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.

5 Small Group Ministry Secrets and Shortcuts You Need to Know



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


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



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


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



“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



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 […]

5 Simple Small Group Ministry Moves with Exponential Payoffs


Exponential Growth

Sometimes we know we need to make changes in our strategy, but we remain stuck because we’re focusing on the wrong variable. Here are 5 simple small group ministry moves with exponential payoffs: Clarify and simplify your “leader” requirements.  What is in your current “leader” requirements that might be keeping the very first step into […]

The Latest on Church-Wide Campaigns (2014)


What On Earth?

Saddleback released the 40 Days of Purpose church-wide campaign in 2002.  Although they had previously launched internal spiritual growth campaigns, this one really was a just-add-water option.  Of course, in 2002 it really was just about the only option. Today, there are lots of options and there are more all the time.  I’ve reviewed many of them […]

The First 7 Questions I Ask When Evaluating a Small Group Ministry


Healthy Small Group

I get a steady stream of emails asking for help with small group ministries.  I also find myself sitting down with small group pastors and senior pastors when I’m at conferences (or when ministry teams stop in to see me in Vegas). It’s fun and I love the opportunity to help.  But I thought it […]

5 Keys to Getting Everyone to Join a Small Group


Small Group

I get questions…a lot of questions!  When they apply to lots of people, I try to answer them here on the blog!  This is one of those times.  Here’s a question from a reader: How do you motivate people in the pews & leadership to join a group? What are the keys to get everyone […]

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