[Entrepreneur Ministry Club Connection]

Everything Relative to You, Your Business and Your Purpose in Life

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W H O   W I L L   B E N E F I T   F R O M   emc2   C L U B   M E M B E R S H I P?

The book/workbook combination is especially designed for the following five categories of individuals who are trying to live out their faith in practical way in their respective enterprises. Entrepreneur clubs provide excellent opportunities for individual/group mentoring – a great place for “solutionists,” ready to provide practical advice and realistic solutions for the myriad of issues that most entrepreneurs face:

  1. Pre-Entrepreneur: Someone who is thinking about taking the leap into his or her own business – “kicking the tires” to see if this is something that might be a viable option for the future.
  2. Budding Entrepreneur: Someone who has already taken the leap and is into the first phases of entrepreneurship. Many are evening or weekend entrepreneurs. Things are exciting, going well, confusing, stressful, failing, or too much to handle (in a good way).
  3. Seasoned / Serial Entrepreneur: Someone who has a fair amount of experience, looking for ways to share his or her expertise with others. There are also opportunities to learn new things and to get a recharge in personal passion for business…especially of one is experiencing mild forms of jadeness and complacency.
  4. Corporate Entrepreneur: Someone who works in a corporate environment that requires a fair amount of entrepreneurship (e.g. radio ad sales, automobile sales, research, pastoring, engineering, etc.)
  5. Turnkey Entrepreneur: Someone involved in an organization (e.g. direct sales, network marketing, franchise, real estate, etc.) that has spent millions of dollars in research, developing a certain protocol that can work well for anyone who has the passion to succeed – a safety net…a system that can be duplicated for most anyone in any region of the country/world. Entrepreneurship within the system is something that each individual can determine as time goes by.

    Social entrepreneur: This category is the umbrella under which the aforementioned individuals choose to operate. A social entrepreneur wants to be socially responsible, with business enterprises that allow them to “do good while doing well.”

ISBNs of Each Resource
* Soft Cover ISBN: 978-1-932805-98-7          * 4-CD Audio Book ISBN: 978-1-934068-29-8
* Workbook ISBN: 978-1-60657-020-3


B E N E F I T S   O F   emc2   C L U B S

  Developing and enhancing a small business introduces one to the ups and the downs of life. The entrepreneurial journey challenges an individual and/or family members on a number of levels to:

  • Discern the difference between a viable business dream and a nightmare.
  • Know what questions to ask when researching business models and legal issues.
  • Explore personal doubts, hopes, goals, self-talk, and fears.

  • Affirm the part that prayer plays in your business success.
  • Embrace the purpose of business.
  • Discuss investment, saving, insurance and tithing issues.
  • Learn how to respond to valid and/or “uncalled-for” criticism from family and friends.
  • Examine personal work ethics. Challenging the extremes, like workaholism and laziness.
  • Keep afloat—financially, mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
  • Learn how to work both hard and smart.
  • Deal with long hours, stress, and family relationships—especially during the first few ramp-up years of any business venture.
  • Answer the question: Can husbands and wives work together in the same business? If so, how?
  • Develop an on-going care of business partnerships.
  • Understand how the good is the enemy of the best.
  • Learn how not to get sidetracked by distractions.
  • Apply the principles of diversification and multiplication without losing momentum in the core business focus.
  • Take time to count the many blessings—gratitude for the God-given skills, abilities and relationships necessary for the development of a successful business.
  • Develop group and personal definitions of success that are motivated by values that will still be important a thousand years from now.
  • Understand gentle accountability.
  • Increasing the potential of doing good while doing well.

What better place than the church to address these issues and more?



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BENEFITS: The entrepreneurial journey provides a wonderful gateway for Connecting Now With Later. Some will attend because they are wanting to grow their business. Others will attend because they are in a reinvention mode. Still others may be doing quite well, but they want to encourage others who need help. Character development, personal accountability, flexibility, core values, ethics, perseverance and a sense of humor are some of the topics that emerge as important concepts to be considered.

I will also have an interactive component so that leaders around the world can share what’s working and what’s not working in their church-related entrepreneur clubs.)

