The First 90 Days
The first 90 days of any job are crucial. Getting off to the best start possible greatly increases the likelihood of success. As you enter your role as an Area Director, there will be several “first 90 days.” (Of course, 90 days is approximate.)
· The “First 90 Days” After You Are Accepted as an Area Director – this leads up to attending New Staff Training
· The “First 90 Days” After Attending New Staff Training – this is when you begin to generate the financial support necessary to move into full time ministry as an Area Director
· The “First 90 Days” as a Full Time Area Director – You’re funded and ready to build a team and work with churches
We’ve explained each of these stages below, along with a list of the activities and accomplishments an AD would focus on during that time period.
The “First 90 Days” After Being Accepted as an Area Director
You have gone through the application process and been selected as an Area Director. Your first step will be to attend New Staff Training in Orlando, which includes Man in the Mirror Orientation and Monthly Partner Development (MPD). You will receive a package of information from Man in the Mirror with preparation instructions. In addition, you will be assigned to a Man in the Mirror staff “coach” to help you on an ongoing basis.
1. Develop an initial Ministry Budget: With the assistance of your coach, you will determine your monthly budget. This includes all your salary, benefit, office and other expense requirements to develop a viable area ministry to up to 1,000 local churches.
2. Fund your training costs: Raise the support necessary to attend.
a. Pray that God would bring to mind those who would provide you with a one-time gift to cover your training costs.
b. Create a list of 200 potential partners.
c. Prioritize your list and identify the “low-hanging fruit” – those most likely to support your efforts (family, close church friends, small group members, etc.)
d. Work with your coach to execute a proven strategy — including letters, follow-up phone calls and thank you notes — to generate your support for the training.
3. Pray about your Advisory Council: Begin to pray for and generate a list of potential members for your advisory council. Identify key community influencers and role models who have a passion for discipling men, are committed to our vision and willing to serve.
4. Complete New Staff Training.
The “First 90 Days” After Your New Staff Training
Having attended the New Staff Training in Orlando, you are now ready to begin your efforts to identify and develop your financial support team. The items below will likely take longer than 90 days, but these are the necessary first steps as you begin your journey towards becoming a full-time Area Director.
1. Execute your fundraising plan: During the MPD Training, you will have created a concrete plan to build your monthly support base, including appointments with potential partners during your first week back, as well as weekly and monthly goals for activities and results.
2. Keep your day job: During this time, you will maintain your regular employment (if applicable), which means that this activity will have to be done on nights, weekends and time off. Regular contact with your Coach will help you stay motivated and encouraged during this phase.
3. Begin to accept financial support: As new partners join your team, you’ll instruct them to begin supporting your efforts right away. All funds donated during this time will go into your account, less the administrative fee.
4. Additional Training: As you get closer to having your full support raised, you will receive additional training in the No Man Left Behind model and the Journey to Biblical Manhood, as well as how to run an area director ministry.
When you have met the requirements for funds in your account and ongoing monthly support, you will be ready to move to full-time status.
The “First 90 Days” as a Full Time Area Director
This is the moment we’ve been praying about for a long time. It’s time for God to use you to help churches in your area reach and disciple men effectively. Let’s get to work!
1. Develop your advisory council: Contact the leaders you’ve prayed about and invite them to an introductory meeting. Recruit them to the vision of helping churches reach and disciple men.
2. Connect with key leaders in churches: Identify and recruit leaders within individual churches whom you can enable and support in discipling men in their church/community.
3. Recruit churches: Proactively connect with and engage church leaders and pastors regarding the benefits and opportunities related to discipling men in the local church. Explain The Journey to Biblical Manhood, and establish partnerships with them in this ministry.
4. Organization: Build and maintain transparent, collaborative, and effective working relationships with the leadership and other area directors of Man in the Mirror.
There are several other areas of your ministry you will develop over the first year. See the Area Director Position Description for more details.