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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. 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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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!

 

New “Double Shot” Mini-Course: Basic Training for New Coaches

Basic Training for New Coaches

Basic Training for New Coaches – 2016

If you’re using my strategies to build an effective coaching structure, you may have wondered how to train the coaches you’ve identified and recruited. After all, it’s possible to end up with the great coaching candidates who simply don’t know what to do.

It’s possible to end up with great candidates who simply don’t know what to do!

Who wants that?

Nobody. Right?

I’d like to show you exactly how I train the coaches I recruit. But…I really need to show you. To do that, I need you to join me for the four video sessions that teach the four basic skills a new coach needs as they begin.

Why do I call it a “double shot” mini-course?

Two Ways You Can Use Basic Training for New Coaches – 2016

You can use this four-session basic training two ways:

  1. Use it as a model to create your own version. In addition to the four video sessions, you will have access to the session notes and other downloadable forms (scripts for an excellent first conversation; conversation journal to record highlights, concerns, and prayer requests, etc.).
  2. Offer it to your new coaches as advance training. While each of the sessions will train coaches in the four skills we need them to have, every session will be limited to fully transferable content. This training is designed to allow you to supplement my Basic Training for New Coaches with handouts or live sessions that provide your own custom information for dates, times, etc.

Questions?  Email Me for information.

I’ve mentioned previously that new coaches need a combination of training-in-advance and just-in-time training. Some of what new coaches need to be trained to do will be very familiar and come quite naturally. After all, if you’ve chosen only the candidates who truly meet the criteria they will already know much of what they need to know.

However, some of the new skills your new coaches need to be trained to do may take them into uncharted territory. For example, while they meet new people easily, they might need to learn how to have an excellent first conversation. Or they may need to acquire some tools that will help them leverage every previous conversation to deepen their relationship with each new leader.

Here are the four skills your coaches will learn:

  • How to have an excellent first conversation with each new leader.
  • How to have 8 to 10 prearranged weekly conversations with each new leader.
  • How to leverage every previous conversation to deepen their relationship with each new leader.
  • How to maximize the sustainability of each new group.

What’s Included:

  1. Four 60 minute sessions (45 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. 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. 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:

  • Sessions 1 and 2 are Tuesday, July 19th at 11:00 a.m. pacific. (I’m doing the sessions 1 and 2 back to back from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
  • Sessions 3 and 4 are on July 26th at 11:00 a.m. pacific. (I’m doing the sessions 3 and 4 back to back from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
  • Regular pricing: $49.95
  • Add a diagnostic coaching call at a special reduced rate (My regular price for a 60 minute call is $100)
  • Questions?  Email Me for information.

Are you ready? I’d love to show you how train your coaches in the four skills they need to succeed!

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


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Want to Dramatically Increase the Impact of Your Fall Ministry Season?

What if you could dramatically increase the impact of your fall ministry season-Want to Dramatically Increase the Impact of Your Fall Ministry Season

When was the best fall ministry season you’ve ever had?

Last year?

2 or 3 years ago?

Too long ago to remember the exact date?

What did you do? Do you remember what worked so well?

Could you do it again?

Would it be enough?

What if the fresh eyes of a strategic outsider 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 new groups?

What if instead of starting 10 new groups (and keeping 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?

What if you could start the fall ministry season with a plan to:

  • Connect way beyond the usual suspects
  • Build easy next steps for everyone you connect
  • Launch more groups than ever
  • Sustain more of the groups you launch
  • Finish the season ready for an exciting New Year and a powerful 2017!

Does that sound too good to be true?

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

Supercharge Your Fall Ministry Season

Supercharge Your Fall Ministry Season

Supercharge Your Fall Ministry Season is my newest mini-course. I’ve offered parts of this four week course in the past, but this revision 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 signing up for Supercharge Your Fall Ministry Season.

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. 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, June 30th at 1:00 p.m. pacific.
  • Sessions 2 thru 4 are on July 7th, July 14th, and July 21st.
  • Regular pricing: $49.95
  • Take advantage of a 20% discount ($39.95) through June 24th.
  • 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.

Are you ready? I’d love to teach you how to supercharge your fall ministry season.

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

Ready to jump in?

Just choose your payment option below and you’re all set. Please don’t delay! The early bird pricing goes away soon and there is limited space available for the live version with Q&A.


Supercharge Your Fall Ministry Season



Can’t see the sign-up form? Click here to visit this page on my site.

