Samson guys are traveling-companions on a great spiritual adventure, not grim pilgrims on a death march to personal holiness. They challenge each other daily to believe the incredible news that God actually knows them, loves them, and has restored them to himself. As they follow Christ together, they find their lives progressively interrupted by righteousness, peace and joy.
They are not a church. They are simply one extension of the church universal.
They are not an “accountability group.” Instead of living their lives separately and reporting (or lying) about their progress, they try to live their lives together.
They are not a “men’s group.” Okay, so there are no women, but that doesn’t make them a men’s group, does it? Please. Most of them have had it up to here with men’s groups.
They are not a 12-step group. Many of them attend 12-step groups and are grateful for them, but their addictions do not define them, and they do not segregate their membership by behavior.
They are not perfect. Not even close. They are broken individuals, but in their fractured fellowship they find a foretaste of God’s approaching re-creation.
The Samson Society began in February, 2004, in Franklin, Tennessee, with a group of 12 men, following a meeting format modeled after those used in 12-step recovery. By February, 2007, the group had grown to more than 50 men, several of whom shared their stories in Samson and the Pirate Monks: Calling Men to Authentic Brotherhood, which was written by Nate Larkin and published by Thomas Nelson. The purpose of the book was to inspire other men to launch similar groups.
Since the publication of the first book, more than 450 Samson Society groups have started in North America, and nearly 10,000 men have registered online at samsonsociety.org.