For those using BraveHearts Mentoring Solutions for Sexual Integrity over the past 5 years...
Hi, I'm Michael Leahy. I discovered pornography when I was 11 and struggling with it for most of my life. But after hitting rock bottom almost 20 years ago, I've been free from my addiction and living a redemptive life helping others along their journey to freedom.
It's my pleasure to invite you to join me in this Great Adventure and become a Certified BraveHearts Mentor who also leads men and women to freedom.
For the past 5 years, I've been conducting my own "proof of concept" by taking a mentoring-centric approach to recovery. That is, I've been meeting with sexually addicted men 1-on-1 and in small groups, guiding them through their recovery. In these past 5 years, I've spent over 4,000 hours mentoring 100+ men.
Like a sherpa guide leading a group of climbers up through treacherous mountains they've never climbed before, I've instructed these men to just "clip onto my rope" and follow me. I guide them as God guides me, helping them navigate through a process I call sexual integrity discipleship.
Drawing off of my own 15 years of sexual addiction recovery experience, not to mention the 30 years I spent in a growing relationship with pornography and sexual sin, my "mentees" - addicted or not - trust my judgement as I lead them and model sexual integrity, wise decision-making, and healthy intimacy in relationships.
Recovery happens in relationships!
That's just one of the many lessons I've learned over these past 5 years of mentoring sexually addicted men. But it's not just any connection they desire. After years, even decades, of living double lives where we never could allow our true selves to be fully known by another, even our wives, what men in recovery really need are safe connections.
That's one of the reasons why I believe mentoring works so well in recovery. Because, in my humble opinion, the best mentors - the only ones these men will trust - are the men who've been there.
In other words, I believe the main reason I've been so effective in leading so many men to freedom in Christ from their sexual addiction is because I went through it first myself. Been there, done that. It's like the difference between sympathy and empathy. People can just tell.
Of course, there's much more to this process than I'm making it sound. But here's the good news - when it comes to the mentoring model and process and methodology, it's all teachable! As for your redemption story, well, either have one or you don't. So if you're reading this and you're still working on your recovery, just keep plugging away. Your getting well should be your top priority right now. Having a rock solid recovery and redemption story is a prerequisite to mentoring men and women who are sexually addicted.
Let's face it - sherpa guides who've never climbed Mt. Everest before have no business hiring themselves out to unsuspecting climbers to scale a mountain that's cost men their lives. Quite frankly, taking the long, arduous journey through sexual addiction recovery is no different.
But then again, not everyone's an addict. In fact, the vast majority of people I've met who ask for help and advice aren't sexually addicted. They've struggled over the years with sexual temptation and sexual sin, but without it ever escalating in their life to the point of being a compulsive or addictive behavior. But they've also never received training in the area of overcoming sexual temptation and building sexual integrity.
So if you have a sexual addiction redemption story, OR have been victorious, are living in freedom from sexual sin, and just want to help others through your learned experiences and acquired wisdom, WE WANT YOU!
If you're reading this, chances are you're one of the redeemed. Whether it's a calling, or a desire, or a deep stirring to help and serve others like you that's motivating you to read this, BraveHearts was designed for people like you. We're freedom-fighters who see this as our ministry of reconciliation. And now, we have a brand new weapon in our arsenal to use against the enemy that can help us set the captives free!
5-Year Mentoring Pilot
Year - Phase / Time Spent
No. of Mentees
Mo. 1 - Mo. 12
No. of Mentees
Year 1 - Startup / Part-time
2 - 10
Year 2 - Early Growth / Half-time
10 - 14
Year 3 - Solid Growth / Full-time
14 - 22
Year 4 - Coasting / Three-Quarter time
22 - 20
Year 5 - Pulling Back / Half-time
20 - 14
Ave. Top 2 Years
One of my goals when starting this pilot was to see if a one-person mentoring ministry could succeed and over time become self-supporting. That's why I started it as a for-profit ministry and only used non-profit funding when it came in the form of a scholarship or matching grant for someone I might be mentoring.
The results are published for all to see in the table above. Please understand I'm not doing this to boast. I know that each and ever person I mentored, and every dollar they invested, was the result of God allowing it. Instead, I'm proud of the fact that we've proven this model works as a reliable source of income!
Whether your financial goal is to start out mentoring part-time (like I did) and just keep it that way to generate some supplemental income, or you want to grow your mentoring ministry into a full-time job and career change (again, like I ended up doing), this ministry model is proven and it works!
