HAVE YOU LOOKED INTO GROUPLIFE INSIDER? Get the FOUNDER’S Rate for a limited time

HAVE YOU LOOKED INTO GROUPLIFE INSIDER? Get the FOUNDER’S Rate for a limited time!

After preparing for over a year to launch GroupLife Insider it has finally happened! My new membership site is open for business and delivering lots of value for subscribers who want more!

If you’re serious about building thriving small group ministries that connect people and make disciples in the 21st century, you’re going to want to give GroupLife Insider serious consideration.

As much as I enjoy sharing my insights, strategies, tips and ideas here on MarkHowellLive.com, there has always been a limit to how much I could develop and give away for free. Like you, I have a day job. And like you, I have a limited amount of time I can invest in something other than my day job.

But…I have figured out a way to carve out some additional time to develop  more detailed, step-by-step content that will help you with the challenges of building a thriving small group ministry. I just can’t make it available for free.

See below for my limited time offer of “Founder” pricing!

What does GroupLife Insider offer that you can’t get here on the blog?

  • Unlimited access to the mini-course library (as well as 4 to 6 new mini-courses every 12 months). Click here to see a complete list of currently available courses.

  • 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.).

  • Unlimited access to leader training videos (in development and will be released this fall)

  • Exclusive access to “video conference office hours” just for GLI members.

  • Weekly insider video conference call (recorded and posted for download) with the latest insights, ideas, practices and strategies from leading churches (launching in October, 2017)

  • GLI discounts on coaching call and consulting packages.

  • GLI discounted rate for GroupLife Southwest (a new 2 day small group ministry conference launched in 2017).

  • Participation in regular networking opportunities with other GLI members.

See below for my limited time offer of “Founder” pricing!

How much does all this cost?

How much does all this cost? I’m launching with two ways to gain full access to GroupLife Insider’s features and benefits:

  • Annual pass ($150)
  • Month-to-month subscription ($15)

You can see there’s a worth-while price break to jump in with an annual pass.

But…for a limited time I’m offering a Founder pricing that I’m pretty sure you’ll want to take advantage of.

Founder pricing: $125 for an annual pass. 

I hope that sounds pretty good! If you think about it, even taking a couple of my mini-courses would cost you about the same amount! And to have unlimited access to my whole library, well that’s a bargain!

And for that matter, having regular access to office hours is probably worth more than that! Discounts on coaching calls and consulting packages? GroupLife Southwest at a discounted price?

I’m offering the Founder pricing for a limited time and to a limited number of subscribers. I hope you’ll consider jumping in now! I think it’s a screaming deal and I don’t want you to miss it!

Click here to take advantage of my Founders pricing offer or to find out more about GroupLife Insider!

GroupLife Insider is launching today! Take Advantage of “Founder” Pricing

GroupLife Insider is launching today! Take Advantage of “Founder” Pricing

Well…I’ve been preparing to launch a membership site for over a year…AND IT’S FINALLY HAPPENED!

If you’re serious about building thriving small group ministries that connect people and make disciples in the 21st century, you’re going to want to give GroupLife Insider serious consideration.

As much as I enjoy sharing my insights, strategies, tips and ideas here on MarkHowellLive.com, there has always been a limit to how much I could develop and give away for free. Like you, I have a day job. And like you, I have a limited amount of time I can invest in something other than my day job.

But…I have figured out a way to carve out some additional time to develop  more detailed, step-by-step content that will help you with the challenges of building a thriving small group ministry. I just can’t make it available for free.

See below for my limited time offer of “Founder” pricing!

What does GroupLife Insider offer that you can’t get here on the blog?

  • Unlimited access to the mini-course library (as well as 4 to 6 new mini-courses every 12 months). Click here to see a complete list of currently available courses.

  • 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.).

  • Unlimited access to leader training videos (in development and will be released this fall)

  • Weekly insider video conference call (recorded and posted for download) with the latest insights, ideas, practices and strategies from leading churches (launching in October, 2017)

  • Exclusive access to “video conference office hours” just for GLI members.

