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Still Time to Catch the Extra Super Early Bird Price for GroupLife Southwest

glsw-squareI hope you’re planning to join us for GroupLife Southwest! And I really hope you’ll take advantage of the Extra Super Early Bird Price ($99.95 until October 15th)!

A powerful lineup of trusted small group ministry experts and leading practitioners (Bill Willits and Tim Cooper from North Point, Chris Surratt from LifeWay, Dave Enns from North Coast, Hugh Halter from Forge America, Todd Engstrom from Austin Stone, me, and more).

Do you know what’s timeless and what’s timely? Learn the principles and practices that are making grouplife work in the 21st century.

Hang out with hundreds of small group ministry practitioners.

Las Vegas in March!

Find out more at GroupLifeSouthwest.com.

You’re Invited! Join My 2017 Coaching Network!

2017-coaching-network-finalMy 2017 Small Group Ministry Coaching Network experience is designed to give you the tools and strategies you need in order to build a small group ministry that works in the 21st century. The coaching network program will expose you to a new perspective. While it makes sense that in order to get different results you need to do different things…it’s not always clear what those different things might be. My coaching network program is designed around the idea that different, not better, leads to the kind of strategy that connects beyond the usual suspects.

Who will be part of the network? Each of my networks are limited to 15 participants and are designed for small group champions who serve in a local church. Because of the nature of the role, champions may be senior pastors, executive pastors, small group pastors and directors, ministers of education, and other key leaders.

What will you receive?

  • Five monthly coaching sessions. Anchored by a 90 minute video conference call, these group session provides focused exposure to the strategies that will build a more powerful platform.  Sessions are scheduled at 11am Pacific on January 19th, February 16th, April 20th, May 18th, and June 15th).
  • Two day gathering in Las Vegas. March 29th: 1pm-5pm followed by dinner | March 30th: 8am-12pm
  • Bonus: Registration for GroupLife Southwest is included (my small group conference here in Las Vegas is March 27th and 28th)
  • Focused training on key strategic steps including planning with the end in mind, developing an annual grouplife calendar, identifying an unlimited number of new leaders, launching new groups in waves, and impacting your community through groups.
  • Tools, strategies and next steps to be implemented after every session.
  • Access to special password protected network pages with customized content for each session.
  • Scheduled 60 minute one-on-one calls to address questions more specifically, bring team members into the conversation, or help equip your senior pastor or other key staff members.
  • The opportunity to connect with other network participants between sessions
  • Email access to Mark during the six months

What are the expectations?

  • Participate in all six sessions
  • Invest as little as $1050* (*super early bird pricing thru 10/31/15, early bird pricing of $1150 from 11/1-11/30, $1250 after 11/30/15)
  • Cover your own travel expenses to the two day gathering
  • Commit to the reading and exercises between sessions

What’s next? Complete the Coaching Network Application. My 2017 Coaching Network begins on January 19th, 2017. Questions? Contact me.

5 Reasons I Launched GroupLife Southwest: a New Small Group Ministry Conference

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5 Reasons I Launched GroupLife Southwest

I get a lot of questions. I’ve had a lot over the last few weeks as I’ve moved closer to launching GroupLife Southwest 2017.

“Why are you launching a new small group ministry conference?”

“Do we really need another small group ministry conference?”

“Shouldn’t you just stream the conference? Why host a live venue?”

Good questions. And these are just a few. There have definitely been others.

Here are the 5 main reasons:

  1. To give you live access to some of the most important small group ministry ideas. Reading about small group ministry is one thing. Interacting with leading practitioners and trusted experts is another thing.
  2. To expose you to the systems, models and strategies designed for the 21st century. If you’re paying attention to the culture, it is an inescapable reality that every step into the 21st century takes us farther away from the way things were when many of the most common small group ministry practices were developed. Connecting people and making disciples in the 21st century will require new insights.
  3. To provide a west coast gathering for small group ministry practitioners. When I’ve written about conferences I’ve been to in other parts of the country, I’ve routinely heard from readers who’ve wished for a closer option.
  4. To provide an additional conference at a time when there are limited options. It just seems like there were more options not that long ago. At the moment, there are only two main options (Saddleback’s The Lobby and North Point’s re:group). Both are excellent. GroupLife Southwest will add an important additional option.
  5. To provide a conference that curates a diverse collection of systems, models and strategies, The speakers you’ll hear are representatives of a variety of effective systems, models and strategies. Exposure to their thinking will help you identify and develop the best approach for your church and your community.

