“STAND AT THE CROSSROADS AND LOOK; ASK FOR THE ANCIENT PATHS, ASK WHERE THE GOOD WAY IS, AND WALK IN IT.”
BECAUSE OF JESUS, AND THROUGH FOLLOWING THE ANCIENT PATHS, YOU CAN TRANSFORM
SO WHAT IS PROJECT 7?
PROJECT 7 IS THE RESULT OF MANY YEARS OF MY OWN JOURNEY. A JOURNEY OF TRYING TO UNDERSTAND HOW BEING A DISCIPLE OF JESUS IMPACTS EVERY AREA OF LIFE AND POINTS US BACK TO ANCIENT PATHWAYS. SOME OF WHICH WE SEE IN THE CREATION ACCOUNT - THE HUMAN ARCHETYPE GOD CREATED.
I’VE WORKED WITH COUNTLESS MEN OVER THE YEARS HELPING IN THESE 7 AREAS, AND NOW WE’RE LEVERAGING “STRENGTH-IN-NUMBERS” AND WORKING TOWARDS BOTH HIGHER CHARACTER AND COMPETENCIES, TOGETHER.
PROJECT 7 IS A 7-MONTH COHORT OF MEN FROM ACROSS THE DFW METROPLEX, WHERE WE’LL BUILD HEALTHY, BIBLICAL, GOSPEL-CENTERED SYSTEMS AND HABITS AROUND THE 7 ANCIENT LIFESTYLE PILLARS, 1 PER MONTH.
EACH MONTH YOU’LL RECEIVE A SHORT 10-30 MINUTE TEACHING & CHALLENGE VIDEO OR AUDIO PODCAST. THIS WILL BE AN INTRODUCTION TO THE PILLAR FOR THE MONTH, THE BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVES BEHIND IT, A FEW PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR GETTING STARTED, AND YOU’LL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING A COMMITMENT TO THE GROUP ABOUT A SMALL CHANGE YOU’LL BE MAKING THAT MONTH IN THAT AREA.
WE WILL HAVE BI-WEEKLY ZOOM CALLS FOR ADDITIONAL TEACHING, Q&A, AND DISCUSSION. THESE WILL BE LATE EVENING SO THAT MEN WHO HAVE KIDS CAN HAVE IT SCHEDULED AFTER HOURS AND BE ABLE TO MAKE A COMMITMENT TO ATTEND THEM. THE ZOOM CALLS WILL ONLY BE EVERY OTHER WEEK, SO AS NOT TO DISRUPT OTHER RHYTHMS. THERE IS NO ADDITIONAL PREP REQUIRED FOR THESE THAT AREN’T A PART OF THE TEACHINGS OR READING.
WE WILL FOLLOW A BIBLE READING PLAN TOGETHER, AND WE’LL READ 1 BOOK PER MONTH, RELATED TO THE PILLAR OF FOCUS FOR THAT MONTH. 5-10 MINUTES A DAY OF READING IS ALL IT TAKES TO KNOCK OUT A BOOK PER MONTH. AS CLICHÉ AND OVERUSED AS THE PHRASE IS, I BELIEVE ‘LEADERS ARE READERS’ AND WE MUST PRIORITIZE OUR PATH TO MASTERY OF THESE PILLARS.
FIRE PIT + WHISKEY + CIGARS + CAMPOUTS
WE WILL HAVE 2-6 GATHERINGS AND/OR CAMPOUTS, SPENDING TIME AROUND THE FIRE PIT FOR WHISKEY, CIGARS, PRAYER, AND FELLOWSHIP.*THERE IS NO REQUIREMENT TO PARTAKE IN WHISKEY OR CIGARS, THAT IS LEFT UP TO THE CONVICTIONS OF EACH MAN. IF YOU’VE STRUGGLED WITH ADDICTION IN THE PAST, PLEASE MAKE WISE CHOICES.OUTCOMES TO EXPECT
IF YOU’RE LIKE OTHERS, YOU PROBABLY HAVE…
NOT GIVEN MUCH THOUGHT TO THE REALITY THAT EVERYTHING IS SPIRITUAL AND EVERYTHING ABOUT LIFE SHOULD BE YIELDED TO CHRIST.
PUSHED FOR PROGRESS IN YOUR BUSINESS OR FINANCES…THEN YOUR RELATIONSHIPS SUFFER.
ADJUSTED LIFE & WORK TO ENGAGE MORE WITH YOUR WIFE AND KIDS…THEN YOU GAIN 20 LBS.
BEGAN TO FOCUS ON YOUR HEALTH AND FITNESS…THEN YOUR FAMILY FEELS NEGLECTED OR YOU DROP THE BALL WITH SPIRITUAL RHYTHMS.
