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.”

If you would like to turn your audience into an army, here are some ways I can help you along with the rest of the Lifetogether Ministries:

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 Lifetogether’s Coaching Services, contact me by allen(at) (Non-Outlook users, replace (at) with @) or phone: 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, the Lifetogether team will create a plan for your small group ministries future success.

3. Curriculum Production Coaching

After selling over 4 million units of curriculum through major publishers, Lifetogether is now helping churches develop their own video-based curriculum. Whether you need the Lifetogether team to develop a full production curriculum for you or you would prefer to have the Lifetogether team train your staff and volunteer team to develop your own, we will give you the templates and methods to develop your own publisher-ready curriculum.

4. 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.

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.

5. Speaking for Conferences and Retreats

Allen speaks at a variety of small group leader and church conferences as well as local church retreats. Please contact me for available dates.

If you would like more information on Lifetogether’s Consulting and Curriculum Services, contact me by allen(at) (Non-Outlook users, replace (at) with @) or phone: 949-235-7428.

Lifetogether Ministries was founded by Brett Eastman, former small group champion with Rick Warren at Saddleback Church and Bill Hybels at Willow Creek Community Church. Brett and the team have coached thousands of churches and have produced hundreds of pastors over the last 10 years of ministry.

Our current and previous church clients include:

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

Calvary Church, Naperville, IL (Randal Ross)

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)

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), Edmond, OK (Craig Groeschel)

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

New Hope Windward, Kailua, HI (Dave Barr)

New Life Center, Bakersfield, CA (James Ranger)

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

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

The Potter’s House of North Dallas, Frisco, TX (Pastor Cheryl Brady, Bishop T.D. Jakes) – just getting started

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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