Here’s how to lead a Conquer Group like a champion Coach

By Luke Gibbons

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The great John Wooden won 10 National NCAA Basketball Championships in 12 years and was rightly named Coach of the Century. Wooden led his team to the unbelievable winning streak of seven straight National Championships in college basketball. No other coach has matched this feat, and he stands today as one of the greatest leaders of all time. Coach Wooden had the privilege of mentoring some of the greatest players in basketball such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton.

Shooting for the goalMany of his players have talked about their first encounter with Coach Wooden and have expressed the uniqueness of the first day of practice under his tutelage. All the players were asked to come into the locker room and Coach Wooden would ask them to circle around. At that point he would ask them to take their shoes and socks off. The first thing he would teach them was how to properly put on their socks and shoes so that they would not get any blisters while playing the game. He would express to them that if they didn’t do this basic practice every day, they would end up with painful and debilitating blisters and sores during the game, and possibly have to sit out. If they were a valuable player, sitting out might cost the team the game or even a championship. So being preemptive and learning how to properly put on their socks and shoes would prevent his players from injury. This simple yet priceless practice was the foundation of the many principles he taught each and every athlete that came into the UCLA basketball heritage.

What does John Wooden and the putting on of shoes and socks have to do with the Conquer Series? Just as UCLA had the best basketball program in the U.S. for many years, the Conquer Series is the best resource available for helping men across our nation win the battle against pornography addiction. Often leaders in churches will pick up great resources with the intention of introducing them into the life of their church community but hit road blocks with implementation. The truth is that we at KindgomWorks Studios receive calls on a regular basis asking how to most effectively execute the Conquer Series with the greatest scope and impact.

I can relate to this first hand being a pastor for over 20 years at churches with attendance from 200 up to 10,000. What made all the difference when introducing a new resource was knowing the foundational principles of implementation and the collaboration of trusted and proven leaders who had gone before me. KingdomWorks Studios is now offering training for all leaders as they continue to implement the Conquer Series ministry within their church or are looking at launching this valuable resource for the first time. I have personally walked through the Conquer Series during a recovery season in my life, and have subsequently implemented Conquer groups in my own church and churches across the nation. This training will bring practical application to this incredible resource so that every leader can use this tool to maximize its potential where they lead.

Just as John Wooden trained his athletes to win championships, we will train and equip individual groups and churches to effectively plan, promote and execute the Conquer Series through interactive online training and personal consultation. Through this training, you will be able to answer the following questions:

  • What strategies can help me as a leader maximize the effectiveness of the course?
  • What things can I do to help men struggling in the area of sexual purity?
  • What do I need to be prepared for in leading the group?
  • How do I get guys in my group talking?
  • What do we do after the end of the course for guys who are still struggling?
  • How do I get guys signed up?
  • How do we promote the Conquer Series in our church?

We can tangibly see that the majority of our nation is in one way or another being impacted with the issue of sexual sin. The answer to this present danger upon individual lives, families and society at large are leaders who are trained and equipped to stand up and strategically provide a place for Christ’s freedom’s work to take hold. Join me for this important training! TOGETHER we can learn to be warriors who lace up our shoes and step into this battle ready to win.

II Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

By James Craft

James Craft is a husband, father, author, ordained pastor and co-founder of The Novus Project. James has served as a denominational National Youth Director, and pastored churches in California and Hawaii. He and his wife Teri ( have dedicated their life to leadership training, writing, speaking and bringing awareness to marriages, families and the next generation. James is finishing his Masters Degree in Executive Leadership and Conflict Management as well as Certification in Organizational Coaching. He leads multiple Conquer Series and Pure Desire groups weekly. James will be leading the online Conquer Series training which is now available.

There are two dynamic workshop options available, where you will join other Conquer Series leaders in training online for your convenience:

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