Cuba Legacy Group"