Frequently Asked Questions
No Regrets Study Series
What is the No Regrets Study Series?
The No Regrets Study Series (NRSS) is much more than just a Bible study. It is a disciple-making initiative to help men in the area of spiritual formation. The goal of NRSS is to empower and equip men in the Christian faith, to involve them in authentic community, to have their lives transformed, to equip them to serve in the church and impact their world for Christ.
Guys meet once a week in a small group setting for about an hour and a half to two hours with the ultimate goal of completing the entire series over a two year time period.
What does the No Regrets Study Series cover?
Learn what it means to be a real disciple of Jesus, how to follow after Jesus, how to pray for others, encourage on another, forgive one another and love one another. You will find your kingdom purpose and prepare to serve as the "hands and feet" of Jesus in the community where you live.
Why should I go through the No Regrets Study Series?
No Regrets is designed to put men in a place where they become an apprentice to Christ, where they can be taught and transformed by God. It will help you care for your soul so that you might find satisfaction in God. Your life purpose will be solidified and energized, inspiring you to pursue the reason God created you. The greatest fear that men have today is not death, but living a life with no purpose. Going through the No Regrets Study Series will help you discover God's purposes for your life and to live it out.
How is the No Regrets Study Series different than other study guides?
NRSS is not just another light-on-content men's Bible study. This series is designed to transform the hearts of men and to create a leadership pipe-line for the local church. The goal of No Regrets is to make fully devoted followers of Christ who make disciples who make disciples.
How many books are in the series?
There are a total of eight books in the series. Each book has eight lessons to be done over an eight week period. The typical small group will complete Books 1-4 during their first year and Books 5-8 during their second. The books were designed to be done sequentially.
NOTE: Each book, with the exception of one, requires at least one supplemental book to be purchased and read in conjuntion with the study guide. These supplemental texts are also sold in our online store and are available at a discount when purchased with the corresponding No Regrets study guide.
How much does it cost?
The cost of each study is $12.95. Most of the studies require at least one supplemental book to be read and referenced through the course of the study. All audio and video messages are available in our No Regrets Study Series Resources section of our website at no additional cost.
How much homework is there each week?
There will be approximately an hour to an hour and a half of homework each week. This will include:
- Scripture Memorization
- Bible Study
- Supplemental Reading
- Audio/Video Messages
- Personal Reflection
These assignments are divided up over 3-5 days to help you budget your time and to get into the practice of being with God on a regular basis.
Are there any outside commitments required?
Besides the homework each week, we encourage the group to consider choosing one service project to do together. It's also a good idea for newly formed groups to do a social event within the first few weeks to allow the spouses to get to know the group members and to hear what NRSS is all about.
I travel a lot. How does it work if I am gone?
Every person will likely miss a week during an 8-week study guide due to vacations, sickness or work. If you do miss a class, it is important to still do your homework and to check in with at least one of the group members to let them know how they can pray for you. This is especially important in terms of accountability within the group.
I'm looking for Top Gun materials and somehow I wound up here. Where can I find them?
Top Gun is a predecessor curriculum to the No Regrets Study Series. We've taken the best aspects of Top Gun and updated and incorporated them into the No Regrets Study Series. Please contact our director, Chris VanBrocklin, at 1-800-919-9059 with additional questions about Top Gun.
What is Beginning the Race?
Beginning the Race (BTR) is a 6-week Bible study designed for men who are just beginning their walk with Christ, especially if they have never experienced a men's small group before. In it, they will discover God's plan for their lives and His training program to help them grow. BTR has minimal homework and no supplemental readings. It's a great prerequisite for many men before they commit to the No Regrets Study Series.
No Regrets Men's Conference
What is the No Regrets Men's Conference?
The No Regrets Men’s Conference is an annual event, started in 1994, designed to create an environment for men to be challenged in their relationship with the Lord at home, in the workplace, and in their ministry. It is held on the first Saturday of February live in Southeastern Wisconsin and at host sites throughout the nation and serves as a catalyst event to launch men into a committment to discipleship.
The 2015 conference saw about 4,000 men attend at the live site at Elmbrook while live streaming out to 71 sites in 4 countries, including 2 correctional facilities. All together, the numbers added up to about 10,000 men worshiping God on the same day!
When is the No Regrets Men's Conference?
The No Regrets Men's Conference is held the first Saturday in February, both live at Elmbrook Church in Southeastern Wisconsin and streamed live to host sites all over the nation and internationally.
The 2016 conference will be February 6, 2016.
What can I expect at the No Regrets Conference?
The No Regrets Men's Conference is growing into a national men’s conference. With over 10,000 men attending the 2015 conference, there is a movement growing of men who are choosing to walk toward a lifetime of faith. Whether you attend the conference live at Elmbrook Church or at one of our host sites across the nation, there are several things men have come to expect from No Regrets:
- High-caliber national platform speakers (Past examples: Tony Evans, Kenny Luck, Steve Farrar, Pete Briscoe, James MacDonald and more!)
