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Mastermind Groups for Ministry Leaders (Oct-Apr)

Mastermind Groups for Ministry Leaders are launching again this fall. The term “mastermind group” may be new to you, but the concept is simple. It’s a group of leaders, who serve in a similar context, who gather together monthly to:

  • Share ideas
  • Exchange resources
  • Provide and receive accountability
  • Learn from one another

All of it happens in the context of the community that is formed among the group. In fact, most people who have participated in a mastermind group would say the relationships are the thing they valued the most.

New groups are forming for 2017-2018 (October – April) and here is everything you need to know.

What’s Involved in the Mastermind Group?

These mastermind groups include:

  • Monthly video calls as a group (90 minutes)
  • A private Facebook Group for interaction between calls
  • Two 1-on-1 coaching calls with your host
  • Access to your group host and peers throughout (Oct-Apr)
  • Tons of bonuses (see below)

What does a Mastermind call look like?

Unlike coaching networks, mastermind groups are not primarily driven by the facilitator teaching content. That is a great model, however, which is why the Volunteer Playbook Group will be like that. Mastermind groups, on the other hand, are designed more for everyone to learn from each other. These groups will have specific content taught from the facilitators, but a good portion of each call involves learning from members in the group.

During that element of a typical call, 2-3 leaders will be put on the “hot seat”. While on the hot seat, they’ll answer 3 questions that will each be discussion points for the group:

  1. What is going well in your ministry? – This is where we can learn from them and “borrow” (okay, steal) their ideas/resources.
  2. What is a challenge or barrier you’re facing? – This is where everyone else helps them (others who have the same barrier are helped as well).
  3. What is a resource that’s been helpful to you that you can share? – This is a chance to hear about a tool/resource you may not know about.

In my experience, the majority of the group benefits from each question even when they’re not on the hot seat. One of the great things about these groups is our similar contexts makes most of the discussion applicable to everyone. There’s more to each call, but that’s what is unique about the mastermind format.

Who is it for?

These groups are for leaders who serve in children’s ministry, youth ministry, or in nextgen/family roles overseeing both areas. The specific groups being offered are outlined below. These groups are for leaders who will commit to:

  • Attending the calls
  • Sharing their ideas and resources
  • Accepting accountability and encouragement
  • Challenging and encouraging others
  • Being nice … and awesome


We know joining a mastermind group is a big investment, so we’ve put together a bonus package to go along with your membership. This package is actually worth as much as the cost of the group, but you get it all for FREE:

*The in-person gathering will be held on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 in Atlanta, GA (the day before the Orange Conference). We’ll cover the cost of hosting the event, but group members will cover their costs for travel, lodging, etc. This is optional, but highly encouraged!

What is the cost?

The cost is $400/person. After applying, if you are accepted into the group, payment will be due in full by October 1. Payment plans are available, but the cost is a little higher ($65/month). Simply indicate you would like the payment plan in your application.

What groups are available?

Children’s Ministry Leaders with Nick Blevins

This group is for children’s ministry pastors and leaders. We’ll talk about how to recruit, train and retain volunteers, as well as how to establish a coaching structure for your team. In addition, we’ll discuss partnering with parents, small group strategies, creating events with a purpose, establishing systems, casting vision, leading up, and everything that’s working (or not) in your ministry.

1st Thursday Each Month: 1-2:30PM Eastern (Oct-Apr)

Nick Blevins

Youth Ministry Leaders with Will Hutcherson

This group is for youth/student ministry pastors and leaders. The group will discuss everything from recruiting and developing volunteers, to crafting and delivering messages, along with the ins and outs of events, trips, retreats, communication and partnering with parents. You’ll also have conversations around the unique challenges youth ministry leaders face, and learn from one another’s experience, while getting specific input on the barriers you are facing.

3rd Thursday Each Month: 10-11:30AM Eastern (Oct-Apr)

Will Hutcherson

NextGen Pastors in Churches < 2000 with Nick Blevins

This group is for NextGen Pastors who oversee ministries from birth through high school (or more) in churches that are under 2,000 in average attendance. We’ll focus on managing multiple ministries, designing and leading staff meetings, going from silos to one team, diving into a specific ministry for a season and staffing strategies. The group will also discuss the specific challenges and issues faced in leading NextGen, and how to start well if you’re new to the role.

2nd Thursday Each Month: 1-2:30PM Eastern (Oct-Apr)

Nick Blevins

New NextGen Pastors (In Your First 2 Years) with Kenny Conley

It will focus on helping you start well, fast, by leaning into Kenny’s experience leading NextGen in two different churches. The group will discuss staffing strategies, designing and leading meetings, going from silos to one team, managing multiple ministries and the specific challenges and barriers you are facing.

