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Join my 2015 Coaching Network

I want to invite you to join my 2015 Small Group Ministry Coaching Network; an experience designed to give you the tools and strategies you need in order to build a small group ministry that works in the 21st century.

Several of my 2014 alumni from quite a cross section of churches have already reported launching and sustaining record numbers of groups and connecting far more people than ever before.  I’d love to help you do the same thing!

Don’t take my word for it!

Here’s what three of my alumni had to say about the coaching network experience:

  • “I was a part of Mark’s Coaching Network and found it to be not only beneficial to helping me think outside the box, but also to hear from other pastors across the nation. If you are looking for a coaching network that will help you grow in your skills, sharpen your strategies, and guide you to take your next steps in small group ministry, make sure you sign-up for this coaching network!”  Jonathan Holcomb, LifeGroups and LifeMissions Pastor, LifeChurch.tv, South Tulsa
  • “I would highly recommend Mark Howell’s Small Group Ministry Coaching Network.  I had been studying small group strategies prior to joining the network and discovered I had all kinds of questions as to which was the best approach for our church.  Rather than try to figure it out all alone, the network was a tremendous resource for me personally as well as our church as we began to implement a small group system.  Mark did a great job encouraging, challenging, and resourcing us as we chose a model to help us identify and reach our ‘preferred future’.  My experience with Mark Howell’s Coaching Network was well worth my investment of time and finances.  It has had a profound and lasting effect on my perspective of small group ministry.”  Kem Stickl, Journey Groups Director, Whitehaven Road Baptist Church
  • “I joined Mark Howell’s coaching network because I needed to make several significant decisions in our church’s group ministry. Adding Mark’s experienced, strategic mind to our process for that season was super helpful. But the best part has been the relationship I’ve continued to build with Mark since the coaching network.”  Mark Riggins, Community Life Pastor, Bible Fellowship Church

Ready to join?

My 2015 Small Group Ministry Coaching Network begins in February and as of 12/9 I have 6 spots left. You can find out all about it right here. I’m hoping you’ll come along!

Could My 2015 Coaching Network Be What You Need?

Albert Einstein famously pointed out that the definition of insanity is “doing the same thing again and again and expecting different results.”  If your small group ministry is stuck and you need to break out of a rut, you ought to ask yourself if my 2015 Small Group Ministry Coaching Network is what you need!

"If you are looking for a coaching network that will help you grow in your skills, sharpen your strategies, and guide you to take your next steps in small group ministry, make sure you sign-up for this coaching network!” Jonathan Holcomb, LifeGroups and LifeMissions Pastor, LifeChurch.tv, South Tulsa

Join my 2015 Coaching Network

I want to invite you to join my 2015 Small Group Ministry Coaching Network; an experience 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 to many that in order to get different results you need to do different things…it’s not always clear what those different things might be. The coaching network program is designed around the idea that different, not better, leads to the kind of strategy that connects beyond the usual suspects.

Don’t take my word for it!

Here’s what three of my alumni had to say about the coaching network experience:

  • “I was a part of Mark’s Coaching Network and found it to be not only beneficial to helping me think outside the box, but also to hear from other pastors across the nation. If you are looking for a coaching network that will help you grow in your skills, sharpen your strategies, and guide you to take your next steps in small group ministry, make sure you sign-up for this coaching network!”  Jonathan Holcomb, LifeGroups and LifeMissions Pastor, LifeChurch.tv, South Tulsa
  • “I would highly recommend Mark Howell’s Small Group Ministry Coaching Network.  I had been studying small group strategies prior to joining the network and discovered I had all kinds of questions as to which was the best approach for our church.  Rather than try to figure it out all alone, the network was a tremendous resource for me personally as well as our church as we began to implement a small group system.  Mark did a great job encouraging, challenging, and resourcing us as we chose a model to help us identify and reach our ‘preferred future’.  My experience with Mark Howell’s Coaching Network was well worth my investment of time and finances.  It has had a profound and lasting effect on my perspective of small group ministry.”  Kem Stickl, Journey Groups Director, Whitehaven Road Baptist Church
  • “I joined Mark Howell’s coaching network because I needed to make several significant decisions in our church’s group ministry. Adding Mark’s experienced, strategic mind to our process for that season was super helpful. But the best part has been the relationship I’ve continued to build with Mark since the coaching network.”  Mark Riggins, Community Life Pastor, Bible Fellowship Church

Ready to join?

My 2015 Small Group Ministry Coaching Network begins in February and I’ve just opened up applications (as of 11/4 I have 8 spots left). You can find out all about it right here. I’m hoping you’ll come along!

Join My 2015 Small Group Ministry Coaching Network

Looking for an opportunity to grow in your ability to connect beyond usual suspects? I want to invite you to join my 2015 Small Group Ministry Coaching Network; an experience 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 to many that in order to get different results you need to do different things…it’s not always clear what those different things might be. The coaching network program is designed around the idea that different, not better, leads to the kind of strategy that connects beyond the usual suspects.