  • GLI discounts on coaching call and consulting packages.

  • GLI discounted rate for GroupLife Southwest (a new 2 day small group ministry conference launched in 2017).

  • Participation in regular networking opportunities with other GLI members.

How much does all this cost?

How much does all this cost? I’m launching with two ways to gain full access to GroupLife Insider’s features and benefits:

  • Annual pass ($150)
  • Month-to-month subscription ($15)

You can see there’s a worth-while price break to jump in with an annual pass.

But…for a limited time I’m offering a Founder pricing that I’m pretty sure you’ll want to take advantage of.

Founder pricing: $125 for an annual pass. 

I hope that sounds pretty good! If you think about it, even taking a couple of my mini-courses would cost you about the same amount! And to have unlimited access to my whole library, well that’s a bargain!

And for that matter, having regular access to office hours is probably worth more than that! Discounts on coaching calls and consulting packages? GroupLife Southwest at a discounted price?

I’m offering the Founder pricing for a limited time and to a limited number of subscribers. I hope you’ll consider jumping in now! I think it’s a screaming deal and I don’t want you to miss it!

Click here to take advantage of my Founders pricing offer or to find out more about GroupLife Insider!

Here’s the latest on GroupLife Insider

Some of you have been asking about GroupLife Insider, the membership site I’ve been been planning and working on for over a year. Here’s an update:

GroupLife Insider is coming soon! I’m working hard behind the scenes, putting some finishing touches to the concept (what will be included, how to get full access, pricing, etc.). It’s close, but not quite ready!

You can see some of the site right here (including the features and benefits).

I’m excited to roll it out! Hope it will be a helpful resource for you.

Would you take a moment and help me with a couple things?

I know it’s not really our arrangement, but I was wondering if I could ask you for a favor. See…I’ve got a couple projects I’m working on and I’d love your opinion.

If you’re willing to help me, here’s what I’d like to ask you to do:

First, I’ve just announced the dates for GroupLife Southwest ’18 (my conference for small group pastors and teams here in Las Vegas).

Registration doesn’t open for a while yet, but if you might be interested in attending, would you put your name on the wait list?  You can do that right here.

Second, I’m preparing to launch GroupLifeInsider.com (my new membership site). If you’d like to stay up-to-speed about the launch (and find out about pre-launch bonuses and discounts, you’ll need to pop over to the site and sign up for updates. You can take a look at the FAQs and also sign up right here.

You’re Invited: Join My 2018 Small Group Ministry Coaching Network

My 2018 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 12 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?

  • Two day gathering in Las Vegas. January 15, 2018: 1pm-5pm followed by dinner | January 16, 2018: 8am-12pm
  • Five monthly coaching sessions. Anchored by a 90 minute video conference call, these group sessions provides focused exposure to the strategies that will build a more powerful platform.  Sessions are scheduled at 11am PST on February 20th, March 20th, April 10th, May 15th, and June 19th).
  • Bonus: Free one year subscription to GroupLifeInsider.com (my new membership site, launching in fall 2017, with access to member’s only content and resources).
  • 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 the two day onsite and all five video sessions
  • Invest as little as $1050* (*super early bird pricing thru 10/31/17, early bird pricing of $1150 thru 11/30/17, $1250 after 11/30/17)
  • 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 2018 Coaching Network begins on January 15th, 2018. Questions? Contact me.

You’ll Be Amazed by My Labor Day Flash Sale Prices (20% to 50% OFF)

Sorry! This sale has ended!

Need to take your small group ministry to the next level but not sure what to do first or how to do it? I might be able to help!

20% to 50% Off Mini-Courses and Coaching Calls

One of my small group ministry mini-courses might be just the thing you need to break through a pretty tough barrier. They’re packed with fresh insights and immediate takeaways.

Or it may be that taking advantage of a coaching call would provide a new perspective. I can guarantee you’ll come away with an idea (or several) that will pay for the call!

