Don’t get us wrong: We are fans of church-wide campaigns—those regular points in the church calendar in which every age group is studying the same thing, the pastor is reinforcing the small group emphases from the pulpit, and maybe even the choir and worship teams are lined up singing songs that support the theme. Bible […]
A phrase in a current car commercial caught my ear while I was watching TV last night: “If the automobile had been invented today, it would have been electric.” I don’t know if that’s an accurate statement or not. Still, thinking through what you would do differently if you were creating something today is a […]
This week on his blog, small group specialist Mark Howell reviews Matt Chandler’s latest small group resource, Recovering Redemption. Chandler, lead pastor of The Village Church in Dallas, Texas, has authored a number of books and resources for small groups, including To Live is Christ and The Explicit Gospel. Read Mark’s blog here.
Today on his blog, small group expert Mark Howell talks about 5 small group ministry myths that need busting. He lists all five, but really unpacks the first one: An important key to growing the number of groups in your small group ministry is for every leader to have an apprentice. So, does every small […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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. […]