Resources to Help You Build a Thriving Small Group Ministry
If you're ready to go farther than a blog post can take you...here are three of my most popular resources I've created for leaders like you.
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As many of you know, I left my last active role on a church staff in August of 2021. A set of philosophical differences with an incoming lead pastor just made my brand of small group ministry a poor fit for Canyon Ridge. When that has happened before (two times out of six moves), we…Read More
Did you miss this one? I did. One at a Time is Kyle Idleman’s 2022 entry into the church-wide campaign list. Based on a book written by Idleman and published in January, 2022, and a video series (available on RightNow Media and the Southeast Christian Church website), One at a Time offers an outstanding glimpse…Read More
I’m very excited about the launch of my newest course: HOW. TO. JUMPSTART. JANUARY. ’23!. I launched the initial version in 2014 via a recorded conference call and revised it in 2016 via a video call). I revised the course again in 2019 and 2021. You may have questions and just not had time yet…Read More
If you’ve been along for much of this conversation, you know I love a good diagram. Saddleback’s “concentric circles” diagram has tremendous application and I’ve used it a lot to explain things like crowd to core strategy and engagement pathways. This version of the concentric circles diagram has been used many times to illustrate the…Read More
All of us have a level of interest in putting our own spin on the design of our small group ministries. Our designs include things like: who can be a group leader (and how they become one) leader expectations how leader development works (i.e., is there training, is there a coach, etc.) how you join…Read More
This is a two-part concept. First, so that we’re all on the same page, let’s start with a definition: on-ramp: noun [on-ramp, -awn] an entrance lane for traffic from a street to a turnpike or freeway We all know what an on-ramp is when we’re driving, right? But when we’re talking about small group ministry…it’s…Read More
Language. Verbiage. This word over that word. What is the clearest way you can say it? What if you said it THIS way? Would this word be better? When it comes to inviting (or persuading) unconnected people to try a small group or potential leaders to say “yes” to leading a group, I have become…Read More
What’s there to do in August? You might think it’s the dog days of summer, but it’s really the calm before the storm! And there are some pretty important things to do that if you do them…you will reap a bigger harvest. 5 THINGS TO DO IN AUGUST First, give your launch sequence a last…Read More
I’ve spent some time with Centered: Experiencing a Life in Christ, a 9 session study written by Cindy Western and Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City. Centered is used by Crossings Community Church as the study material that anchors a 10 session experience.* “Centered, a ten-week discipleship journey. explores the meaning of a Christ-centered life…Read More
Over the last 20+ years, Mark has served as the Groups Pastor at a number of the largest and fastest growing churches in America (including Woodlands Church, Parkview Christian Church and Canyon Ridge Christian Church.
He's also the founder of MarkHowellLive.com, offering consulting and coaching services that help churches across North America launch, build and sustain healthy small group ministries.
How I Can Help You
Small group ministry is challenging. And as we move deeper into the 21st century old strategies are becoming less and less effective. What you'll find in my blog posts, mini-courses, and coaching is rooted in connecting people and making disciples in the 21st century.
I believe you can do it. It's not rocket science...but it does take a cultural awareness and a sensitivity to the interests and needs of unconnected people. It also takes courage and a willingness to step into a new day.
And you can do it.