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For nearly 10 years, I've been meeting three times a year with 10 business and ministry leaders in a small closed group we call “CEO.” We gave it that name because you must be a CEO to be invited. It's for accountability and for what the Bible calls “iron sharpening iron.” I can't tell you how valuable it is to discuss important issues I'm dealing with both in business and my personal life with men I know care about me, who have come to understand me and will keep everything in total confidence.
It was my small group experience that gave birth to the idea to start the Ministry21 Network—a relational network to bring together like-minded pastors and leaders to develop their own leadership skills, connect them with others, provide needed coaching, continuing education and wonderful resources. So far, we've had several hundred join; most are raving fans and tell me how some aspect of what they've learned has changed their lives.
Next week, I'm combining the two for a special networking meeting at our headquarters at 600 Rinehart Road in Lake Mary, Fla. I decided to reach out to the 35,000 who have signed up for my blog to see if you'd like to attend on June 16-17.
My CEO group is meeting Tuesday and Wednesday as we always do. But we invited Graham Power, a very successful businessman from South Africa who will be in Florida for the Global Day of Prayer on Pentecost Sunday the weekend before. He is the visionary who founded this important day (For more information on how your church can participate, click here). He'll give a half-day seminar on being “unashamedly ethical.”
Then my CEO group will end and most of the members will fly home. But we'll provide lunch and continue with a Ministry21 Networking meeting all afternoon. The format will be small groups to discuss in a confidential setting the issues you need to discuss. Then we'll continue with fellowship into the evening. We have some fun things planned including boating and eating at nice restaurants in the area. We did this last year and it was very meaningful to those who attended. It's the same dynamic we have in our CEO group. The next morning there is a bonus session on “Getting Started As A Writer” from 9 a.m. to noon.
To attend the meeting you must be a member of Ministry21. It costs $150 per year and you can click here to read all the benefits. If you sign up, the networking meeting is included. If you want to bring someone with you, the cost is an additional $25 to cover expenses.
Hurry because it's only a week and a half away. It's only a day and a half long, but I believe you will find it worthwhile, not to mention the value of belonging to Ministry21. By the way, we give a money-back-guarantee if this meeting and your membership is not all (and more) we say it will be.
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