WELCOME TO C12 GROUP, THE “CADRE OF THE CALLED.”
You are joining a table of peers that are committing to pursue God’s best in business both with you and for you. As an active C12 member, you can realize significant benefits in your business, your personal life, your family and in the lives of those you lead. In addition, C12 members commonly experience performance results superior to that of their local market peers. You are about to embark on a journey that will challenge, encourage and strengthen you in significant ways!
The C12 Group is an invitation-only, executive-level, peer advisory board created specifically to serve Christian CEOs, business owners, and key executive/management leaders. Our groups typically consist of twelve members plus a professional, full-time chairman/facilitator. We meet together for a full day once each month in a boardroom environment. These meetings can best be described as a “business sabbatical” in which we come together to work intentionally on our companies and leadership skills rather than simply work in our businesses.
These are highly focused meetings conducted in a collaborative learning format. We cover topics related to practical business solutions, how we view our work in the marketplace as our ministry, individual accountability and Christ-centered prayer. In addition to the monthly group meetings, C12 members meet individually with the C12 Chairman for a 60 to 90 minute work and coaching session. Membership in The C12 Group is open to business owners, CEO’s and other appropriate senior executives of privately or publicly-held companies. Qualifications for membership include:
- We are Christians – Our members come from many Christian churches and denominations. We focus on the unifying principles that the Bible is authoritative and useful for our daily lives. In addition, we believe that God cares about what we do (including our vocations or daily work) and that He has a “greater purpose” for the organizations that we run. Our material and discussions center on applied Biblical principles.
- We operate established companies – Generally, we serve companies that have matured beyond the start-up phase. C12 businesses are required to have a minimum of $1 million in annual revenues and, typically, a minimum of five employees.
- We are committed to growth – Our participation as C12 members is focused on constant and consistent growth in all aspects of our lives: As business owners and leaders, as employers, as spouses, as parents. C12 is not a place for spectators, complacency, or a casual approach to our lives. We come together to encourage, strengthen and challenge each other to be more intentional about all areas of our lives.
- We participate actively in C12 group meetings – C12 members are required to attend each monthly board meeting and not more than two absences per year from your board is allowed. Each member has a clear understanding and appreciation for the value of Godly counsel and they come prepared to share their experiences and knowledge in a manner that benefits everyone at the table.
- We commit our time to monthly, one-on-one coaching meetings – The C12 Group Chairman meets individually with each member of the group once per month for a 60 to 90 minute period. These meetings are an extremely important component of the membership benefits of C12. During these meetings, members have an opportunity to carefully assess areas of growth, stagnation and opportunities for positive change.
The C12 Group makes every effort to bring together the top business leaders representing the most respected and successful businesses in the marketplace. Once per month, we come together as a peer advisory board for a full-day meeting. Our focus during these important meetings includes; encouragement, accountability, personal/professional growth, discernment and a collaborative learning environment as we seek practical business solutions and Godly counsel in all areas of our lives. Obviously, our time together during these monthly meetings is critically important. Recognizing this, the following rules must be followed by each C12 board member.
ATTENDANCE – Our C12 board members have cleared their calendar for the day and invest with their monthly dues because you are at the table. When you miss a meeting, you are not hurting the C12 Chairman: You are affecting every member at the meeting. For this reason, you are encouraged to never miss a monthly board meeting. Only two absences are allowed per calendar year from your board. Proxy to another board is an absence from your board. Arrangements must be made with the C12 Chairman a minimum of one week in advance of the monthly board meeting. Please note, sending a text to the C12 Chairman the morning of the meeting to request an excused absence or a late arrival is inappropriate. In addition, members are expected arrive on time and are not permitted to leave early.
NO SOLICITATION – C12 board members are not allowed to make any type of business solicitations to each other. Your relationship with each other is that of a “fellow board member.” C12 is never allowed to become a simple “business networking” event.
ELECTRONICS – Your fellow C12 board members are investing their time and resources in you and, therefore, deserve 100% of your attention throughout the day. Ample breaks are scheduled during the day to allow members to check voicemails as well as respond to urgent matters through texts and/or emails. This type of activity is not allowed at the table during our work sessions together.
ACTIVE PARTICIPATION AND THE STANDARD OF GODLY COUNSEL – Our monthly C12 board meetings are not a time for members to become passive spectators. Every member is encouraged to constantly engage in the focused discussions at the table as they actively participate with their board. C12 board members come together each month to present their most critical and pressing issues and challenges to their fellow board members. These times require Godly wisdom and counsel as members seek to share encouragement, ideas and possible action steps with each other. These discussions are held to a much higher standard than a casual conversation between friends over a meal.
TO DO LISTS AND ACCOUNTABILITY – Our focus during the monthly board meetings together relates to personal and professional growth. Much of our commitment to individual growth steps is recorded through the writing of monthly To Do List items. When we establish a To Do List item, we are committing to ourselves, God and the others around the table that we will complete this action before returning the following month. Be ready to report to your board each month and to be held accountable for your commitments.
CANCELLATION OF MEMBERSHIP – Recognizing the importance of the relationships between fellow C12 board members, prior to terminating membership, members agree give a 1 month notice and meet with their full board to express their intent to leave the group. This is a condition of membership to The C12 Group that is considered non-negotiable.
Membership Qualification/Calling – C12 group membership is considered “invitation only” and is limited to Christians who are business owners, CEOs, presidents, or business unit general managers with responsibility for at least five employees.
Membership Basics – Members meet monthly on a regular day (e.g., 3rd Thursday of each month) and commit to faithful attendance. This is defined as attending at least 10 of 12 monthly meetings each year. This includes any proxy visits at other boards. As an interactive peer community of believers, the effective functioning of group relationships relies on the stability, timeliness and understanding which accompany faithful attendance and transparency. As CEOs, members generally have sufficient control over their calendars to enable such participation. Each member will also select a mutually agreeable time/location (e.g., workplace) each month to meet for 60-90 minutes with the C12 Chairman for one-on-one discussion and counsel.
Membership Agreement and Covenant of Mutual Benefit – I agree that I do/will fulfill the requirements of Membership Qualifications/Calling and Membership Basics that are detailed above. I agree to hold all information shared by other C12 Members in strict confidence, not to actively solicit fellow members, that I will engage according to C12’s stated core principles, and I will refrain from any doctrinal debate. Breaching these standards will result in cancellation of my membership. It is my understanding that membership is for a minimum of a one-year period and is granted on an automatically renewable month-to-month basis and the membership fee (which can be paid monthly, quarterly or annually) is due no later than the first day of each month. Membership fees must be kept current at all times. Membership fees that are not fully paid when due (subject to a five-day grace period) will be subject to a $50 late fee. Prior to termination of membership, I agree to convey my intention of leaving my C12 group to all of the group members during a regular monthly board meeting. I agree to give one month notice to my chair to terminate membership.
In agreement to these terms and conditions, I desire to formally submit this application to C12 Group of Central Texas and The C12 Group, LLC for consideration.
Upon submitting your application/registration for C12 Group – Central Texas you will be contacted by C12 Central Texas to setup and discuss registration and dues fees, and terms. You will receive two invoices: 1) Registration and 2) Your first months Membership dues.