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 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 […]


5 Seriously Wrong Questions about Small Group Ministry

Questions

I love a great question.  I actually look for them and even write them down when I hear them or copy them when I read them.  See also, Quotebook: Never Stop Questioning. But there are some questions that are absolutely the wrong question and they lead to the wrong answer.  See also, The Right Answer to the […]


5 Strategic Flaws that Cripple Ministry Impact

Cracked

  There are recognizable strategic flaws in the culture of churches that are stuck.  Fresh eyes can almost always spot strategic flaws in an honest conversation, a website review, or an onsite visit.  Sometimes it can be just one strategic flaw.  Other times it is the whole set.  Does your church struggle with any of […]


Top 10 Ways to Launch New Small Groups

Launch

There are many ways to launch new groups.  If you’ve limited your attempts to one strategy…you truly do not know what you are missing. Here are my top 10 ways to launch new groups: Launch a church-wide campaign.  If you want to launch a wave of groups, there is absolutely no better way.  This strategy […]


5 Serious Small Group Ministry Misalignment Signals

Small Group Misalignment

Does your strategic dashboard light up with flashing warning signals and even alarm bells when you run certain diagnostics?  Or do you find yourself reporting that “everything is fine” even when you find yourself uneasy about what’s really happening? I’ve written about the top 1o signs your small group ministry needs a reboot and a 5 step plan […]


Steve Gladen on the Power of HOST Gatherings

Saddleback Church

I had a great phone call with Steve Gladen (Saddleback’s Pastor of the Small Group Community) last week, thinking that I’d glean enough to turn around and create an overview of the host rally event.  I was right…I got a ton of great ideas…but there was so much good stuff that I decided to post an […]


5 Blatantly Obvious Truths about Starting New Groups

Elephant

You know how sometimes there really is an elephant in the room and no one wants to talk about it?  Or if certain people are in the room a kind of code is used to disguise the real topic?  Depending on who’s in the room, the subject of starting new groups can be like that. Don’t believe […]


10 Ways to Know If Your Small Group Ministry Is Gaining Ground

High Ground

How can you tell if your small group ministry is gaining ground?  What are the signs?  Can it be measured quantitatively?  Or do you have to know how to measure qualitatively? Obviously, you can measure many things quantitatively.  Quantitative measurements like how many groups you have, how many leaders and apprentices you have, and how many people […]


5 Keys to Taking New Ground This Year

Climbing

Want to take new ground in 2014?  Don’t we all?  You’re probably not spending a lot of time figuring out how to avoid or slow down the rate of losing ground (although this Dilbert cartoon has a very funny take on the idea).  No, if you wake up in the middle of the night it’s probably to think about […]


5 Habits I’d Look for If I Was Hiring a Small Group Pastor

Small Group Pastor

I’ve been asked many times for a small group pastor job description, and that is certainly one way to look at the situation.  If I was a senior pastor though, I’d look at it from another angle.  I’d try to figure out the habits and patterns that make for the ideal candidate. Here are the 5 […]


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