You Need to Know Mark Howell

Mark Howell

Mark Howell

I once had a tradition of telling you whom you should know – leaders from whom I’m learning – and I’m reviving that practice today by recommending Mark Howell. Mark is one of our community contributors and I asked him to become one on the basis of his practical and helpful insights, plus a good recommendation from a few of our Small Groups Pastors at Saddleback.

I’m paying close attention to what Mark is writing and doing because I’m about to launch a church and small groups are probably the area where I need the most help. In Mark’s own words…

My name is Mark Howell and I’m the guy behind, and@markchowell.

I’m the the founder of, offering consulting and coaching services that help churches across North America launch, build and sustain healthy small group ministries.  I’m also the Community Life Pastor at Parkview Christian Church in Orland Park, Illinois (one of the 50 fastest growing churches for 7 of the last 8 years).

With over 25 years in ministry, I’ve served in a number of roles. In addition to planting a church, I’ve also served as an Associate Pastor on several teams and Small Group Pastor atWoodlands Church and Lake Avenue Church. With four years on the consulting staff atLifetogether and three more on my own, I’ve had the privilege of jump-starting, overhauling and fine-tuning ministries around the country. As a host and teacher for several 40 Days of Purpose Campaign Coaching initiatives with Purpose Driven I’ve had the opportunity to guide hundreds of churches through the church-wide campaign process.

I’m also a writer, contributing to the Pastor’s Ministry ToolboxSmallGroups.comSmall Group Trader and and blogging regularly at on a variety of topics including church growth, strategic development, leadership, alignment, and innovation.


If you’re looking to grow as a leader, a small group host, or a Pastor, follow Mark’s work!

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