Back in 2009, when I was listening to the Lord for the details of this new men’s ministry He was giving me, one of the major focuses was men’s small groups. Now, I knew that wasn’t a new concept at all, but I was convinced it was one of the most powerful resources that I’d ever seen God use for consistent growth. There’s just something about a handful of men meeting only because of Jesus and allowing Him to work in and through them, with and for each other. The bottom line—a Christian man in a small group is far more likely to change into the image of Christ than an isolated man.
As I studied Scripture passages that would encourage and challenge men, I re-discovered Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, 12.
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work:If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!. . . Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. —Ecclesiastes 4:9-10,12 NIV
As I read the power in this passage, I coined the phrase: 3 Strand Group or 3SG. I began to brand and resource men’s small groups as 3SG, using this Scripture as the foundation. As a result, from California to New York, there are 3SG’s meeting.
Today, I am proud and excited to announce a partnership with Greg Arnold at Live Bold e-zine to launch 3SG as an official men’s small groups movement. Greg and I have teamed up to create the 3SG resource site inside Live Bold.
Here’s how it works: For $19.95 per year, a man can have access to a full-on resource arsenal. Small group studies, helps, and how-to’s. Everything needed to start, resource, and maintain a small group all year long. By each man purchasing his own subscription, he can access the agreed resource on his computer, tablet, or smartphone anytime, anywhere.
Many church men’s ministries today can’t afford resources, or the men are asked to personally purchase 3 to 5 books per year for studies, which ends up costing as much as $100 in a year. We worked hard to price this to make it available to any and every man. Greg and I believe we have hit on a win-win for both churches and individual small groups.
So, ready to start your 3SG, get your group re-engaged, or just looking for new resources for your existing group? The Live Bold 3SG site is the place to be. Tell your friends and subscribe today by clicking here.
Oh, and I’d love your feedback on this, so email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.