Frequently Asked Questions

What are the prerequisite courses 1, 2, and 3? – Some students have started the Mastermind Program only to realize it was too much or they did not have the time to do it the right way or for some other reason, they had to stop. We developed three prerequisite courses so they could “try” the Mastermind Program without committing to the entire course.

These three courses are the first three blocks of the “actual” Mastermind Program. Think of it as miniature modules of our excellent training that permits you to try it out before you commit to the entire training.

What is the financial cost? – Each prerequisite course is $100. Thus, you can “do the Mastermind Course” for $100 to see if you want to continue. If you decide to stop, you may do so at no additional cost. If you want to continue, you would progress to the second and third prerequisite courses—$100 per prerequisite.

If you want to keep going, you would start the first of five semesters to complete the entire Mastermind course. Each semester costs $250. Thirty days after you pay any semester fee, you will pay a $100 recurring monthly fee for your ongoing supervision. (There is no supervision fee for the prerequisite courses—only after you enter the first semester.)

When may I begin?You may start at any time after you submit your $100 non-refundable payment for the first prerequisite course. It is self-paced, so you pick your start time.

May I take a break or stop at any time?If you ever need to stop, you stop. Our program is an integrity program in that we trust each other. If a person becomes sick or needs to take a break for any reason or does not want to do the program, they can stop. There are no penalties for pausing. However, the only way to access this online resource is to be actively “doing the program.”

Why is there a $100 recurring billing? – Because of the ongoing supervision and the need to pay your supervisors, there is a $100 per month payment that begins 30 days after you purchase the first or any of the subsequent semesters—not the three prerequisites—and lasts for the duration of that semester, unless you quit or pause, as outlined previously.  If you stop the program or take a break, you must notify us to let us know you want to end the recurring billing. Anything you have paid is not refundable.

Are there any refunds?No.

Why should I not take this program? – The MMP is a leadership course, not for “counselees,” or those who try to use it as an alternative to counseling. People do not quit because it’s beyond their intellectual ability. They leave because of one (or all) of the following elements:

  1. Lack of proper personal discipline.
  2. Lack of adequate time management skills.
  3. Lacks an unwavering passion for helping individuals.
  4. Does not have courageous grace for self-examination.
  5. Is not “in faith” for the process.
  6. They procrastinate.
  7. They don’t know how to balance life on the go.

A few things to consider:

  1. It requires discipline: If you are not skilled in time management or procrastinate, you will not be able to do this program.
  2. It stretches you mentally: We will challenge you to apply the Bible to everyday situations practically. It is one thing to know and be awed by God’s omnipresence, for example. Still, it’s a different matter to understand how to practically connect sound doctrine (omnipresence) to a person struggling with problems.
  3. You must be mature: This is an apprenticeship, where there is specific and customized supervision sculpted to your uniqueness. Our goal is not to teach you how to counsel others but to teach you how to counsel yourself.
  4. You are your first, primary, and most crucial counselee. Always. We are not looking for just anybody. We are looking for those who are passionate about God, life, and others. While we don’t want to run you away from this program, we want to be honest with you.

What would be a ballpark estimate of the number of hours a week needed to do the weekly work if a person planned to complete the course in 18 to 36 months? – Typically, the time commitment is approximately five to ten hours a week. It is difficult to fully capture how much time you spend “doing the program” because a lot of time happens while doing other things. Here are a few examples:

  1. You’re listening to the audio assignments on the way to work or while you’re running errands.
  2. You’re thinking through case studies while on a walk, a run, or shopping.
  3. You’re responding to Systematic Theology (ST) during lunch breaks at work.

Those moments are hard to quantify, but as far as “dedicated desk-time,” you’re probably talking about five to ten hours a week. We recommend you set up a specific time to do your coursework while finding those spots, as outlined above, to capture as much time as you need to do the program well.

You will need (1) passion for the work, (2) personal discipline, (3) time management skills, (4) biblical habituations, and (5) an organized mind. These five things are essential if you want to counsel well. Every skilled and seasoned disciple/counselor has mastered those disciplines.

Does this training program qualify for certification?Yes. We help the student identify strengths, weaknesses, and attainable results that manifest into the fullest measure of what they can be as Christians. At the end of the program, we give one of four certifications that mirror where they are on the discipleship spectrum.

  • Certification IV – Discipler
  • Certification III – Disciple-Maker
  • Certification II – Informal Counselor
  • Certification I – Formal Counselor

Certification Expanded

  • Certification IV – Discipler: Mentor, Friend, Soul-Care Provider, Companion, Advisor
  • Certification III – Disciple-Maker: Mentor, Friend, Soul-Care Provider, Companion, Advisor, Leader, Guide, Ability To Replicate, Small Group Leader, Teacher
  • Certification II – Informal Counselor: Mentor, Friend, Soul-Care Provider, Companion, Advisor, Leader, Guide, Ability To Replicate, Small Group Leader, Teacher, Competent Counselor in Some Counseling Situations
  • Certification I – Formal Counselor: Mentor, Friend, Soul-Care Provider, Companion, Advisor, Leader, Guide, Ability To Replicate, Small Group Leader, Teacher, Competent Counselor in Some Counseling Situations, Personal-Relational-Familial-Situational Counselor, Complex Cases

What does certification mean?Some people have overstated receiving certification. It will not give you a special inroad or larger platform necessarily. The main thing that will bring people to you for counseling is your ability to counsel, as appropriated by God’s grace. Your reputation as a competently skilled counselor—more than anything else—is what will set you apart as someone that people will seek.

Your unique skill set happens because of the grace of God in your life, as the good Lord works in you, through you, and for you—according to the gifting He has given you, and according to your desire and discipline to work out what He has given you. If you have the desire to counsel and the skill (God-gifting) to do so, and you passionately seek to appropriate those means of God’s grace into your life, the Lord may build you a platform to care for many people.