RadicalMentoring.com sets expectations high with testimonials like "God changed my life through this program" and "It saved my marriage!" Fortunately, pastors whose churches lack lay leadership (and cash) will find much value here. The site offers tools that, in the right hands, can be used to train a group of leaders committed to discipling others.

The Radical Mentoring program was developed in 2010 by Regi Campbell, an entrepreneur and elder at Andy Stanley's North Point Church in Alpharetta, Georgia. Campbell hopes to eliminate a strictly "one-on-one" view of mentoring. Instead, mentors meet monthly with discipleship groups for a year. Between meetings, mentees are given books to read, homework assignments to complete, and verses to memorize.

This program isn't for slackers. One lesson plan suggests, "If someone is late … force them to walk in and take their seat in silence. Let them feel the pain without … overtly embarrassing them." Radical Mentoring demands accountability. The idea is that if participants are held to a higher standard, they will rise to meet (and exceed) expectations.

The regimen may be intense, but mentors will find lesson planning surprisingly simple. The site offers suggestions on group formation and meeting preparation. Then mentors can choose from 25 lessons, each of which includes an introductory video and PDF download. Handouts are print-ready, and each lesson is already scheduled down to the minute.

You'll have to buy your own books (a new one each month). These books aren't supplemental; they make up the bulk of each lesson's content. It's a one-time investment if you buy a church set, but it does feel like opening a Christmas gift and reading, "Batteries not included."

Also, with ...

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