Don’t take my word for it!

Here’s what three of my alumni had to say about the coaching network experience:

  • “I was a part of Mark’s Coaching Network and found it to be not only beneficial to helping me think outside the box, but also to hear from other pastors across the nation. If you are looking for a coaching network that will help you grow in your skills, sharpen your strategies, and guide you to take your next steps in small group ministry, make sure you sign-up for this coaching network!”  Jonathan Holcomb, LifeGroups and LifeMissions Pastor, LifeChurch.tv, South Tulsa
  • “I would highly recommend Mark Howell’s Small Group Ministry Coaching Network.  I had been studying small group strategies prior to joining the network and discovered I had all kinds of questions as to which was the best approach for our church.  Rather than try to figure it out all alone, the network was a tremendous resource for me personally as well as our church as we began to implement a small group system.  Mark did a great job encouraging, challenging, and resourcing us as we chose a model to help us identify and reach our ‘preferred future’.  My experience with Mark Howell’s Coaching Network was well worth my investment of time and finances.  It has had a profound and lasting effect on my perspective of small group ministry.”  Kem Stickl, Journey Groups Director, Whitehaven Road Baptist Church
  • “I joined Mark Howell’s coaching network because I needed to make several significant decisions in our church’s group ministry. Adding Mark’s experienced, strategic mind to our process for that season was super helpful. But the best part has been the relationship I’ve continued to build with Mark since the coaching network.”  Mark Riggins, Community Life Pastor, Bible Fellowship Church

Ready to join?

My 2015 Small Group Ministry Coaching Network begins in February and I’ve just opened up applications. You can find out all about it right here. I’m hoping you’ll come along!

Boyd Pelley on Churchteams

Boyd Pelley
​One of the most common questions in my conversations with small group pastors over the years has been, “How can I help unconnected find a group?”  Another very common question has been, “How can I keep a finger on the pulse of the groups in my system?”  My answer?  Churchteams.
Full disclosure, Churcteams has been a sponsor here at MarkHowellLive.com longer than anyone else.  But that’s not why I’ve recommended their service over the years.  And it’s not why I asked my friend Boyd Pelley, the co-founder of Churchteams to answer a few questions about their service.  I recommend Churchteams because it’s designed by people with deep understanding of what is needed and a real commitment to providing the best possible service.
MH: Recently, I asked Boyd to share the Churchteams story with my readers.  Here’s Boyd:

BP: People struggle for purpose and how to know God.  The church is their best hope.  But the church also struggles-with organizational clutter and systems. We help churches track people, connect them to church life and care for their kids, money and vision.  We do that by developing world-class software.

​MH: Sounds like more than just software for small groups.

BP: ​As you know, we began as a cloud-based, small group software.  In fact you and a bunch of our friends were very helpful in helping us think through what it should do and sharing it with churches.  We always realized churches would find it easier to manage people if all their data was in one place.  In 2007 it was time to take what we had learned about the best practices in ministry and best practices in technology and expand those to include the rest of church management; stuff like membership, assimilation, communication, event registration, children’s check-in and contributions.​

MH: Best practices in ministry?

​​BP: From an organizational perspective, churches get cluttered really easily.  As a church grows, it typically adds new ministries, each with their own way of staying organized.  Over time these develop into silos that compete for resources.  And clutter happens.  A few decades ago Carl George and others started helping the church realize that to grow beyond the limitations of these silos, churches had to get better at organizing.  The idea of becoming a church “of” groups was born.  That is, realizing that everything we do in church life is really a group whether we call it a small group, a class, a committee, a circle, a team, an event, a project or even a step in the process of assimilation.  This idea simplifies church structure allowing the church to grow way beyond former limits.  We designed Churchteams around this simple concept.  It’s part of what makes it so intuitive and user-friendly.

MH: Tell us about the best practices in technology.

BP: When you’re talking about best practices in technology, there are four key ideas.

  • First, move to the cloud.  Software designed for the cloud is so much better than the hassle of managing servers, updates, back-ups, access, etc..  Churchteams has always been cloud-based.  That’s home for us and our native language.
  • Second, make it social.  To me, social has come to mean the software needs to meet people where they are rather than asking people to come to it.  Basic ideas here include: email notifications with one click response for group leaders, no login event registrations making it easy for people to connect, use of email, texting and linking to social media.  ​
  • Third, make it  mobile.  In 2013 we changed our entire platform to what’s called “responsive design”.  This means the screen layout automatically adjusts to the device being used.  Apps are separate products and limited in scope.  Responsive platforms give you complete access to a fully integrated software on any device.
  • Fourth make it smart.  The next logical wave for technology is that it becomes responsible to both collect and report data.  We have seen the power of this with how we get group leaders to use the software and then with the group health summary that is automatically emailed to small group pastors each month.  They love seeing a 30,000 foot trend graph, a 5,000 foot health summary, and quick access to what’s really going at ground level for any particular group.

