Note: this series is for helping church leaders engage dads. We hope you’re already leading dads. But, if you aren’t yet leading dads—start today! Or, share this post with a church leader you know.

Imagine you’ve spent months creating a vision, filling key leadership roles, and you have your first group of dads and sons meeting together? Now what? Are you finished?   

No. You’re not finished. Now it’s time to talk about keeping the journey going. Once you get a group started, you must be ready to know when you’ll break, when you’ll return, and how you’ll keep the journey going. You got this. We’re right here with you.


The four survival tips for helping church leaders engage dads are: 

#1 Preparing for the journey: getting the vision and the heart right.

#2 Before you embark (or prepare more!): where to start, what roles you’ll need, and some other details you need to know before actually starting.

#3 Setting sail: everything from room setup, how to train leaders, and other vital details to get right.

#4 Keeping the journey going: once you start, be ready to know when you’ll break, when you’ll return, and how you’ll keep the journey going.

Let’s talk about keeping the journey going.

Mentoring plan > The main point: get back together.

The goal of the Manhood Journey groups is to have a group of fathers and sons who continue to meet over some span of time. Initially, they connect during this six-session experience. Hopefully, they enjoy it so much they want to do it again (and again…). So, consider some of the following techniques to ensure that your group gains and keeps momentum along the journey.

Mentoring plan > Take breaks

If your group gels quickly and everyone has a positive experience