1 on 1 Discussion Guides

Build common ground and lead a discussion that actually causes a young man to open up



You’d like to be more intentional with a young man in your life – maybe your own son. You just need a place to start. Our 1 on 1 Discussion Guides are a perfect fit. These help you generate fun conversations on interesting topics from a Biblical perspective. You bring the willingness to lead, we’ll give you some help.


Embarking – Start Here

The Embarking 1 on 1 Guide is the starting point for great dialogue. It will help you and your son – or a young man you’re mentoring – get oriented to five key areas of Biblical manhood. We call them the five “big rocks” of godly manhood. You’ll discuss the idea that a godly man trusts the Lord, prays fervently, studies God’s word, builds relationships and serves others. This guide will prime the pump for great dialogue with straightforward questions and easy-to-tackle subject matter. Get your free sample of Embarking 1 on 1.

Manhood Myths

You and your son are bombarded with lies from the enemy. These lies come in some attractive forms and can be disguised behind the veil of honorable pursuits. We can believe that success is defined by our possessions, since after all, we are just providing for our families. Or, we can justify being unloving by believing the lie of the macho, unfeeling man. This guide will help you discuss four lies to which men can fall prey, and how to expose them by becoming Bible-smart “lie detectors.”

Clean Hearts

Young men can be uniquely challenged in the area of purity – and not just related to sexual temptation. They need to be kept pure from greed, selfishness and other destructive life patterns. This guide does not focus exclusively on sexual topics, but, depending on how you handle it, those may come up. This could help you establish an age-appropriate and safe environment to discuss how men can stay untarnished by the world and be a clean, ready vessel for the Father’s use.

Working Well

Working Well explores God’s design for careers, responsibility and productivity. Doing rewarding work is a blessing we can help our young men discover. This guide is highly relevant for young men. It will help us discuss with them how schooling and chores are their current “job.” It’s not a career-counseling course, but may help your son or young man you’re mentoring discover what he wants to be when he grows up. Even better, he might discover who he wants to be!

Leading Lessons

Leadership is a popular topic. For men, it often centers on how to lead a business or sports team. But, as we explore Biblical leadership, we see patterns formed by servant leadership, loving others and putting their needs above our own. We see that leadership equals service. This guide explores the power of God in our lives and how we as leaders should pray and serve. It draws on the deep well of leadership wisdom from the book of Proverbs.

Standing Strong

This life and the enemy throw a lot at men – from pride to temptation to chasing significance through our careers. Standing Strong focuses on tools we can use to defend our ground and advance God’s cause for our lives. It will help empower you and the young man you’re mentoring to be victorious against the schemes of the evil one. This guide concludes with a powerful exercise that will help you both build a personalized battle plan.