MH: What benefit does software built around groups have for churches?

BP:  There are many benefits to Churchteams, but two important benefits are:

  • It builds unity and alignment among staff.  The tools people use influence how they view and manage their environment. Because everything in Churchteams is organized as a group, it gets staff on the same page to see themselves as coaches and team leaders.
  • It simplifies things for volunteers in two ways.  They don’t have to create accounts and remember login information to use the software. They understand expectations as they serve in and out of different ministries  because every ministry is organized the same way.

Boyd Pelley is co-founder and President of Churchteams.  He served on church staffs for 18 years as Discipleship, Administrative and Family Pastor.  Initial development of the software was during the last 8 of these years.  Mark coached Boyd while he was a small groups pastor.  Married to Pam, they have two grown children.  For more information, go to www.churchteams.com

Could My New Short Course Help Connect the Rest of Your Adults?

What percentage of your average weekend adult attendance have you connected?  30%?  50%?  80%

What if I could give you an idea that would help you add another 10 or 20%?

What if I could give 4 or 5 ideas that would help you connect the rest of your adults?

You’re Invited!

I want to invite you to join me for my new 4 session short course: Design, Build and Sustain a Thriving Small Group Ministry.  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 $100)
  8. Questions?  Email Me for information.

When, Where and Other Details:

  • The first session is on Thursday, September 11th at 11:00 a.m. pacific.
  • Sessions 2 thru 4 are on September 18th, September 25th and October 2nd.
  • 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.

Registration Options (pulldown)




Design, Build and Sustain a Thriving Small Group Ministry – My New Short Course

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 short course: Design, Build and Sustain a Thriving Small Group Ministry.  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 $100)
  9. Questions?  Email Me for information.

When, Where and Other Details:

  • The first session is on Thursday, September 11th at 11:00 a.m. pacific.
  • Sessions 2 thru 4 are on September 18th, September 25th and October 1st.
  • Regular pricing: $49.95
  • Take advantage of a 20% discount ($39.95) through August 31st.
  • 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.

Registration Options (pulldown)




Join My Fall Coaching Network by 8/4 and Receive a Special Bonus

Need to take your small group ministry to the next level?  My coaching network is designed to help you do that!

Members of my small group ministry coaching network receive personal attention and customized coaching.  They also benefit from the experience of connecting with the other practitioners from around the country.

I want to invite you to join my Fall 2014 Small Group Ministry Coaching Network; an experience designed to give you the tools and strategies you need in order to build a small group ministry that works in the 21st century.

Join my Fall 2014 Coaching Network by 8/4/14 and I’ll throw in a special bonus! (see below)

Here’s what three of my alumni had to say about the coaching network experience:

  • “I was a part of Mark’s Coaching Network and found it to be not only beneficial to helping me think outside the box, but also to hear from other pastors across the nation. If you are looking for a coaching network that will help you grow in your skills, sharpen your strategies, and guide you to take your next steps in small group ministry, make sure you sign-up for this coaching network!”  Jonathan Holcomb, LifeGroups and LifeMissions Pastor, LifeChurch.tv, South Tulsa
  • “I would highly recommend Mark Howell’s Small Group Ministry Coaching Network.  I had been studying small group strategies prior to joining the network and discovered I had all kinds of questions as to which was the best approach for our church.  Rather than try to figure it out all alone, the network was a tremendous resource for me personally as well as our church as we began to implement a small group system.  Mark did a great job encouraging, challenging, and resourcing us as we chose a model to help us identify and reach our ‘preferred future’.  My experience with Mark Howell’s Coaching Network was well worth my investment of time and finances.  It has had a profound and lasting effect on my perspective of small group ministry.”  Kem Stickl, Journey Groups Director, Whitehaven Road Baptist Church
  • “I joined Mark Howell’s coaching network because I needed to make several significant decisions in our church’s group ministry. Adding Mark’s experienced, strategic mind to our process for that season was super helpful. But the best part has been the relationship I’ve continued to build with Mark since the coaching network.”  Mark Riggins, Community Life Pastor, Bible Fellowship Church

Special Bonus: Take advantage of a FREE 60 minute coaching call (a $100 value). 

My Fall 2014 Small Group Ministry Coaching Network begins in September and I’d love to include you.  I limit participation to 12 members (and already have several commitments).  If you sign up by 8/4/14, I’ll throw in a FREE 60 minute coaching call (it’s a $100 value!).  And you can use it whenever you want (even right away!).

Need more information?  You can find out all about it right here.  Ready to sign up?  You can fill out the application right here.