Bottom line? I really hope you’ll join us for GroupLife Southwest 2017! I don’t want you to miss it. And I’d love to meet you!  Here’s a link to the conference website for more information.

GroupLife Southwest 2017 Launches TODAY!

grouplife-southwest-eventbrite-banner-2It’s official! I launched the website for GroupLife Southwest 2017 this morning!

It’s been on my mind for a number of years to hold a small group ministry conference here in Las Vegas. And it finally happens  March 27-28, 2017 (just about the perfect time to come to Vegas. Warm here. Not so much elsewhere ;-))

We’ve invited a fantastic lineup of speakers (Bill Willits and Tim Cooper from North Point, Chris Surratt from LifeWay, Dave Enns from North Coast, Todd Engstrom from Austin Stone, and Hugh Halter from Forge America. And me!).

And one other small detail. For the first 30 days I’m offering an extra super early bird price. I think you’ll like it.

You can find out everything you need to know about GroupLife Southwest 2017 right here.

Today Only! These Mini-Courses Are 25% Off

Happy Labor Day Sale!

Sorry! Times up! You can find out about my regularly priced mini-courses right here:

  • How to Design, Build and Sustain a Thriving Small Group Ministry launches this Thursday and is my newest 4 session mini-course that will take you through what I believe are four essential steps.  This course is based on my most requested and most popular workshop, it draws more positive comments and rave reviews than anything else I talk about. (Full course description right here).
  • How to Maximize YOUR Church-Wide Campaign: No other strategy for launching new groups is as powerful as the Church-Wide Campaign strategy. This mini-course will teach you how to recruit way more leaders than you ever thought possible, launch more groups than ever before, connectWAY beyond the usual suspects, and recruit and train the coaches you need in order to sustain the new groups you launch. (Full course description right here).
  • Building an Effective Coaching Structure is not easy…but you can do it. There is no substitute for doing it the right way. Conferences and seminars are great…but can be an expensive proposition when you’re talking about sending a team. Why not take advantage of step-by-step training from the comfort of your home or office? (Full course description right here).
  • Basic Training for New Small Group Coaches is a follow-up course to Building an Effective Coaching Structure (BECS). Where BECS teaches you how to identify, recruit and deploy coaches, it doesn’t equip you to train the new coaches you recruit for their very first assignment. I designed Basic Training for New Small Group Coaches to be used two ways. You can take advantage of my trainings and teach them to your new coaches. OR, you can simply offer the link and password to your new coaches and allow me to train them! (Full course description right here).

 

Pssst. I’m Launching a Small Group Ministry Conference

grouplifePssst. I’m Launching a Small Group Ministry Conference

That’s right. I’m launching a small group ministry conference in Las Vegas. And I could use a little help.

Here are the details:

March 27th and 28th, 2017 (Las Vegas has great weather in March).

The conference is for small group ministry point leaders (paid and unpaid). It will also be a great experience for key ministry volunteers (i.e., coaches and other high capacity leaders).

I’ve already lined up 6 great speakers you are going to love:

  1. Bill Willits: Executive Director of Ministry Environments for North Point Ministries
  2. Tim Cooper: Leader Training and Resources team for North Point Ministries
  3. Chris Surratt: Discipleship and Small Group Specialist for LifeWay Christian Resources
  4. Dave Enns: Lead Pastor Small Groups Ministry, North Coast Church
  5. Hugh Halter: U.S. Director of Forge
  6. Todd Engstrom: Executive Pastor of Ministries at The Austin Stone Community Church

I’m still working out the pricing but it will be in the same range as re:group or the Lobby.