For emc2 Facilitators: Understanding the individual expectations of each participant will help group facilitators design an atmosphere that meets everyone’s needs. Some will attend because they want to grow their business. Others will attend because they are in a reinvention mode. Still others may be doing quite well, but they want to encourage others who need help. Engaging everyone will be the challenge. When forming the group ask each participant express his or her expectations for being part of such a group. Takes notes. Common business sense, creative marketing and branding ideas/implementation, balancing home life with busy schedules, character development, personal accountability, flexibility, core values, ethics, perseverance and a sense of humor are some of the topics that may emerge as important concepts to be considered by all.

    1. View yourself as a coach. Facilitation is an art – designed to develop a group dialogue, with the facilitator stepping forward if the conversation is getting off-track or needs to go to a deeper level.
    2. Ask open-ended questions that foster more than “yes” or “no” responses.  The “5 Ws and an H” kinds of questions (Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How) will help enhance the clarity of issues at hand and will help to draw the maximum number of people in to any discussion.
    3. Use ice-breakers at the beginning of some meetings. Example: “Two Truths and an Exaggeration” – Each person in the group shares two real events that happened in his or her life, along with one fanciful story. Here’s an example: “Number 1: I once met the actor, Robert DeNiro, at a ski resort in Utah and we rode up the ski lift together. Number 2: When I was 19 years of age I traveled on a sailboat from Los Angeles to Samoa with my father, my mother and my older brother. Number 3: I ran in the Boston marathon when I was 29 years of age and was in the top 100 finishers.” The group then determines which one of the three stories is not true about the person. This is an engaging way for people to get to know each other, having a bit of fun while doing so.
    4. Another ice-breaker: The "Ah" and "Um" Game -- Give an overview of your business for, let's say 60 seconds without saying "ah" or "um." It's very hard for, ah, most people, um, to do. Someone with a stopwatch can make sure that everyone keeps to their time limit, so that the game doesn't drag into a long time-waster. Small prizes (pen, candy, etc.) can be given to those who manage to give the overview of their business without "ahing" or "umming." You can also add the word "like" into the mix, especially if the entrepreneur club is made up primarily of next generation participants.
    5. Some groups have at least one person who loves to talk and who is adept at highjacking the evening by introducing topics that have nothing to do with the subject matter of the evening (“it’s all about irrelevant topics”). There are also some hyper-needy individuals who are like bottomless pits, pulling everyone’s focus in his or her direction (“it’s all about me”). Be aware of these types of personalities and develop a strategy for keeping the meeting moving in a productive direction, without stripping anyone of his or her dignity or self respect in the process.
    6. Respect the schedules of busy professionals by always starting the meetings on time and ending on time. If people want to hang around afterwards, that’s wonderful, but at least the ending time is honored for those who need to get back home.
    7. Chairs in a circle may work the best until the meeting gets too large.
    8. It might be good each week to have someone communicate for 3-5 minutes on, “The wisdom lesson(s) God has taught me through my business this past month/year.” The individual then gets to pick the next person to share on the same topic the following week.
    9. You may get the sense that at the end of a particular meeting that you have only covered a fraction of the designated material. Feel free to continue with the same material the next meeting(s).
    10. Because one’s business is the extension of the person you may be amazed, at times, by the emotional pain some are experiencing in their personal lives. Marriages and family relationships can get out of balance as entrepreneurs are struggling to build their businesses. And sometimes an entrepreneur has invested so much emotional and financial capital that it is hard to hear the gut-level truth about his or her failing business enterprise. Be conscious of the reality that the emc2 meeting is not designed to do “group therapy.” Embrace your limitations. You can be a good listener and may even offer some practical advice one-on-one after the main meeting is over. But deep-rooted therapeutic issues may be best handled by a trained Christian counselor. Have a short referral list of pre-qualified (by you) counselors, who understand the unique struggles of entrepreneurs, handy for such situations.
    11. Many entrepreneurs tend to be fast-paced, quick-thinking people who do not have the time to waste attending another boring, irrelevant meeting. Some have very short attention-spans. Keep current with the issues at hand and occasionally ask your members to communicate how things can improve, so that your entrepreneur club is time well spent for everyone.
    12. Communicate (email) any ideas that work for your group here and we will publish them on the open forum of emc2 website so that other groups around the world can benefit from your experiences.
    13. Once a month you may want to turn your emc2 meeting into a special event with a local entrepreneur coming to share his or her story, along with wisdom lessons learned over the years. You can include an open forum with audience members asking questions and sharing ideas. This may turn out to be a favorite event. Emc2 members can invite others to attend that meeting to get a flavor of what your group is doing.
    14. Looking for a great project for your entrepreneur club? Consider becoming the catalyst for developing your local issue of everyday matters® magazine. Doing projects sometimes brings people together like nothing else can. Check out the executive summary on the website and then request the more comprehensive document to be emailed to you -- YourLOCALmag.com