- 40+ Seminars featuring relevant and challenging teaching for men from senior pastors, professors of theology, lead pastors, missionaries, authors and more.
- Worship music from the No Regrets Band. Host sites have the option to enjoy the music provided from the live site or to do their own.
- Testimonies from real guys who have experienced transformation from an incredible God
Find more information, including videos from past conferences, at www.noregretsconference.org
What is a Host Site?
We stream it. You host it. Men's lives change.
One thing that makes the No Regrets Men's Conference unique and incredibly powerful is our committment to bringing the conference to men across the globe. We do this through our host site network. Churches of every size have joined the movement and become host sites, streaming the conference to their site via HD video. Many churches choose to join forces with other churches in their area to maximize the impact on the men in their neighborhoods.
Through the No Regrets Host Site Program, the gospel is coming men in the hard-to-reach places. In 2015, we were blessed to bring the No Regrets Men's Conference to two correctional facilities, one at the United States Disciplinary Barracks in Kansas and the other at Milwaukee House of Corrections in Wisconsin.
For more information on becoming a host site, go to http://www.noregretsconference.org/become-a-host/
How do I find a host site in my area?
We are adding host sites in more locations each year in more states and more countries. Looking to attend the No Regrets Conference at a site close to you? Use this Host Site Directory
to search for a site near you.
No host site in your area yet? We would love to tell you more about how easy it is to host the No Regrets Conference at your church. Find more information at http://www.noregretsconference.org/become-a-host/
or Contact Us with any questions.
I'd like to volunteer at the next No Regrets Conference. How do I get involved?
To volunteer at the Elmbrook site, CLICK HERE
to see available serving opportunities.
To volunteer at your local host site, please contact that site directly. Use our Host Site Directory
to find out more information.
How to Build a Life-Changing Men's Ministry
What is "How to Build a Life-Changing Men's Ministry?"
How to Build a Life-Changing Men's Ministry is a book by Steve Sonderman, first published in 1996 and updated in 2010 that changed the way churches approached men's discipleship. We use Steve's book as a part of No Regret's Men's Ministries to help us coach and connect pastors and men's leaders around the world as they disciple men. The goal is to help them succeed in establishing fully functional and vibrant men's ministries in their churches.
What resources are avilable in the How to Build Program?
There are currently three ways to receive HTB training:
- How to Build a Life-Changing Men's Ministry - The leading book on men's ministry basics. Whether you are starting a men's ministry from scratch or wanting to jump-start an establishe program, Steve Sonderman gives you the inspiration and practical ideas necessary to take your ministry to the next level.
- Video Workshop - A self-guided DVD-based series designed for the leadership team of a church or a few churches in a city to work together to strengthen their men's discipleship ministries.
- HTB Live Workshop - Where we come to you! On-site training from our No Regrets faculty that usually takes place in a Friday evening through Saturday afternoon workshop setting. It is designed for a variety of local churches and leadership teams working together to strengthen their men's discipleship ministries.
What topics are covered in the How to Build Training?
The primary areas of men's ministry that are covered in our HTB Training are:
- The purpose and philosophy of an effective men's ministry
- The process and principles for carrying out your ministry
- Building high impact teams
- Developing leadership for your ministry
- Starting small groups for men
- Keeping the ministry personal
- Developing a plan for your ministry
In addition, the workshops encourage plenty of time for personal spiritual renewal, designing your unique plan, and connection with others in ministry to men.
How do we get the How to Build Training?
You can order the HTB book and the HTB video workshop kit from our online store and you can contact us to help you with an execution plan for your training. Our No Regrets staff can help with materials and resources for planning a training just for the leaders of your church, planning a regional event for several churches, and everything in between.
Who is behind the How to Build Program?
Some twenty-plus years ago, Stuart Briscoe, then Senior Pastor of Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin approached Steve Sonderman, his Associate Pastor of High School and College Ministries and asked him to lead a men's ministry in their church. The men's ministry at Elmbrook flourished under Steve's leadership, leading to the development of Top Gun and later, No Regrets Men's Ministries. He learned ground-breaking truths about how men need to be discipled to be able to make disciples themselves. Steve wrote the book How to Build a Life-Changing Men's Ministry, a book that captured his experiences of starting a mens' ministry from scratch and building a leadership factory for Elmbrook. Today, thousands of men around the world are impacted throughout the year by the No Regrets discipleship movement and we want you to be a part of it.
Who can help me as a men's ministry leader?
No Regrets is not just a conference, a Bible study, or a training. Our desire is for every leader that disciples men to have a cohort to meet with them, encourage them, pray for them, and learn together. We encourage men's leaders to seek each other out and form cohort teams. We can help you to connect with other leaders in your area, if need be. But, we believe that it is essential that every men's leader be connected.
Who can I contact at No Regrets Men's Ministries?