Either way…you can take buy what you need for less…for the next 27 hours! (Through Tuesday, September 5th, at 9:00 a.m. PST).

You can find out more about my mini-courses right here.  (Just be sure and come back to this page to take advantage of the Flash Sale pricing).

Questions?

Have a question?  Email Me for a quick answer of more information.

Mini-Course Overview:

Here’s a quick overview (and links to more specific details)

  • How to Choose the Best Small Group Model (for YOUR Church): I believe there is a best small group model for your church. I also believe once you learn to identify the best model for your church and have implemented the strategies and tactics taught in this course you’ll begin to see results that move you toward your preferred future.
  • Small Group Ministry Basic Training: Whether you’re on staff as a small group pastor or director or a passionate volunteer dedicating your time and energy to champion small group ministry…this course will help you understand and implement the basics.
  • How to Design, Build and Sustain a Thriving Small Group Ministry 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.
  • How to Maximize YOUR Church-Wide Campaign: No other strategy for launching new groups is as powerful as the Church-Wide Campaign strategy. My newest short course will teach you how to recruit way more leaders than you ever thought possible, launch more groups than ever before, connect WAY beyond the usual suspects, and recruit and train the coaches you need in order to sustain the new groups you launch.
  • New and Radically Improved: 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?
  • 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!

Here’s more information on my coaching calls

Not sure how my coaching calls work? Find out more right here.

Bottom line? Don’t miss out on these prices! They’ll disappear on Tuesday!

Visualize, Prioritize, Optimize and Supersize (Your Small Group Ministry)

Visualize, Prioritize, Optimize, and Supersize (Your Small Group Ministry)

You know how they say what got you here won’t get you there? How sometimes what worked before definitely isn’t working anymore? Or isn’t working the way it needs to for continued growth and momentum?

With over 25 years experience in small group ministry I’ve learned that breaking through certain barriers requires taking a critical look at your system, reimagining and retooling.

I’ve actually found that a simple 4 step process helps me keep my ministry moving in the right direction.

Could my 4 step process help you and your small group ministry break through a barrier and begin moving again?

What if a simple process could help you improve your results by 10 or 20%? What if instead of starting 5 new groups you could start 10 or even 20?

What if instead of starting 10 new groups and sustaining 2 going beyond the beginning study you could start 20 new groups and sustain 14 or 15?

What if you actually had a set of tailored next steps that would help the least connected people in your congregation and crowd actually take the best next step?

What if you could…

  • Visualize an updated preferred future?
  • Prioritize the steps that lead there; charting a new course?
  • Optimize your system and strategies to maximize growth?
  • Supersize your ministry by reimagining and retooling?

Does that sound too good to be true?

Maybe you need to sign up for my newest mini-course?

Visualize, Prioritize, Optimize, and Supersize (Your Small Group Ministry)

I’ve designed Visualize, Prioritize, Optimize and Supersize to provide the tools and practices you need in order to keep moving forward year after year.

Here’s what’s included:

  1. Four 75 minute video sessions (60 minutes of content + 15 minutes Live Q&A)
  2. Downloadable outlines (allowing you to capture every detail)
  3. Each session is packed with actionable takeaways
  4. All video sessions are recorded and downloadable to share with your team
  5. Access to a password-protected site with additional supporting resources.
  6. 100% money back guarantee.  If you’re not completely satisfied…I’ll refund your money.
  7. Get the Early Bird Price through Friday, September 8th at 12:00 p.m. PST
  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 All the Details:

  • The first session is Tuesday, September 12th, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (PST)
  • Sessions 2, 3 and 4 are on September 19th, 26th, and October 3rd.
  • All sessions will be presented live, recorded and uploaded the following morning for review.

Are you ready? I’d love to teach you this simple process that will help you season after season and year after year.

You can do it. Your senior pastor will be glad you learned how…and so will your church!

Ready to jump in?


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SUPERCHARGE YOUR FALL MINISTRY SEASON (20% off for a limited time)

SUPERCHARGE YOUR FALL MINISTRY SEASON (20% off for a limited time)

Whether you’re preparing for a full-on church-wide campaign or your annual groups launch, I’ve got a couple resources that will help.