1st Wednesday Each Month: 1-2:30PM Eastern (Oct-Apr)

NextGen Pastors in Churches 2000+ with Kenny Conley

This group is for NextGen Pastors who oversee a staff that leads birth through high school (or more) in churches that are over 2,000 in average attendance. You’ll focus on staffing strategies, designing and leading meetings, going from silos to one team and managing multiple ministries. In addition, you’ll have conversations around what it looks like to run point on overhauling a specific ministry, and the unique challenges and issues you are facing in your role.

1st Thursday Each Month: 1-2:30PM Eastern (Oct-Apr)

Multisite Kidmin | Youthmin | NextGen with Kevin Monahan

This group is for leaders who serve on staff in a multisite church. Whether you lead in children’s ministry, youth ministry, or as a NextGen Pastor, this group is for you.The group will focus on the unique challenges of leading in a multisite context, with discussions around staffing models, consistency across locations, centralizing common functions, clarifying the win, working with campus pastors, budgeting tips, as well as your specific questions and obstacles.

1st Thursday Each Month: 2-3:30PM Eastern (Oct-Apr)

Kevin Monahan

What previous participants have said

Mastermind Group Facilitators

Nick Blevins

Nick Blevins

Nick serves on the staff leadership team at Community Christian Church and oversees NextGen. He has served as the NextGen Pastor for over 6 years and served as the Children’s Pastor prior to that. He and his wife Jennifer have been married for over 12 years and they have 2 kids, Isaac and Mackenzie. Nick loves to help church leaders work on their ministry and he helps churches create strategic operating plans using the prove Church StratOp process.
Kenny Conley

Kenny Conley

Kenny, a 20-year veteran of kids and family ministry, currently serves as the NextGen Pastor at Mission Church in Gilbert, AZ. His passion to see the next generation come to know and follow Christ propels him to constantly rethink how the church approaches ministry to kids, students and their families. Kenny loves to network and collaborate with ministry leaders around the world to push ministry to new levels.
Kevin Monahan

Kevin Monahan

Dr. Kevin Monahan is the Pastor of Next Generation Ministries at 12Stone Church in Metro Atlanta, GA.  With over 22 years of ministry experience, he oversees ministry from newborns to college students at 8 engaging campuses. Kevin has been married to his wife, Meghan, for 17 years and has three children:  Jacob (13), Aidan (12) and Olivia (9). Kevin has a Master of Divinity in Counseling, as well as a Doctorate in Adolescent Development. He enjoys playing guitar, remodeling homes, playing soccer and equipping this generation to impact the world for Christ.
Will Hutcherson

Will Hutcherson

Will is the Next Generation Pastor at Next Level Church in Fort Myers, Florida, where he has served since 2007. In addition to leading the Next Generation staff at 4 locations, Will is also a primary communicator for middle and high school environments and coaches youth leaders through his virtual coaching group. In his free time, he enjoys listening to 90’s R&B, and cheering for the Tampa Bay Rays with his wife Arianne. But most likely you’ll find him wrestling with his rambunctious 6-year-old, Liam, or cuddling with his 2 princesses, 4-year-old Reese and 1-year-old Kinsley.

Mastermind Group Applications Closed On Sep 15

…But we are still accepting applications for the Youth Ministry Group

Fill out the waitlist form below and check your email if you would like to join the Youth Ministry Group. You can also fill out the form if you’re interested in another group, in the event a spot opens up in the next couple weeks.

…until Mastermind Group Applications are closed for the year

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Join the Waitlist

Mastermind Group Applications are closed for 2017-2018. Join the waitlist by filling out this form and if a spot opens up in a few weeks, we’ll let you know. Otherwise, we’ll be in touch when the next round of groups begins.

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What is a mastermind group?

Mastermind groups are a collection of people, who serve in a similar context, who commit to meeting together regularly for a period of time to share ideas, resources and challenge and encourage one another. In mastermind groups, participants regularly share what is going well in their ministry, what challenges they are facing and what resources have been helpful to them. The group offers input, encouragement, and accountability to each other, so everyone benefits.

Is this different from a coaching network?

Mastermind groups are different from a traditional coaching network in that the emphasis isn’t as much on facilitator teaching, but on the entire group learning from one another. However, our facilitators will still teach, and it’s common to find the terms “coaching network” and “mastermind groups” used interchangeably.

Can I do more than one at a time?

Possibly. You can participate in more than one group at a time as long as you fit the focus of each group and there are spots available. 

When will I get the bonus package?

Resources from the bonus package will be available in October when mastermind groups start meeting. 

Can I join whichever mastermind group I want?

In short, no. One of the most helpful aspects of a mastermind group is being able to meet with other people who are in a similar role and context as you. For that reason, everyone will be matched to the group that fits their role and context the most.

How many people will be in each group?

Each group will have up to 10-12 participants.

Is it first-come, first-served?

Yup, you got it. Apply soon!