The website will go live on 9/15/16.

Here’s where you come in:

I’d love to hear from you about the conference. You could help me with a little information.

First, would you email me and let me know you’re interested.

Second, in the email would you tell me which small group ministry speakers you’d like to hear from and what topics you’d like to learn about?

Thanks for your help!

Earlybird’s Closing Tomorrow! How to Design, Build and Sustain a Thriving Small Group Ministry

Design, Build and Sustain a Thriving Small Group Ministry

The earlybird rate ended Friday

How to Design, Build and Sustain a Thriving Small Group Ministry

Coming to the conclusion that you might need a new design for your small group ministry?  Concerned that there may be something (or a collection of factors) preventing you from taking your small group ministry where you need to go?

You’re Invited!

I want to invite you to join me for my new 4 session mini-course: How to Design, Build and Sustain a Thriving Small Group Ministry.  Much more than an update, this mini-course is based on my most requested and most popular workshop, it draws more positive comments and rave reviews than anything else I talk about.

Here’s what you’ll gain:

  • An accurate diagnosis of your current situation (limiting factors, barriers, untapped resources and advantages)
  • The tools that will help you identify future opportunities with the most upside.
  • Resources that help you craft a preferred future that will help your ministry move in the right direction
  • The strategies that will help you move in the direction of your preferred future and stay on course.

What’s Included:

  1. Four 75 minute sessions (60 minutes of content + 15 minutes Q&A)
  2. Downloadable outlines (allowing you to capture every detail)
  3. Each session is packed with actionable takeaways
  4. All sessions are downloadable to share with your team
  5. Password-protected site with additional supporting resources.
  6. 100% money back guarantee.  If you’re not completely satisfied…I’ll refund your money.
  7. Take advantage of my earlybird pricing at $39.95 (Regular pricing: $49.95)
  8. Add a diagnostic coaching call at a special reduced rate (My regular price for a 60 minute call is $125)
  9. Questions?  Email Me for information.

When, Where and Other Details:

  • The first session is on Thursday, September 8th at 11:00 a.m. pacific.
  • Sessions 2 thru 4 are on September 15th, September 22nd and September 29th..
  • Regular pricing: $49.95
  • Take advantage of a 20% discount ($39.95) through August 26th.
  • Add a diagnostic coaching call at a special reduced rate (My regular price for a 60 minute call is $125)
  • Questions?  Email Me for information.

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How to Design, Build and Sustain a Thriving Small Group Ministry (My Next Mini-Course)

Design, Build and Sustain a Thriving Small Group MinistryHow to Design, Build and Sustain a Thriving Small Group Ministry

Coming to the conclusion that you might need a new design for your small group ministry?  Concerned that there may be something (or a collection of factors) preventing you from taking your small group ministry where you need to go?

You’re Invited!

I want to invite you to join me for my new 4 session mini-course: How to Design, Build and Sustain a Thriving Small Group Ministry.  Much more than an update, this mini-course is based on my most requested and most popular workshop, it draws more positive comments and rave reviews than anything else I talk about.

Here’s what you’ll gain:

  • An accurate diagnosis of your current situation (limiting factors, barriers, untapped resources and advantages)
  • The tools that will help you identify future opportunities with the most upside.
  • Resources that help you craft a preferred future that will help your ministry move in the right direction
  • The strategies that will help you move in the direction of your preferred future and stay on course.

What’s Included:

  1. Four 75 minute sessions (60 minutes of content + 15 minutes Q&A)
  2. Downloadable outlines (allowing you to capture every detail)
  3. Each session is packed with actionable takeaways
  4. All sessions are downloadable to share with your team
  5. Password-protected site with additional supporting resources.
  6. 100% money back guarantee.  If you’re not completely satisfied…I’ll refund your money.
  7. Add a diagnostic coaching call at a special reduced rate (My regular price for a 60 minute call is $125)
  8. Questions?  Email Me for information.