I hear from small group pastors all the time that both Supercharge Your Fall Ministry Season and How to Maximize YOUR Church-Wide Campaign were super helpful and just the ticket to add some much needed energy to their efforts.

I’m confident you will feel the same. So confident I always include a money back guarantee.

Take advantage of a 20% discount this week:

Even better? To help as many churches as possible launch as many new groups as possible, I’m discounting both Supercharge Your Fall Ministry Season and How to Maximize YOUR Church-Wide Campaign 20% this week (offer expires Saturday, August 5th at 12:00 a.m.).

What’s better than $49.95?

$39.95.

Supercharge Your Fall Ministry Season

Supercharge Your Fall Ministry Season contains the latest strategies and ideas.

If you’re looking for a way to reach more people, launch more new groups (and sustain a high percentage of what you launch)…please consider taking advantage of Supercharge Your Fall Ministry Season.

You can read more about Supercharge Your Fall Ministry Season right here (but make sure you come back to this post in order to take advantage of the 20% discount!)

Maximize YOUR Church-Wide Campaign

The Strategy I Use Works (and works BIG time)

What I coach churches to do works. I’ll coach you to:

  • Recruit way more leaders than you ever thought possible
  • Launch more groups than ever before
  • Connect WAY beyond the usual suspects
  • Recruit and train the coaches you need in order to sustain the new groups you launch

I can teach you my simple process. You will never look at campaigns the same way again.

You can learn to launch a powerful church-wide campaign. Take advantage of How to Maximize YOUR Church-Wide Campaign

You can read more about Maximize YOUR Church-Wide Campaign right here (but make sure you come back to this post in order to take advantage of the 20% discount!)

Ready to take advantage of a great course at a great price?


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Frequently Asked Questions about How to Choose the Best Small Group Model for Your Church

Here are the most frequently asked questions (and the answers!) about How to Choose the Best Small Group Model for Your Church:

Is the small group model we’re using really that important? Great question! The model you use is vitally important because it really is the design of your ministry. And, as Andy Stanley has well stated, “Your ministry is perfectly designed to produce the results you are currently experiencing.” The model you are using plays a very big role in determining your results. If you like your results, you’re probably using a model that is helping make that happen. If you’re concerned about your results, the model is most likely behind your inability to do certain things well.

I believe the question, “What is the best model for our church?” is behind only “Why do we have small groups at our church?”

What will be covered in How to Choose the Best Small Group Model for Your Church? The content covered in the 4 sessions will help you develop four critical understandings, skills and strategies:

  • The tools you need to wisely select the specific identifiers of the preferred future your church dreams of reaching (This is very important since your decision about where you want to go and what you want to make (i.e., what kind of disciples, what characteristics do we want our people to have, etc.) ought to inform your choice of model.
  • An in depth understanding of the 6 most popular models (Free MarketSemester (Activate), Sermon-Based Semester (North Coast, MetaChurch/Cell Church (Willow Creek), Campaign-Driven(Saddleback), GroupLink-Driven (North Point), Missional Communities (Austin Stone). This is important because many small group pastors make decisions about the model to use based on a single book, blog post, or conference.
  • Proven strategies that will help you tune up  your small group model to achieve optimum performance. This is important because it may turn out that you’ve already implemented a less robust version of the model that if tuned up correctly will begin performing better.
  • A transition toolkit to help you move skillfully from your current model to another. This is important because changing from one model to another can unnecessarily result in uncertainty and concern on the part of small group leaders and key leaders in your church (elders, other staff, etc.). Skillfully moving from your current model to another will make the transition much more effective.

I can’t join the live sessions. Will they be available for me to watch later?  Absolutely! All four live sessions will be recorded and available for viewing or download at your convenience on my password-protected site.

Can I share the video content with my team? Definitely. Your purchase gives you the right to share the recorded video sessions (as well as the other supporting documents and helps) with your team. However, because there are limited openings for the live sessions, only the recorded sessions will be able to be shared with your team.