What a Typical Meeting Might Look Like
(should run like clockwork -- 90-100 minutes total):

Here’s a meeting agenda that may work for your Entrepreneur Club [90 -100 minutes total for meeting]:
i. Start on time with prayer. [3 minutes]

ii. Personal “laser-introductions” of all the participants (e.g. name, what business you are building, number of years in business,  and what brought you to this meeting today.) [60 – 90 seconds for each person, depending upon the number of people in the group.]

iii. Have someone communicate on “The wisdom lesson(s) God has taught me through my business this past month/year.” That person then selects the person who will share next week. [3-5 minutes]

iv. Read the chapter of the book out loud together. This can be accomplished by one person or by having different people reading one paragraph until it is finished. (Be sensitive to the reality that some in attendance may deal with dyslexia or are challenged by reading in public. Make sure that there is an honorable way for people to bow out of reading in public.) [10 minutes. If it is a longer chapter, you may want to plan to read only the portion of the chapter you will be covering during that meeting.]

v. Break up into small groups by having everyone count “1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2,3” until all have an assigned number. Each of the three groups go to separate parts of the room or another room to discuss the questions of the workbook. Each group appoints a leader whose job it is to make sure that the group keeps on schedule and then to report back to the whole group. [20-30 minutes]

vi. After the separate discussions, each group comes back to the main room and a designated person from each group expresses a summary of the feedback from his or her group. [15 minutes...5 minutes for each group]

vii. Problems, Questions and Solutions: A few people can share a brief overview of current challenges they are experiencing in their particular businesses. The rest of the group weighs in, sharing wisdom lessons they have learned in similar situations. The Club leader must use excellent facilitation skills to make sure that time spent on each problem and solutions is maximized. If it is a complicated personal issue, either the facilitator or a volunteer from the group can arrange to talk with the individual after the meeting or on the phone the next day. [Depends on how much time is left. If the time is gone, you can state that you and a few others seasoned entrepreneurs are available to talk afterwards.]

viii. Close on time with prayer – cookies, coffee and soda provide an opportunity for some to hang around for a while and talk if they want. [until you get too tired and want to kick everyone out of the place]

Well-prepared Questions:

Groups function best with questions that help them observe, interpret, and apply what they find in the Bible text. The questions should be forthright enough to allow each person to take a turn as moderator, moving the group paragraph by paragraph through a chapter. The material must not assume that everyone understands Christian jargon or can easily comprehend a religious mind-track.

Operating Guidelines:

1. Confine the discussion to the chapter being studied. This keeps the newcomers at equal advantage. As the weeks go by, of course, everyone’s scope of knowledge enlarges, and the group is able to refer back to chapters previously studied.

2. Expect everyone to be responsible for keeping the group focused on the topic being discussed. The facilitator’s job is greatly eased if others in the group help by saying, “We’ve gotten onto a wonderful tangent. Let’s get back to the chapter.”