When, Where and Other Details:

  • The first session is on Thursday, September 8th at 11:00 a.m. pacific.
  • Sessions 2 thru 4 are on September 15th, September 22nd and September 29th..
  • Regular pricing: $49.95
  • Add a diagnostic coaching call at a special reduced rate (My regular price for a 60 minute call is $125)
  • Questions?  Email Me for information.

Registration Options (pulldown)



Testing a Feature of GroupLife Insider

Office HoursEarlier this week I announced a new service I’ll be launching soon. GroupLife Insider, a new member site, will allow me to focus more of my time helping a select group of small group ministry point people. Membership rates will be very affordable and available with a monthly or discounted annual subscription. Click here to read more about GroupLife Insider.

One of the features I am maybe disproportionately excited about is a weekly “office hours” concept. Like when you were in college and your professors had “office hours” and you could drop by and ask questions about assignments and projects. Everyone who was in the office benefitted. Both the questioners and the eavesdroppers.

I’ve thought about this concept for a long time. Full disclosure: It’s really something Carl George mentioned to me that he was thinking of doing. Ever since that day I’ve thought this could be a lot of fun and very helpful for the most interested students.

How will office hours work for GroupLife Insider members? It will be a regularly scheduled video conference session that members will have the password to attend.

Testing GroupLife Insider Office Hours Soon

I’m testing the concept on Tuesday, August 9th, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. (PDT, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. (EDT).

Want to check it out?

Only those who have expressed interest in GroupLife Insider will get an invite.

I’d love to include you!

Sign up to find out more right here:

Can’t see the sign up form? Click here to sign up.

Coming Soon: GroupLife Insider

GroupLife Insider bannerIf you’ve ever wished for a coach, someone who could walk you through how to build a thriving small group ministry that really makes disciples…GroupLife Insider might be for you.

If you’ve ever wished you could take advantage of the fresh eyes of a strategic outsider…GroupLife Insider might be for you.

If you’ve ever wished for a mentor, someone who could challenge you and encourage you on a regular basis…GroupLife Insider might be for you.

Over a decade of coaching and consulting…

I’ve been coaching small group pastors and consulting with churches for 13 years. I have a very long list of churches that have engaged me to help them launch (or re-launch) their small group ministry. I’ve also helped a growing number of churches exceed their goals in planning and executing church-wide campaigns. I have a lot of happy clients.

In the last 18 months I’ve developed and produced 5 new mini-courses, designed to provide affordable and comprehensive coaching on how to do some of the most strategic and core components of small group ministry.

I’ve been leading exclusive small group ministry coaching networks (limited to 12 participants a year) since 2008.

For the last several years I’ve been experimenting with ways to help a larger number of churches launch, build and sustain thriving small group ministries.

I’ve tried a number of experiments:

  • Conference calls
  • Webinars
  • Coaching Networks
  • Mini-Courses

Coming Soon…GroupLife Insider

In the next few weeks I’ll be launching a new service that I believe will help a lot of churches.

GroupLife Insider, a new member site, will allow me to focus more of my time helping a select group of small group ministry point people. Membership rates will be very affordable and available with a monthly or discounted annual subscription.

GroupLife Insider Membership will offer a number of important benefits:

  1. Access to detailed instructions and step by step tutorials on many of small group ministry’s most important components (i.e., building an effective coaching structure, developing and discipling small group leaders, connecting unconnected people, working with your senior pastor, etc.).
  2. Free or discounted access to 4 to 6 new mini-courses every 12 months.
  3. Exclusive access to “video conference office hours” just for GLI members.
  4. GLI discounts on coaching call and consulting packages.
  5. GLI discounted rate for GroupLife Southwest (a new 2 day small group ministry conference launching in March, 2017).
  6. Participation in regular networking opportunities with other GLI members.

Interested?

I’ll be announcing the launch of GroupLife Insider in the next few weeks. I anticipate offering a discounted rate for the first 100 members.

Want to be sure you get in at the beginning?

Sign up right here and I’ll keep you posted as we move toward the launch!

 

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