The "starting team" should be no more than 8-12 members.
Appoint two team members to be the "Coach" and the “Assistant Coach” to lead the team. Others can be a backup but it is a good idea to start with at least two leaders.
Start and stop on time. This respects others time and it is attractive to men to stay on schedule (one less reason to quit).
Begin and end each meeting with prayer. Beginning the prayer time with a worship song which is easy for men to sing is highly recommended but optional. You may have to insist on singing; most men are hesitant at first but are glad when they participate. “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord.”
Commit to follow the "Regular Season" meeting format faithfully, even when there is resistance (men don’t want to sing, pray out loud, share each week, etc.).
Follow the Content Lineup for Season #1.
View or listen to series episodes for free streaming on-line at the CTG website or you can purchase a DVD through the website.
A Workout Guide containing workout questions and reference material for the series episode can be downloaded for free from the CTG website.
Make a hard copy of the Workout Guide for each team member so that you can each make personal notes.
Encourage every team member to do a Pregame Film Study -- to view or listen to the episode for the next workout and to download and review the corresponding Workout Guide prior to attending the workout.
Encourage every team member to bring his personalized Workout Guide to the workout so that you can refer to your notes during the Huddle Discussion portion of the workout.
Encourage every team member to keep his Workout Guides in a notebook.
All team members must make a concerted effort to create a personal action item at each workout and work to accomplish their personal action item before the next workout.
Provide a brief time at the beginning of the workout for team members to share about their progress. You can lead by sharing your own progress.
Encourage every team member to bring their Bible to all workouts (Make sure you bring yours).
Keep a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church available during workouts.
Focus on your own spiritual training.
Let us know about your Regular Season Workout by contacting us periodically on our website so we can network with you.
The initial "Starting Team" should be no more than 8-12 members including the Coach (group leader). Build from that base until you reach a cap of 12 men then consider starting a new "Regular Season" Workout Team.
Make sure you emphasize that this is a safe place, what is said here stays here. There must be a high level of trust.
Try to establish a team attitude such that the team members are open to each other and to the movement of the Holy Spirit. We are not here by accident.
Be humble! Think of yourself as a player’s coach. Try to make each team member feel welcome, comfortable, confident, and cared for.
Utilize name tags so the team members can more easily learn each other’s names. This is also welcoming to new team members.
Make sure first time attendees are welcomed and introduced to multiple team members as they arrive. If possible, assign a current active team member to mentor each new member.
Ask new members for contact information so you can keep them informed about future workouts and any other team activities.
Encourage team members to invite other men to come with them.
Self-preparation for each meeting. Make sure you complete your own Pregame Film Study before each workout.
Make sure the room is properly set up.
Double-check all of the equipment! Make sure the TV, computer, iPad or DVD player are properly connected and working.
Have designated “Quarterbacks” for each meeting who will lead the Huddle Discussions.
The huddles should each be comprised of about 4-6 men.
The huddles should be comprised of the same team members from workout to workout so that the men can bond more closely.
Find several guys who can take turns opening and closing meeting rooms.
EVERYONE makes sure the room is put back in order.
The Coach should send out emails on a regular basis to keep men informed of the next workout.
The Coach’s workout reminder emails can include a link to the Pregame Film Study material (the episode to be used in the next workout).
The Coach should create and maintain a contact list of names, email addresses and phone numbers for follow up.
The Coach and Quarterbacks should be aware of men who are constant "no shows". Let them know they are missed. We suggest a team member be assigned to make sure this happens.