PRIORITIZED SCRIPTURE AND PRAYER IN THE AM…ONLY TO HAVE YOUR MORNINGS FEEL RUSHED, CHAOTIC, AND UNSUCCESSFUL IN OTHER AREAS.
OR MAYBE YOU'VE STRUGGLED TO MAKE PROGRESS ACROSS THE BOARD AND FEEL LIKE YOU’RE NEVER REALLY THRIVING IN ANY AREA.
SO JUST IMAGINE FOR A MINUTE…
YOU FEEL LIKE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD HAS INCREDIBLE DEPTH. (MARK 12:30)
EVERY DAY YOU’RE LIVING IN A WAY THAT’S WORTHY OF THE GOSPEL. (PHILIPPIANS 1:27)
YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR WIFE AND/OR KIDS IS NEXT-LEVEL, AND YOU OPERATE LIKE A WORLD-CLASS TEAM WHO IS ON A GOD-MISSION TOGETHER (GENESIS 1:28).
YOU’RE LIVING RELATIVELY STRESS-FREE AND SLEEPING LIKE A ROCK. (MATTHEW 11:28-30)
YOU FEEL HEALTHY, FIT, AND STRONG. (1 TIMOTHY 4:8)
THERE IS HOPE IN THE ANCIENT PATHS…
WELCOME TO PROJECT 7
WE TAKE 7 MONTHS TO DEVELOP DISCIPLINE IN EACH OF THE 7 LIFESTYLE PILLARS - EACH DERIVED FROM AN ANCIENT PATH OR TRUTH FOUND IN SCRIPTURE - WITH THE HELP OF THE SPIRIT OF GOD.
MAKE NO MISTAKE, THIS WON’T BE EASY. WE’RE NOT HERE FOR QUICK FIXES. IF THAT’S WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR, YOU’RE IN THE WRONG PLACE. THE LANGUAGE PAUL USES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT MAKES IT CLEAR THAT THERE’S A RACE TO RUN, A GOOD FIGHT TO FIGHT, SELF-DISCIPLINE THAT’S REQUIRED.
THAT SAID, MOST MEN JUST NEED THE RIGHT PRACTICAL APPROACH, ALONGSIDE THE RIGHT GROUP OF LIKE-MINDED MEN WHO ARE ALSO IN PURSUIT OF GROWTH.
YOU CAN AND WILL TRANSFORMREGISTER FOR PROJECT 7
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
“The way Chris teaches these ancient truths stirs up one main conviction: how do I align my behaviors to what Jesus has for me? Chris is an excellent communicator with one objective: to create kingdom-focused leaders.”
“Chris is very loving, giving, and intentional with the lives they lead for the Lord. His marriage and family structure is rooted and guided by scripture and that is what he faithfully pours into others. We have been very thankful for the guidance and encouragement!”
WHAT ARE THE 7 LIFESTYLE PILLARS?
Apprenticeship To Jesus - What most churches aren’t teaching about discipleship and how to follow Jesus.
Family As A Team - Lets be honest the nuclear family experiment was a disaster. It has left families exhausted and struggling, and a major "fatherlessness epidemic"
Oikos & Community - The New Testament shows us a ‘version’ of community - a facet of the Church, if you will - that is missing from Western Christianity. Some simple repeatable rhythms can help restore this and bring to life a depth of authentic community beyond what you thought was possible in today's Church circles.
Food - A person can really only thrive if they’re healthy, have the energy they need, and can live a long, impactful life. Food is the #1 physical key. Food is medicine. How approach food says a lot about how gospel-centered our idea of the body and health are.
Sleep - Most people caught in the rat-race we call 21st Century USA suck at sleeping well. But sleep is both physical and spiritual, and it’s a gift from God designed to help us thrive. Without good sleep, we’ll never be able to really maximize anything in our lives. Our lack of good rest also is an indicator of how we view God.
Movement - Fitness can often be illusive for most men with families. The more kids, the less they exercise. It doesn’t have to be this way! Men need to learn to find a balanced and sustainable approach to healthy movement.
Primal Trio - Ground, Sun, Cold - God created the world to meet the needs of humans. He hardwired everything to function together. There are aspects of the Earth, the Sun, and temperature changes that God created for our benefit. These habits are long lost in the west and are creating sickness and lack of resilience.
WHY WE WILL TALK ABOUT CALLING/WORK BUT WE WON'T TALK ABOUT MONEY AND BUSINESS IN PROJECT 7?
Spiritual, relational, and physical wellbeing are seen in scripture to be the most important - but in the modern West, they are the most neglected and misunderstood.
If money and work don’t take their rightful seats in line behind spiritual, relational, and physical wellbeing, it runs the risk of becoming our love and priority, drawing us away from God and having the potential of causing us to walk away from our faith altogether. (1 Timothy 6:9-10)
The greatest command in the law is to love the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength. This often takes hard work and strategy. (Mark 12:30)