     These suggested guidelines keep a group focused:

Ground Rules for the Group: Early in the formation of an emc2 group, each may want to set up their own purpose statement and a set of ground rules that everyone accepts. Below are some suggestions, which can be built upon:

  1. Everything discussed within the meetings is absolutely confidential. Because small businesses are the direct extension of individuals, personal matters may be brought forward to the group. If there is to be the expectation of honesty, there must be a pledge of absolute confidentiality among the members of the group. Trust, emotional safety and mutual respect are the foundational building block.
  2. No one will use put-downs or personal attacks.
  3. Treat others as you want to be treated.
  4. God has given each person has two ears and one mouth. Listen carefully before speaking.
  5. The meetings are for networking, but using the meetings to recruit others into a network marketing or direct sell-type business is discouraged. I have genuine respect for these business models, but sometimes new and excited MLMers can turn off their friends and can appear pushy -- as though they are viewing their friends as potential members of their downline. Chill. Keep it genuine and simple. Hidden agendas can hinder honest relationships.
  6. The emc2 meetings are designed to be an emotionally safe place for people to sometimes share what others may perceive as an off-the-wall entrepreneurial idea. Judgments are not to be a part of these meetings. Treat others the way you want to be treated.
  7. Meetings will start on time and will end on time. Participants are encouraged to talk afterwards, if they want


Before the first meeting:

1.      Read or re-read the book, "If Nobody Loves You, Create the Demand." Order a signed copy at WorkHardWorkSmart.com, if you do not have it already. Also, order a copy of the workbook (due out in March/April, 2009). The workbook connects the contents of the book to the Bible, with a spiritual application...along with excellent nitty, gritty information for becoming successful in business. And my hope is that everyone attending the emc2 meetings on a regular basis will become wildly successful on every level.

2.      The book/workbook combination should give you at least 6 months of material for your emc2 group...perhaps more. Some weeks are so content rich that you may discover that you will need an extra meeting or two to cover the material. Feel free to add any material you think helps increase everyone's knowledge. if it works, please communicate to us so that we can add it to our open forum exchange of ideas.

3.      You also will want to take the Personality Profile (photo album) at MyGreatPersonality.com. You can also order The Freeman Institute workbook on the same website, which will give everyone an overview of how someone's personality impacts their entrepreneurial success.

What to do the first meeting (especially if you are just starting an emc2 group):

1.      This is a very important meeting. Most of the time can be spent getting to know each other. If the group is small enough (under 12), perhaps every person can share the story of his or her entrepreneurial journey briefly with the rest of the group. Plus in this meeting it might be a good time to establish the expectations. Using a flip chart, write down the hopes, the fears and the expectations of the group interested in developing an emc2 group.
Here are some questions you may want to ask:
i.   What do you hope to receive by attending these meetings?
ii.  What do you hope to give to others by attending these meetings?
iii. What would cause you to either stop attending or to hang back, not wanting to participate.
iv. Tell us of your past experiences with groups (the bad and the good).
v.  What are some of the elements that help groups like this remain relevant and a wise expenditure of everyone's time and how can we utilize those elements in these meetings?

2.      Very Important: In anticipation of the following meeting, you will want to encourage everyone to take the Personality Profile (photo album) at MyGreatPersonality.com. They can also order The Freeman Institute workbook on the same website, which will give everyone an overview of how their personality impacts their entrepreneurial success. If someone attends the next meeting without taking the Personality Profile, they will probably feel left out of the discussion.



~ U P D A T E S   T O   T H E   W O R K B O O K ~


To the Facilitator: Below are updates and additional discussion questions. I have listed the changes and updates under the section indicated.


------------------ BEFORE the First Meeting ------------------

  i. Develop a core group of a few people. Meet several times with them for prayer and strategy. These are the people who will help to make this group a success. It is during these initial meetings that you will create the name for your group. Feel free to use the emc2 concept in your name. For instance, if your church is Maple Community Church, you may choose to call your group: Maple emc2. Use your collective imagination. If your group is going to be more of an outreach to the community, feel free to develop something that resonates with your mission statement.

  ii. Come up with a collective list of all of the hopes and concerns. Use the items on that list for group discussion.

  iii. Develop vision and mission statements for the group, with input from the the rest of the people you have brought together. This is what you are all about as a group, which is important for the leadership to cobble together.        * (In one of the first regular meetings you will want to develop a collective understanding as to how you will function -- your core values and a set of operating principles, which is important for the entire group to cobble together.)

  iv. Develop a website, which will help you determine exactly what you want the group to look like and then publish the website.

  v. Now you are ready to publicize your emc2 group to the rest of the congregation and surrounding community.





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