Do You Know What Makes People “Tick” in Small Groups?

by Allen White 

Most church members don’t consider themselves to be leaders. Yet, every believer is called to lead others (Matthew 28:18-20). Non-leaders often feel guilty or frustrated when they’re challenged to step up to lead. There is a better way.

Over the years, I have witnessed hundreds of non-leaders become leaders in my own church as well as

coaching hundreds of other churches to do the same. Probably the best compliment anyone ever gave me was from a guy name Doug: “Thank you, Pastor Allen, for showing me I was the leader I never knew I was.” Your church is filled with Dougs.

Every day I get to do my favorite thing — coaching and encouraging pastors to take ordinary church members put an easy-to-use curriculum in their hands and turn them into the leaders they never knew they were. No guilt. No frustration. In fact, some of them tell me, “I’ve found the best thing I’ve ever done.”

Here is how I could help you and your church find the next steps in your small group ministry:

1. Small Group Ministry Coaching

Small group strategies abound, but which one will help you recruit your entire congregation into community and help you recruit all of the leaders you will need. If you are suffering from information overload and would like a coach to walk you through the most effective and proven strategies, our Small Group Ministry Coaching is a great solution for you. Starting with a custom strategy for your church, you will be coached by expert, proven leaders to accomplish your goals. Take the guess-work out of small group ministry. Get a coach in your corner.

If you would like more information on Coaching Services,please contact allen(at) or 949-235-7428.

2. Onsite Small Group Assessments

Spiritual growth and group success are difficult to measure. How do you know where your ministry stands? You probably have a sense it could be more, but what and where? This 30 Day Ministry Assessment will help you identify your ministry’s current strengths and weaknesses. By surveying group leaders and members, interviewing staff and key lay leaders, and reviewing your group history and goals, we will create a plan for your small group ministries future success. For more information, please contact allen(at) or 949-235-7428.

3. One Hour Consultation.

What if you could bend the ear of a small group expert for an hour? You can. With this option, Allen White will give you a one hour consultation at an affordable rate to address any and all of your small group issues. Whether you are seeking proven methods for small group ministry, a sounding board for your current strategy, or an opportunity to ideate and innovate new ideas, this option gives you access to both what’s worked as well as what’s ahead for small groups. This is perfect for small group pastors/directors who are not quite ready for a longer term coaching relationship.For more information, please contact allen(at) or 949-235-7428.

4. Curriculum Production Coaching

Over the years, I have discovered the power of multiplying the life and ministry of the senior pastor by producing video-based curriculum. This easy to use tool is a catalytic force in launching 50 percent or more of your church into small groups. While you could spend a lot of money and hire a professional production team, the reality is most churches have the ability with the staff, volunteers and equipment they have to produce a publisher-quality curriculum for themselves. Curriculum Production Coaching will take you step by step the process to not only give you a beautiful and effective new curriculum, but also to train your team and give you a “printing press” to continue creating curriculum in the years ahead. For more information, please contact allen(at) or 949-235-7428.

5. Curriculum Development with Major Publishers

Lifetogether continues to develop new projects with major publishers to disciple your group members. In addition to Lifetogether’s own award-winning, best-selling curriculum, we also contract with authors to create curriculum from their books, sermons and series. For more information, please contact allen(at) or 949-235-7428.

In  work with Lifetogether, Allen White has served as Executive Producer on:

Amazing Faith by Wilfredo (Choco) de Jesus (DVD and study guide in English and Spanish) published by My Healthy Church.

Believe by Dr. George O. Wood (DVD and study guide in four editions: Adult, Spanish Adult, Women and Student) published by My Healthy Church.

The Daniel Plan by Rick Warren, Dr. Mark Hyman and Dr. Daniel Amen (DVD and Study Guide) for Saddleback Resources and published by Zondervan.

Destiny by Dr. Tony Evans (DVD and study guide) published by The Urban Alternative.

An Extraordinary Life by Allen Jackson published by World Outreach Church.

Hope Rising by Gene Appel published by Eastside Christian Church.