NOTE: In case you're wondering, the reason you see the decline in # of mentees and income after year 3 is because I started purposefully cutting back on the amount of time I spent mentoring men so I could shift more of my focus to further developing this mentor training program. Creating a ministry model that's replicable has always been a part of my vision for BraveHearts.
DISCLAIMER: Even though these were the results I experienced personally, I just want to remind you that we're not guaranteeing that you'll experience these same results. There are a lot of variables involved, not the least of which is the amount of effort you put into building your mentoring ministry. I'm just sharing this info to show you that it's possible to generate this kind of income.
Let's face it - raising money from donors to support yourself in this area of ministry can be really difficult. Not only are we dealing with a subject matter that most people in the church are still uncomfortable talking about, but a lot of the people we approach for funding support are struggling with this themselves and still not dealing with it. Our efforts, noble as they may be, just hit too close to home for some of them. And that includes most of the pastors and church staff members out there.
So, to help you achieve BOTH your ministry goals AND your financial goals, I created a course called, appropriately enough, Launch Your Mentoring Ministry. Because that's exactly what I wanted to do - to help people like you start your own mentoring ministry. So I went back and thought through everything I've done over the past 5 years of running my own successful mentoring ministry. From my own start-up to finding my first clients to choosing my curriculum to figuring out where we'd meet and when and how often, and deciding what to charge them, and on and on.
I've reflected back on a thousand decision I made, and continue to make. Good ones, and not so good. From the smallest details to the biggest game changers, they're all the kinds of decisions you'll have to make as you launch and grow your mentoring ministry. Unfortunately, no one had a roadmap for me to follow when I started mentoring. But now you do! You can choose to go it alone, or we can take that journey together.
In the true spirit of mentoring, I can be your sherpa guide to help you successfully navigate your way through the multitude of decisions that lie ahead of you, offering my insight and experiences and hard earned wisdom along the way. Whatever your mentoring ministry goals might be, I can put you on the most direct path towards achieving those goals.
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As you can probably tell, I love being a mentor. I think it's arguably the best job in the world. Next to mentoring men, my greatest joy is loving and living life with my wife of 8 years Christine, hanging out with my boys Chris and Andrew, and sharing our home with two adorable sister cats, Chloe and Cleo.
While Christine and I love to travel, we're also big homebodies. We enjoy going to the movies, taking long walks in the park along Lake Lanier near where we live, and going on epic big driving trips.
Two years ago, thanks largely to the flexibility I enjoy as a self-employed mentor, we took a month-long driving trip from Atlanta to Seattle and back. It was a combination of camping and staying in hotels. I still met with my mentees by phone, but had plenty of time to take in the scenery and enjoy our amazing National Parks along the way.
While we currently live in Gainesville, GA, we both love the West and hope to move to Montana one day.
Actually, it's both. All of the course content you'll be going through is delivered via BraveHearts University, our online learning management system. So you'll be able to go through it at your own pace.
But I'll also be doing scheduled weekly, video-based Group Mentoring sessions that feature live teaching and topical group discussions to help reinforce your learning.
So while there's a set start date and regularly scheduled group mentoring sessions, most students proceed at their own pace.
Not a problem at all. In fact, I really don't expect many students to be able to make all of the group mentoring sessions I'll be offering.
That's why I record them all and will make them available to you to view at your leisure any time on BraveHearts University.
All of this takes place when you click on the respective button in the pricing table. It'll take you to a secure payment page where you will make your first payment.
If you're paying the full discounted amount up front, then there are no more payments to concern yourself with. That initial payment will be your only one you'll make and will reserve your seat in the class.
If you've chosen one of the other payment plans, then your first payment will serve as your deposit and reserve your seat in the class. Any subsequent payments that need to be made will be automatically charged to your card or bank account on that anniversary date for however many months you've chosen.
There's not a strict limit per se, but in the first class we had 30 students. That was a nice number to work with, although we could easily accommodate more if we had to. It really depends on what kind of demand we see the second time around. But I'm sure we'll want to stop taking new enrollments at some point.
We plan on offering the Mentor Training & Certification only twice in 2017. The first class will begin on March 1, and the second class will begin on September 1. Both Launch Your Mentoring Ministry classes run for 12 weeks each, and the Certification Program runs for an additional 4 weeks.
Absolutely! We'd love to have spouses who are partners in ministry go through our training together. So we'll be continuing our policy of letting those spouses of our paying students fully participate in the training with them free of charge!