How It Works

Purposely.org is based on a process of carefully crafted, self-directed, peer learning groups. Everything we do revoloves around healthy peer formation and process.

Our Learning Methodology

Peer Learning Groups

Our peer group process is at the center of our learning methodology, and our peer groups themselves are carefully crafted. There is nothing more vital to our success than healthy, authentic groups working in a covenant relationship to help one another along.

We coach the peer groups in a process of self-selection, self-direction, self-reflection, and self-accountability:

Self-Selection

Groups form organically through individual buy-in. Though at times chaotic and messy, we don't interrupt the process by assigning individuals to groups.

Self-Direction

With the help of their mentor, groups identify their own learning goals and design a learning path forward.

Self-Reflection

In a dialogical interplay between shared experiences and group reflection, individuals are offered opportunities to engage in deep, meaningful self-reflection.

Self-Accountability

In loving rather than punitive ways, groups help to hold one another accountable for the things that members identified that they wanted to work on.

Basecamp

Basecamp is the starting point for groups to meet with a coach. Basecamp is offered either in a series of online group sessions or in a series of in person group sessions at one of our local partners.

Trailhead

Our peer learn groups are in a process together over time. Our Trailhead sessions bring groups back together for ongoing coaching and mentoring. A "trail" is a guided learning path that is designed by the peer group with the help of their mentor. In Trailhead sessions, we check-in with groups and help them refine their pathway.

Coaching and Mentoring

We make clear distinctions between teaching, coaching, mentoring, and counseling. While they are all valuable and each has an important role to play, we focus only on coaching and mentoring.
  • Teaching:
  • Coaching
  • Mentoring
  • Counseling

Peer Group Formation Process

Step 1

Be a Trailblazer
Groups don't form on their own. Someone has to be the spark to get it started. That's the trailblazer. Start by sharing with your friends and peers you ideas you have for your group. Having common needs and goals will draw others to your group.

Step 2

Ask a Pathfinder
A Pathfinder is a trained guide to help you in the group formation process and through every part of the process. If you don't have a group and feel that you can't start one, a Pathfinder can help you connect with a group.

Step 3

Enroll in the Program
Your entire peer group of 6-8 should enroll at the same time and begin together. Getting everyone together at the same time is crucial.

Step 4

Basecamp
We call the beginning point for every group Basecamp. It's an orientation and training in the peer group process.

Step 5

Traihead Follow Ups
Coaching doesn't stop after the Basecamp orientation. It's a process that unfolds over time. Trailheads connect groups for ongoing coaching in specific areas of need.
  • Step 1

    Be a Trailblazer
    Groups don't form on their own. Someone has to be the spark to get it started. That's the trailblazer. Start by sharing with your friends and peers you ideas you have for your group. Having common needs and goals will draw others to your group.
  • Step 2

    Ask a Pathfinder
    A Pathfinder is a trained guide to help you in the group formation process and through every part of the process. If you don't have a group and feel that you can't start one, a Pathfinder can help you connect with a group.
  • Step 3

    Enroll in the Program
    Your entire peer group of 6-8 should enroll at the same time and begin together. Getting everyone together at the same time is crucial.
  • Step 4

    Basecamp
    We call the beginning point for every group Basecamp. It's an orientation and training in the peer group process.
  • Step 5

    Traihead Follow Ups
    Coaching doesn't stop after the Basecamp orientation. It's a process that unfolds over time. Trailheads connect groups for ongoing coaching in specific areas of need.

Our Brand

The silhouette of a compass with a person (blue) pointing up toward his/her life direction (lime). How can we help you discover a deeper sense of purpose and life direction?