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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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Frequently Asked Questions about How to Maximize YOUR Church-Wide Campaign

15124103663_4624ed4a14_bYesterday was a great start to the launch of my newest short course: How to Maximize YOUR Church-Wide Campaign. Lot’s of interest. And lot’s of questions!

You may have questions and just not had time yet to ask them.

Here are the most frequently asked questions (and the answers!):

I can’t watch the live sessions. Will they be available for me to watch later?  Absolutely! All 4 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 Maximize YOUR Church-Wide Campaign be available later?  Like my other short courses, this one will be available later…but the special price of $39.95 increases to $49.95 on April 8th.

I live in another country. Can I take advantage of How to Maximize YOUR Church-Wide Campaign? Every 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!).

We’ve failed in our previous attempts to plan and launch a successful church-wide campaign. Why should we try again? A well planned and well executed church-wide campaign is the best way to launch a wave of new small groups. It is a powerful way to help your whole congregation get on the same page. And perhaps most importantly, a church-wide campaign can be a powerful ingredient in revitalizing the spiritual vitality of your congregation.

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.

Do you have a question I haven’t answered?  You can click here to jump into the conversation.

Click here to take a look at How to Maximize YOUR Church-Wide Campaign.

My Latest Short Course: How to Maximize Your Church-Wide Campaign

How to Maximize YOURChurch-Wide CampaignIf you Google church wide campaign or church wide campaigns, you’ll find that 8 of the top 10 links are mine. You know why? It’s simple. I’ve been planning and running campaigns for over 15 years and in 7 different churches. And that’s not including the hundreds I’ve coached to do it over the years.

I’ve planned and run campaigns in many very different churches. Churches of all sizes, 20+ different denominations, contemporary and traditional and everything in between.

I’ve worked with all kinds of senior pastors.

I’ve worked with churches that have never done a campaign and are brand new to small group ministry.

I’ve worked with churches that have already done several campaigns and long histories of small group ministry.

Name a situation…I’ve probably coached a church like yours to plan and launch a game-changing 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.

You’re Invited!

I want to invite you to join me for my new 4 session short course:

How to Maximize a Church-Wide Campaign

Here’s what you’ll gain:

  • A crystal clear understanding of how to choose the perfect campaign
  • A calculated strategy to reach deeply into the congregation, crowd and community
  • A precision-timed campaign timeline designed to maximize the number of groups and members
  • A time-tested strategy to recruit the coaches you need to sustain 60 to 70% of your new groups after the campaign
  • Actionable strategies designed to produce both next steps and first steps for your whole congregation

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. 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, April 14th at 11:00 a.m. pacific.
  • Sessions 2 thru 4 are on April 21st, 28th, and May 5th.
  • 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.

Still have questions? See if this helps: Frequently Asked Questions about How to Maximize YOUR Church-Wide Campaign.

Are you ready? I’d love to teach you how to maximize a powerful church-wide campaign.

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


Maximize Your Church-Wide Campaign



Last Chance at This Price: How to Build an Effective Coaching Structure

New and Radically Improved

Update: I only have 2 spots left (for the live version)

Will you take advantage?

How to Build an Effective Coaching Structure: The 2016 Version

Without a doubt, one of my most frequently asked questions is, “How do you build a truly effective small group coaching structure?”

Actually, this question is almost always phrased this way:

“HELP! We’ve tried to add coaching to our small group ministry and we Just. Can’t. Figure It. Out.”

As you probably know, I am not a theorist. I am a practitioner. I’ve been a small group pastor in 7 different churches. Seven churches.

I’ve built an effective coaching structure everywhere I’ve been. Don’t miss that.

My point is simply that I have a lot of experience in small group ministry. A lot of experience.

I’ve built an effective coaching structure everywhere I’ve been.

It is not impossible.

It is not complicated.

I can teach you my simple 3 step process. You will never look at coaching the same way again.

You can learn to build an effective small group coaching structure.

You’re Invited!

I want to invite you to join me for my new 4 session short course:

How to Build an Effective Coaching Structure: The 2016 Version

Here’s what you’ll gain:

  • 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.

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. 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 Tuesday, March 1st at 11:00 a.m. pacific.
  • Sessions 2 thru 4 are on March 8th, 15th, and 22nd.
  • 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 teach you how to build the kind of small group coaching system I’ve used in 7 different churches.

You can do it too. You’ll be glad you learned how…and so will your small group leaders!

Have a question? Click here to see my frequently asked question page!


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