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Our mission is to help churches launch, build and sustain healthy small group ministries.  We believe you will be more successful if you have access to the right resources.  Whether you prefer to identify a model and then study how it’s being done successfully somewhere or you’d like access to a group of experts who have done what you need to do, we have what you need.  Here at SmallGroupResources you’ll find recommended books along with knowledgeable reviews.  We also offer a range of services including affordable coaching and consulting programs.

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Biography

mark_bestIn addition to his role as Community Life Pastor at Parkview Christian Church in Orland Park, Illinois, Mark is the founder of SmallGroupResources.net, offering consulting and coaching services that help churches across North America launch, build and sustain healthy small group ministries.

He’s a writer, contributing to the Pastor’s Ministry Toolbox and ChurchCentral.com and blogging regularly at MarkHowellLive.com and StrategyCentral.org on a variety of topics including church growth, strategic development, leadership, alignment, and innovation.

Mark’s long standing passion for leadership development, strategy and innovation have brought him success in a variety of endeavors, including a season as a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter where he won the prestigious National Sales Director Award.

With over 25 years in ministry, Mark has served in a number of roles. In addition to planting a church, he’s also served as an Associate Pastor on several teams and Small Group Pastor at Woodlands Church and Lake Avenue Church. With four years on the consulting staff at Lifetogether he’s had the privilege of working in ministries around the country. As a host and teacher for several 40 Days of Purpose Campaign Coaching initiatives he’s had the opportunity to guide hundreds of churches through the campaign process.

A native Californian, he’s a graduate of San Diego State University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mark and his wife, Debbie, have three children—Chris, Alexis and Eric—two grandchildren and a dog named Molly.

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