Small Group Monday: Would You Rather

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In a recent blog post, small group specialist Mark Howell played an intriguing game of Would You Rather, posing this question: Would you rather connect more people of make more disciples?  It’s a great question because it pits two valuable outcomes against each other. Which is more desirable? What would you say? Share your thoughts […]

Small Group Monday: 5 Blatantly Obvious Truths about Starting New Groups

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In a recent blog post, Small Group Specialist Mark Howell addressed an “elephant in the room” when it comes to starting new groups: leaders see the need for them, but there is often resistance to them among church members. What’s a leader to do? Click here to read five truths that should go without saying, […]

Small Group Monday: Does Your Church “See Straight”?

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This week on his blog, small group specialist Mark Howell  unpacks the fourth of five roadblocks to effective small group ministry: A myopic understanding of the culture. Myopia is a condition in which “poor focus results in defective vision.” In his article, Mark isn’t talking about a defective vision of the culture outside the church. His […]

Small Group Monday: 6 Creative Ideas for Prayer Time

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Stuck in a rut with your prayer time in your small group? Click here for six ideas from small group specialist Mark Howell to get your group unstuck.

Small Group Monday: 5 Myths that Keep Churches from Starting New Groups

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Today on his blog, small group expert Mark Howell talks about “tall tales and downright whoppers” that keep churches from launching new groups. Read his list and his responses, and see how many of them your church has bought in to. Remember, it is the nature of healthy things to grow! Read more… 

Small Group Insights: What’s In a Name?

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This week, Bible Studies For Life’s small group advisor Mark Howell asks, “What do you call your leaders?” Does it matter whether you refer to them as “teachers,” “leaders,” “shepherds,” “hosts,” or something else? Actually it does. Language shapes perception, and on his blog, Mark helps us navigate the nuances of what each term means. […]

Small Group Insights: 6 Ways to Help Your Senior Pastor Make the Small Group Ask

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Last Tuesday, we shared a post from Bible Study For Life’s Small Group Advisor Mark Howell that talked about 5 commitments that propel a thriving small group ministry. One of those was that “The senior pastor is the primary champion/spokesperson for the small group ministry year in and year out.” But what if he isn’t? This […]

5 Commitments That Propel and Sustain a Thriving Small Group Ministry

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  This week, our Small Group Advisor Mark Howell talks about what it takes to sustain a healthy small group ministry. He outlines five essential commitments: Connecting everyone to a small group is a top objective every year. Small group membership is an essential step in the strategy. Small group ministry is designed to make disciples. […]