Our mission is to help ministry leaders unite believers to develop more and better disciples. That mission is a combination of Matthew 28 and Ephesians 4.
I believe that software can be a significantly valuable component to accomplish that mission. Our software helps leaders train, equip, engage, and empower their people to make disciples. We’ve served over 1,700 churches and over 200,000 people with our software.
But sometimes you need a tool that’s not software at all…something physical that helps accomplish the mission of developing more and better disciples.
So much of personal development happens in 1-on-1 conversations. Whether you’re a mentor, a team leader, a counselor, or just a good friend helping to disciple a newer Christian, those 1-on-1 conversations can be some of the most valuable moments in life.
We have wanted, for awhile, to build something that boosts the effectiveness and power of those conversations. For a long time, we planned to create another software product that would make those 1-on-1 conversations more impactful, but as time went on we realized most people don’t want technology creeping into those intimate, personal moments.
So we decided to create something non-technical. It’s a planner that you can print and keep in a three-hole binder. Simple right?
We call it the BuildUp Planner for two reasons. First, because 1 Thessalonians 5 says to “encourage and build up one another”. Second, we like ______Up names for things. It’s a branding thing…
How to Use the BuildUp Planner
The BuildUp Planner has two components.
The first component is the Profile. The Profile is where you’ll keep high-level information about the person you want to build up. You’ll use it to track things like the purpose of your relationship, the person’s goals in your relationship, the date and purpose of each of your meetings, what they’re reading or experiencing to learn and grow, and then space for open-format notes about the person.
The second component is the Meeting. The Meeting is you’ll keep more granular information about each time you get together for a 1-on-1 conversation. You’ll use it as a record of what they’re working toward, their homework (if any), what they’re learning, what you’ve discussed together, what is going well and what they’re challenged with, and some space for open-format notes from the meeting. Each meeting has space for what they should do before the next meeting.
Finally, we provide space to rate how your mentee is doing in three key areas of commitment and engagement: Punctuality, Preparedness, and Presence.
Punctuality: Did they show up on time, respecting your time and investment in their growth?
Preparedness: Did they come prepared with the expected homework complete and ready to discuss relevant topics?
Presence: Did they pay attention and stay focused on the conversation at hand or were they distracted?
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