Will How to Choose the Best Model be available later?  Like my other short courses, this one will be available later…but the special price of $77.00 increases to $97.00 on August 5th.

Ready to purchase the course? You can purchase right here.

I live in another country. Can I take advantage of How to Choose the Best ModelEvery session will be a web-based video call and every session will be recorded and uploaded the same day to my password protected site. If the session is live at a time you can join, you should be able to join no matter where you are. If it’s not convenient for you to join live, you can watch the recording later that same day (or early the next day depending on where you are in the world!).

Screen Shot 2016-03-30 at 6.07.41 AMI don’t have a Paypal account. Can I pay with my debit or credit card? Absolutely. When you click the Buy Now button you’ll see the form to the left. Click the link at the bottom of the form that says “Pay with a debit or credit card or Paypal Credit.”

Can I pay for the course with a check? You can pay for the course with a check but enrollment is limited to the first 50 sign-ups. If you need to pay by check, Email Me  to arrange payment.

Ready to purchase the course? You can purchase right here.

Have a question I haven’t answered?  I bet others have the same question. You can click here to ask it. Or Email Me to ask privately.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST SMALL GROUP MODEL FOR YOUR CHURCH

You’re invited! Take advantage of my new 4 session mini-course:  How to Choose the Best Small Group Model for Your Church

Here’s the question: Is there really a best small group model for your church? And if there is, what would happen if you were able to identify it and implement it?

What do you think?

I believe there is a best small group model for your church.

I also believe once you learn to identify the best model for your church and have implemented the strategies and tactics taught in this course you’ll begin to see results that move you toward your preferred future.

Here’s what you’ll gain in How to Choose the Best Small Group Model for Your Church:

  • The tools you need to wisely select the specific identifiers of the preferred future your church dreams of reaching.
  • An in depth understanding of the 6 most popular models (Free Market Semester (Activate), Sermon-Based Semester (North Coast, MetaChurch/Cell Church (Willow Creek), Campaign-Driven (Saddleback), GroupLink-Driven (North Point), Missional Communities (Austin Stone).
  • Proven strategies that will help you tune up  your small group model to achieve optimum performance.
  • A transition toolkit to help you move skillfully from your current model to another.

Now you might be wondering, “Why do I need to know how to choose the right model? Aren’t they all the same?” Or maybe you’re thinking, “What we’re doing now may not be perfect…but can the small group model really make that big of a difference?”

My answer? The model or system you are using, like every design, absolutely predetermines your results!

Think of your small group model as really a way of describing the way your small group ministry is designed. And as Andy Stanley classically stated, “Your ministry is perfectly designed  to produce the results you’re currently experiencing.”

Now, if you like the results you are experiencing, then looking for a new model might not make sense. But, you might want to think about it this way. There are at least two reasons you’d be happy with the results you’re experiencing:

  1. The results your model is producing (i.e., continually have more leaders, more groups, more people connected, making better disciples, more of your congregation is cared for, etc.) are genuinely outstanding and more than keeping pace with demand.
  2. You’re unaware of the benefits a different small group model might offer. After all, aren’t all small group models the same?

Let me encourage you…

All small group models are not the same. And…it almost goes without saying there really is a best model for your church. One that more effectively helps you achieve the results you dream of (and your senior pastor dreams of).

Isn’t it worth investigating? What if you learned about a better model? What if you came away with a set of strategies designed to shift you and your church onto a new trajectory?

How to Choose the Best Small Group Model for Your Church will help you do it!

What’s Included:

  1. Four 75 minute LIVE 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. Regular pricing: $97
  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:

  • Note: All sessions will be recorded live and available to download the morning after every session. It’s very common for up to half of my students to view the session the following day.
  • Session 1, Tuesday August 8 at 11:00 a.m. PST.
  • Sessions 2-4 on August 15, 22, 29 at 11:00 a.m. PST
  • Regular pricing: $97
  • 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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