"Mark is a small groups guru..he was there to consult LifeChurch.tv in a critical time of small group growth. He's one of the best."  John Davis, LifeChurch.tv

"Mark Howell fuses a heart for relationships and a mind for strategy like few can. His focus on group ministry makes him a valuable asset to church leadership generally and a great advisor to churches individually."  Will Mancini, Founder of Auxano, Author of Church Unique

"Mark is a supreme blend of incisive strategy, gut-level passion, and inspiration for small group ministry point leaders around the world. Over the years, the Lord has used Mark's giving spirit, humble heart, and wisdom earned by experience to help countless leaders and churches become better community-builders." Reid Smith, Core Director of Adult Ministries, Christ Fellowship

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“There’s a new small group party game this year called ‘six degrees of Mark Howell,’ in honor of the small group guru who truly gets that the key to community is connection.”  Ron Wilbur, Pastor of Small Group Operations, Saddleback Church

Every time I’m around Mark he challenges my thinking about the inner workings of small group ministry. Not only does he communicate with passion but his practical insights will challenge your thinking and lead to fresh ideas for taking your small group ministry to the next level.  Mac Lake, Chief Launch Officer, The Launch Network

Mark has worked with the best, learned from the best, and is one of the best small group thinkers, consultants, and coaches in the country.  I sincerely mean it when I say that I wish Mark had been my small group ministry coach. I still learn something from him almost everyday when I read his blog.  He has as much knowledge of small group approaches, systems, structures, and just doing ministry in the local church as anyone I know.  I only wish the small group world had the volumes of books that are spinning around in his head. Rick Howerton, Global Small Group Environmentalist, NavPress

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Mark Howell is all about strategy. He knows what works and can help you figure out what doesn't work. Allen White, Brookwood Church

I enthusiastically recommend Mark Howell as a consultant and advisor for small groups ministries at any church, large or small. I have known Mark for approximately 18 years and have had the privilege of working closely with him in the realm of small groups, both in his capacity as small groups pastor at Fellowship of The Woodlands and later as a client of Mark's in a consulting arrangement. Mark is truly a master at small group strategies, problem solving and next-level thinking. Over time Mark has helped to steer our church through various growth and implementation hurdles, all with great success. Mark knows just how to work with church leaders and volunteers to maximize the potential of this vital ministry at any church. Our highest level group leaders ("Community Leaders") at Fellowship of The Woodlands have all worked with Mark and he has had a solid impact on their leadership and effectiveness. He is admired and respected by all who know him at Fellowship of The Woodlands. He receives a full endorsement from our entire staff and church. Randy Reeves, Executive Pastor, Woodlands Church

"In ten years of ministry I have never met anyone with more knowledge and passion for small groups than Mark Howell.  Mark is one of the most strategic thinkers in small group ministry today, and the resources he offers will help you reproduce leaders, start new groups, and expand your small groups ministry!  Pastor John Atkinson, Director of Multi Site Ministries, Bay Area Fellowship, Corpus Christi TX

“I can’t say enough about how helpful Mark was in coaching me & my team through our 1st small group campaign. Mark’s conference calls were critical in coaching my senior pastor about the importance of his role in the success of our campaign. That was the key to our success.“  John Chaney, Establish Pastor, Northwoods Community Church

I’ve often heard it said that there are those who do and those who teach.  Mark has the unique ability of doing both well.  We were absolutely thrilled with the training Mark provided.  He stretched and challenged our small groups team.  As a result, our groups are more missional and impacting our local community in ways we hadn’t before.    Thanks Mark!  John Sawyer, Associate Pastor of Multi-Site, Bonaire Baptist Church

"Time and time again Mark has given me a tip or a tweak for our small groups that have proven to be game changers for how we run groups."  Justin Lathrop, The Oaks Fellowship

"It would be difficult for me to overstate the impact that Mark Howell’s coaching and consulting ministry has had on our church. A year after developing a relationship with Mark, we have more small groups, healthier groups, more and better equipped small group leaders, a multi-tiered small group organization, clearer vision for our small group ministry, and a better understanding of what's required to be a church of small groups. We think more clearly about discipleship and how to better assimilate people. Beyond that, those of us in senior leadership have learned to think more strategically and deliberately about our overall ministry objectives and we have learned how to make alignment work in our day to day operations. Dr. Will Davis, Jr., Senior Pastor, Austin Christian Fellowship

"Mark is a relevant and strategic small group thought leader. His relational, and encouraging style combined with his first hand small group leadership experience will offer a fun and effective coaching experience. You will gain fresh insights and practical approaches that have helped many  take their small groups ministry to the next level and they will help you do the same." Randy Cochran, Gateway Church, Southlake, Texas

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I have played for a lot of coaches in my life but I have found Mark Howell to be one of the best. When our church decided to get serious about small groups we didn't need good ideas, fancy curriculum, or a boat load of theories, we needed someone to come alongside and walk us through the process of going from a church WITH small groups to a church OF small groups. With Mark's help we have gone from thirty small groups to over a hundred in just two years. I can't give him all the credit but I can say I don't think we would have gotten there without him. Gary Brandenburg, Senior Pastor, Fellowship Bible Church Dallas

“Mark Howell is one of the most strategic thinkers in small group ministry today. His keen insights, creative ideas, and practical coaching will help any pastor or leader focus their small group strategy.” Stephen Blandino, Executive Pastor, Christ Church, Ft. Worth, Texas

"My favorite people are those who have a deep passion for building Biblical community and Mark is one of those people!  He is also one of only a few people in our country who have deep experience in making it happen in a wide variety of ministry settings."  Gary Foran, Gateway Church

I loved the opportunity to learn from his extensive ministry experience, cutting edge relational network and practical, encouraging style. If you are looking for someone to coach you through launching a small group ministry or taking it to the next level, I highly recommend my friend, Mark Howell." Boyd Pelley, Co-founder, President, ChurchTeams

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