Second Chance: Help Me Test Small Group Ministry Basic Training

New to Small Group Ministry BannerNote: I had some technical difficulties yesterday. If you were able to sign up, try again today!

New to small group ministry?  Trying to figure out where to begin?  Or maybe you’re trying to figure out how to reboot the small group ministry you have?

Whether you’re just starting out or you’re already some ways down the road, if you’d like to make sure you’re heading in the right direction, you might find it helpful to work your way systematically through the steps.

I’ve created a free series of simple assignments that will help you work through what I think are the first steps you need to take.

Click here to sign up for my free Small Group Ministry Basic Training.

Want to Help Me Test This: New to Small Group Ministry?

New to Small Group Ministry BannerA few weeks ago I launched Small Group Ministry Basic Training.

It’s FREE. It’s designed to help people who are new to small group ministry (or perhaps need to look at it from a fresh point-of-view).

I’d love your feedback.

Want to help me test a new program? Here’s the sign-up form:

Supercharge Your Fall Ministry Season – 2016

Supercharge Your Fall Ministry SeasonSupercharge Your Fall Ministry Season

Want to supercharge your fall ministry season?  Sign up for my new four week mini-course course and buckle up!  It’s short.  It’s packed with strategies you can implement immediately.  And has a money back guarantee.

Supercharge Your Fall Ministry Season

  • Connect way beyond the usual suspects
  • Build easy next steps for everyone you connect
  • Launch more groups than ever
  • Sustain more of the groups you launch
  • Finish the season ready for an exciting New Year and a powerful 2017!

What’s Included:

  1. Four 75 minute video 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 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. 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, June 30th at 1:00 p.m. pacific.
  • Sessions 2 thru 4 are on July 7th, July 14th, and July 21st.
  • Regular pricing: $49.95
  • Take advantage of a 20% discount ($39.95) through June 24th.
  • 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.

Are you ready? I’d love to teach you how to supercharge your fall ministry season.

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

Ready to jump in?

Just choose your payment option below and you’re all set. Please don’t delay! The early bird pricing goes away soon and there is limited space available for the live version with Q&A.


Supercharge Your Fall Ministry Season




How Can I Help You?

helpHow Can I Help You?

Thanks for coming back! You keep coming back and that tells me what you’re finding is helping you. And that’s a very satisfying feeling for me.

But are you finding something that is really helping you?

Several times a week I get an email from a reader or a call from a coaching client that asks me about a service I provide. As I explain the service and how to access it, I realize again and again that I’m not thinking about things from your perspective!

And that’s a very unsatisfying feeling!

Can I tell you about several ways I’d like to help you?

Schedule a Coaching Call

My coaching clients tell me again and again how helpful a simple 60 minute coaching call is. Seriously! Bringing a trusted outsider into your challenges can really make a big, big difference. They’re very affordable and easy to schedule. You can find out more about my coaching call service by clicking right here.

Take Advantage of a Mini-Course

I have several very popular mini-courses that I think could really help you. I know they’ve already helped many small group ministries. I know that because I hear it all the time!

Here are three that you need to know about:

How to Build an Effective Coaching Structure

How to Build an Effective Coaching Structure is a very popular mini-course that includes four 75 minute video sessions. In this course you’ll find:

  • A crystal clear understanding of what you actually need to build.
  • The tools that will help you identify the right coaching candidates.
  • My time-tested method of recruiting high capacity leaders of leaders.
  • Actionable strategies for developing the coaches you recruit.

You can find out more about How to Build an Effective Coaching Structure right here.

How to Maximize YOUR Church-Wide Campaign

How to Maximize YOUR Church-Wide Campaign is a step by step video guide designed to give you my time-tested formula for a powerful church-wide campaign. In this course you’ll learn how 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

You can find out more about How to Maximize YOUR Church-Wide Campaign right here.

Design, Build and Sustain a Thriving Small Group Ministry

Design, Build and Sustain a Thriving Small Group Ministry is a 4 session audio 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.

In this course you’ll receive:

  • 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.

You can find out more about Design, Build and Sustain a Thriving Small Group Ministry right here.

Supercharge Your Fall Ministry Season

Supercharge Your Fall Ministry Season is a four session audio course designed to help you:

  • Launch more groups than ever
  • Connect way beyond the usual suspects
  • Sustain more of the groups you launch
  • Build next steps for everyone you connect

You can find out more about Supercharge Your Fall Ministry Season right here.

Need More?