Here’s Where I’ll Be This Summer

What are your summer plans?  I’ve got a few dates that I thought you might like to know about.

I’m going to presenting a free workshop, How to Build a Thriving Small Group Ministry,  in 4 west coast* cities in August.  

  • Seattle: Monday, August 4th from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. at Calvary Renton Baptist, 1032 Edmonds Ave NE, Renton, WA 98056
  • Phoenix: Tuesday, August 5th from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. at North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012
  • Denver: Monday, August 11th in Denver from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Mission Hills Church, 20 Southpark Dr. Littleton, CO 80120
  • San Diego: Tuesday, August 12th in San Diego from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. at LifeWay Christian Store, 8807 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92123

You can register for my FREE workshop right here.

Can’t make it?  Stayed tuned!  I’m always adding new opportunities.

Here are two more training opportunities (not free, but well worth the cost):

  • Supercharge Your Fall Ministry Season: My new four week short course is designed to give you a few ideas and strategies that will help you launch more groups, connect way beyond the usual suspects, sustain the groups you launch, and build next steps for everyone you connect.  You can find out about it right here.
  • Fall 2014 Small Group Ministry Coaching Network: Launching in September, this is a 6 month coaching experience that will help you whether you are an experienced veteran or new to small group ministry.  You can find out about it right here.

Take Advantage of My New Short Course: Supercharge Your Fall

Want to supercharge your fall ministry season?  Sign up for my new four week course and buckle up!  It’s short.  It’s action packed.  And has a money back guarantee.

Supercharge Your Fall

  • 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

What’s Included:

  1. Four 75-minute conference calls (60 minutes content + 15 minutes Q&A)
  2. Downloadable outlines (allowing you to capture every detail)
  3. Each session is packed with actionable takeaways
  4. All calls are recorded and 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.

When, Where and Other Details:

  • The first session is on Thursday, July 24th at 11:00 a.m. pacific.
  • Sessions 2 thru 4 are on July 31st, August 7th and August 14th.
  • Regular pricing: $49.95
  • Take advantage of a 20% discount ($39.95) through July 16th.
  • Questions?  Email Me for information.

Ready to jump in?


Registration Prices



  • Can’t make all four weeks?  No worries!  Every call is recorded and downloadable the same day.
  • Already have your fall programming buttoned up?  What if one idea per week was just too good to pass up?  You’d figure out a way to implement it, wouldn’t you?
  • New to small group ministry and not sure you’ll catch on?  I am known for clear, step-by-step strategies that can be implemented by experienced pros and rookies alike.
  • Seasoned veteran and already know the basics?  I guarantee you’ll come away with an idea every week that will help you connect a dot you’ve never noticed before.

Ready to jump in?


Registration Prices



Ready for What’s Next? Join My Fall 2014 Coaching Network

Looking for an opportunity to grow in your ability to connect beyond usual suspects? I want to invite you to join my Fall 2014 Small Group Ministry Coaching Network; an experience 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 to many that in order to get different results you need to do different things…it’s not always clear what those different things might be. The coaching network program is designed around the idea that different, not better, leads to the kind of strategy that connects beyond the usual suspects.

Here’s what three of my alumni had to say about the coaching network experience:

  • “I was a part of Mark’s Coaching Network and found it to be not only beneficial to helping me think outside the box, but also to hear from other pastors across the nation. If you are looking for a coaching network that will help you grow in your skills, sharpen your strategies, and guide you to take your next steps in small group ministry, make sure you sign-up for this coaching network!”  Jonathan Holcomb, LifeGroups and LifeMissions Pastor, LifeChurch.tv, South Tulsa
  • “I would highly recommend Mark Howell’s Small Group Ministry Coaching Network.  I had been studying small group strategies prior to joining the network and discovered I had all kinds of questions as to which was the best approach for our church.  Rather than try to figure it out all alone, the network was a tremendous resource for me personally as well as our church as we began to implement a small group system.  Mark did a great job encouraging, challenging, and resourcing us as we chose a model to help us identify and reach our ‘preferred future’.  My experience with Mark Howell’s Coaching Network was well worth my investment of time and finances.  It has had a profound and lasting effect on my perspective of small group ministry.”  Kem Stickl, Journey Groups Director, Whitehaven Road Baptist Church
  • “I joined Mark Howell’s coaching network because I needed to make several significant decisions in our church’s group ministry. Adding Mark’s experienced, strategic mind to our process for that season was super helpful. But the best part has been the relationship I’ve continued to build with Mark since the coaching network.”  Mark Riggins, Community Life Pastor, Bible Fellowship Church

My Fall 2014 Small Group Ministry Coaching Network begins in September (with a bonus call in August) and I’ve just opened up applications. You can find out all about it right here. I’m hoping you’ll come along!

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