About Mark Howell

Mark Howell is the founder of SmallGroupResources.net, committed to helping churches launch, build, and sustain healthy small group ministries. He's also the Pastor of Discipleship Communities at Canyon Ridge Christian Church.  Having served as small group pastor at Woodlands Church and Lake Avenue Church, Mark is a seasoned veteran with experience in both the contemporary and the traditional church. In addition, he served as a consultant with Lifetogether and as a host for the Purpose Driven Campaign Coaching programs. You can read Mark's blog at www.markhowelllive.com or follow him on twitter.

The Seven Biggest Problems Facing Small Group Pastors

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Broken Pipe

What are the problems you face?  I’ve been at this a long time.  I’ve pretty much seen it all.  Here’s my list: The 7 biggest problems facing small group pastors: A senior pastor who is reluctant or ineffective as small group champion.  This may be the most under-the-radar problem facing small group pastors.  After all, […]


5 Dangerous Myths about Church-Wide Campaigns

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Groups

There are definitely ways that church-wide campaigns miss the mark and there are keys to avoiding a church-wide campaign disaster.  There are certain things you need to do to have a great church-wide campaign. See also, Top 10 Ways Church-Wide Campaigns Miss the Mark, 5 Keys to Avoiding a Church-Wide Campaign Disaster and 10 Simple Steps to a Great Church-Wide Campaign. 5 Dangerous Myths […]


10 of the Most Overused Small Group Ministry Buzzwords

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Words

Ever heard someone use a word or a phrase and there was something about the way they said it that made you realize…they didn’t know what it meant?  I remember when a friend of mine kept talking about the long tail (a business term) and ecosystem (or some other buzzword, I don’t remember) and it was so obvious to […]


You Know You Have the Right Small Group System When…

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Gears

How do you know you have chosen the right small group system?  Can you know?  I think you probably can. While there are at least half a dozen different small group systems, none of them areproblem-free.  Wise leaders simply choose the set of problems they’d rather have.  See also, How to Choose a Small Group System or Model. So…how […]


5 Small Group Ministry Secrets and Shortcuts You Need to Know

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Shortcut

Ever had this happen?  You’re doing a repetitive task the same way you’ve been doing it for years and then someone sees what you’re doing and tells you an easier way. Or how about this, you’re driving somewhere you’ve been a million times and someone in the backseat says, “Did you know that there’s a much […]


5 Essential Ingredients of Groups that Make Disciples

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Small Groups

Yesterday I asked the question, “What have you designed your groups to make?”  Answering my own question, I said, “Our small groups are designed to make followers of Jesus.”  And I must admit that my answer begs the question, “what kind of group will make disciples or followers of Jesus?”  See also, What Have You Designed Your Groups […]


Books – The Rise of the ‘Nones’ by James Emery White

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Nones

Worked my way through The Rise of the Nones this week.  New from James Emery White, the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church, this is a must read in my opinion.  White is an insightful observer of culture and culture shifts and the implications of this particular shift ought to be a front burner conversation for all of us. […]


5 Things to Do In June to Maximize Small Groups This Fall

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Coach for Group

You can’t wait until the end of the summer to prepare for the fall ministry season.  Have you figured this out yet?  Most likely you’re on to this fact of life…but even if you are, you might need an idea or two about how to prepare and what to focus on.  See also, What To […]


5 Common Mistakes of Rookie Small Group Pastors

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Rookie

“That was a rookie mistake.” Ever heard that? Ever said it to yourself? Probably all of us have been there and done that. Here are 5 of the most common mistakes of rookie small group pastors: Trying to take care of too many small group leaders. This is a very common mistake and reflects a […]


5 New Assumptions About Ministry in the 21st Century

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Futuristic

I asked you recently if it was time for you to take a fresh look at your assumptions.  I really do believe we are irresponsible when we just continue down a well-worn path expecting to arrive at a new destination.  And yet, that is what many of us do. Because I am more and more […]


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