Again, I’m so glad you keep coming back! And I really do want to help you build a thriving small group ministry that connects unconnected people and makes disciples. If you need help and can’t find what you need, don’t be afraid to email me.

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Behind the Scenes: Preparing for a Church-Wide Campaign

behind the scenesBehind the Scenes: Preparing for a Church-Wide Campaign

What do you do to prepare for a church-wide campaign? When do you start preparing? What are the first steps that lead in the direction that maximizes your results?

These are all good questions. And along with many other questions, these are the right questions.

In today’s post, I want to give you a look behind the scenes as we prepare for this year’s fall church-wide campaign.

What’s already happened:

  • Earlier this spring our lead team/teaching team chose this year’s church-wide campaign. The first thing on our mind was the why behind the what. Last year we chose a campaign that was primarily intended to strengthen our congregation, committed and core (the people who were already here). This year, we determined to go after the friends, neighbors, co-workers and family of our congregation and crowd.
  • While there are some years that we choose to develop our campaign study (video and study guide) in-house, many years we use an off-the-shelf campaign (one that has already been produced by someone else). For example, last year we chose to use Saddleback’s Transformed: How God Changes You. This year we’ve chosen to use Finding Your Way Back to God. See also, Top 5 Church-Wide Campaigns for Fall 2016.
  • 3 weeks ago we laid out the timeline for the entire campaign. We start by determining how long the weekend message series will run and when we need to launch the message series in order to finish the series at the right time (Thanksgiving plays a role). After determining the length of the series, we determine the necessary weeks to promote and hold a series of small group connections. This is preceded by the number of weeks we plan to recruit a wave of people “who have a couple of friends they’d like to do the study with.” See also, How to Develop a Timeline for Your Church-Wide Campaign.
  • Over the last two weeks we’ve fine-tuned the budget for the campaign (promotion, leader training, materials, etc.). Part of fine-tuning the budget requires determining the bulk pricing of materials (DVDs, study guides, host bags, invitations, etc.).

Last Weekend:

  • We held a meeting for our coaches that outlined the campaign and their roles. The two most important aspects we discussed were the series of small group connections and the distribution schedule for host kits, group leaders, and member purchases.
  • We held a “briefing” for all of our existing small group leaders. The briefing was hosted by our groups team and featured a brief appearance by our senior pastor (who shared the “why” behind the series). This gave us an opportunity in early June to share the ideas behind the campaign and the timeline with our leaders. By sharing this information early we hoped to get more of our leaders on-board and prepared. One of the key takeaways for leaders was that “every group ought to plan to add a few new members or consider taking a small group vacation (so they could each plan to invite a few unconnected people to join them).

What’s happening right now:

Moving into the next 60 days there are several key targets:

  • We are on the hunt for another wave of “launch-phase coaches.” This is our term for the group leaders we believe are potential coaches that we will invite to help us by “taking a newbie leader or two or three” under their wing. It’s an 8 to 10 week commitment (a week or two on the front end, the 6 weeks of the campaign, and a week or two on the back end to make sure their new groups land”). This is our primary strategy for recruiting new coaches. See also, How to Build an Effective Coaching Structure – 2016 Version.
  • We are instigating a few select strategies designed to help our congregation and crowd get to know their neighbors and co-workers (with the hopes of greasing the skids, helping them have an easier invite to “do the study with me.”). See also, How to Build Crowd-to-Core Flow in Advance.
  • I will be working with our teaching team and communication team to insure absolute clarity on the message and adherence to the predetermined strategy (for example, last year we wrote a script for every reference to the campaign (sermons, announcements, preservice slides, bulletin announcements, website references, etc.).

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GroupLifeInsider_black_141208In the next few weeks I’ll be launching a new site called GroupLife Insider.

GroupLife Insider will feature more detailed and step-by-step instruction on building a thriving small group ministry. It will also feature:

  • A backstage pass kind of look at how I do what I do.
  • Free access to every mini-course I produce.
  • Opportunity to join an invite-only video conference call to get your questions answered.
  • Video interviews with experts you will listen to again and again.

GroupLife Insider will feature a robust behind-the-scenes experience. It will be a subscription service. While the price per month will be very reasonable, it will not be free ($10 to $15 per month or an annual fee).

If you’ve enjoyed and benefitted from the strategies, tips and ideas of MarkHowellLive.com…you will probably see right away the upside of a backstage pass that would give you access to more detail and a better step-by-step explanation.

Want to find out more?

Let me know by subscribing to the GroupLife Insider list:

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