In the Gap by Wilfredo (Choco) de Jesus (DVD and study guide in English and Spanish) published by My Healthy Church.

Lifegiving Relationships by Greg Surratt, Rick Bezet, Randy Bezet, Peter Haas, Joe Champion, Christine Caine, Herbert Cooper, Scott Hornsby, Stovall Weems, Matt Fry, Matt Keller, Rob Ketterling, and John Siebeling created for ARC and published by My Healthy Church.

Life On Mission by Tim Harlow (DVD and study guide) published by Zondervan.

Make Room (DVD and Study Guide) by Greg Surratt and Josh Surratt published by Seacoast Church.

No Place Like Home by Michael Durso (DVD and study guide in English and Spanish) published by Christ Tabernacle.

Redefine by Randal Ross (DVD and study guide – English and Spanish) published by Calvary Church.


Our current and previous church clients include:

The Association of Related Churches (ARC), Birmingham, AL (Marc Cleary, director)

Calvary Church, Naperville, IL (Randal Ross)

Capital Area Christian Church, Mechanicsburg, PA (Don Hamilton)

Church of the Highlands, Birmingham, AL (Chris Hodges)

Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, KS (Adam Hamilton)

Christ Tabernacle, Glendale, NY (Michael Durso)

Copperfield Church, Houston, TX (Larry Womack)

Dallas Baptist Church, Dallas, PA (Jerry Branch) – church of 50 adults who successfully produced two professional quality group curricula.

Eastview Christian Church, Normal, IL (Mike Baker)

Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO (Jim Daly)

Grace Chapel, Hermitage, PA (Larry Haynes)

General Council of the Assemblies of God, Springfield, MO (Dr. George O. Wood)

Healing Place Church, Baton Rouge, LA (Dino Rizzo)

Hunt Valley Church, Hunt Valley, MD (Frank Boswell)

Life Center, Tacoma, WA (Dean Curry), Edmond, OK (Craig Groeschel)

Lutheran Church of the Atonement, Barrington, IL (Don Wink) – started over 75 groups in a church of 300 adults

McKinney Church, Fort Worth, Texas (Chris Freeland)

Mt Horeb United Methodist Church, Lexington, SC (Jeff Kersey)

New Hope Windward, Kailua, HI (Dave Barr)

New Life Center, Bakersfield, CA (James Ranger)

NewSpring Church, Anderson, SC (Perry Noble)

Northview Christian Church, Carmel, IN (Steve Poe)

Northwest Church, Fresno, CA (Will Stoll)

Northwoods Church, Peoria, IL (Cal Rychener)

Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship/The Urban Alternative, Dallas, TX (Dr. Tony Evans) - launched 500 new groups

Peoples Church, Fresno, CA (Dale Oquist)

Saddleback Resources and, Lake Forest, CA (Rick Warren) – Produced The Daniel Plan small group curriculum

Seacoast Church, Mt. Pleasant, SC (Greg Surratt) – launched 1,100 new groups

The Grove, Riverside, CA (Tom Lance)

The Potter’s House of North Dallas, Frisco, TX (Pastor Cheryl Brady, Bishop T.D. Jakes) – connect 50 percent in the first launch

Thomas Road Baptist Church, Lynchburg, VA (Jonathan Falwell)

Timberlake Church, Redmond, WA (Ben Sigman)

The Worship Center, Alamogordo, NM (David Crispin) – launched 163 groups in a church of 1,200 adults

Van Dyke United Methodist Church, Lutz, FL (Matthew Hartsfield)

Victory Church, Lakeland, FL (Wayne Blackburn)

Ward Church, Detroit, MI (Scott McKee)

Whitehaven Road Baptist Church, Grand Island, NY (Jeff Stimpson)

Willow Creek Community Church, South Barrington, IL (Bill Hybels) – launched 2,700 groups.

Woodlands Church, The Woodlands, TX (Kerry Shook)

World Outreach Church, Murfreesboro, TN (Allen Jackson)

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