Exponential Groups: Unleashing Your Church’s Potential

By Allen White; Foreword by Chip Ingram

“Everyone is already in a group.

“When I saw “group,” something from years of church Bible studies comes to mind. You might protest that there are plenty of people who aren’t in groups like this. But it’s true. Everyone is already in a group, it’s just not the group you have in mind. People are in groups called families, friends, coworkers, neighbors, soccer moms, and many others. If your question is how are these church groups? I want to suggest you change your question to what can these groups do intentionally about their spiritual growth?”

— excerpt from the Introduction

This book brims with effective strategies for recruiting leaders, connecting members into groups, coaching groups for success, and giving people something to say yes to, even when they have rejected church-wide campaigns previously offered by their churches. Keys to effective, ongoing groups include leadership training, ongoing coaching, appropriate record keeping, as well as a sequence of aligned series rather than just a single occasional campaign. This book provides fundamentals that will insure ongoing success proven principles used effectively in hundreds of churches across North America.

Readers of Exponential Groups will learn how to connect their unconnected members into community, recruit the group leaders needed to connect and grow their congregation, coach group leaders for a sustainable group structure that will serve their church for years to come, understand how to maintain current discipleship strategies, and implement new strategies without alienating their members or derailing their current systems.


  • Print Length: 251 pages
  • Publisher: Hendrickson
  • Publication Date: February 1, 2017

From the Foreword by Chip Ingram:

“Allen offers practical insights and proven steps to start new groups in your church, whether you’ve been at groups for a long time or are just getting started. These are principles from the trenches, not unproven theories. What Allen has done in his own churches and in our church will work for your church as well. This isn’t a cookie cutter strategy that treats every church exactly the same. No two churches are really the same. The variety and flexibility you will discover in this book will help you make a custom fit for your congregation.”
Chip Ingram, Founder and President, Living on the Edge

What Others are Saying About Exponential Groups:

“Wouldn’t it be great to have ALL the people in our churches connected to groups in which they can do life together, learn about God, and encourage each other? The problem is that we might be standing in the way of that happening without even knowing it. If you want to learn how to empower your people to step up and serve, and effectively reach those outside of the church, pick up a copy of Exponential Groups by Allen White. Your people have the power to impact the lives of others for God in the long-term, and you can help them discover it.”
Greg Surratt

Founding Pastor, Seacoast Church, Mt. Pleasant, SC

“What you’ll find in the pages of this book is time-tested strategy to exponentially multiply your small group ministry. Allen has the heart of a pastor, the wit of a standup comedian, and the experience of a professional football coach. If you are a senior pastor or a small group champion and want to take your ministry to the next level, I would order this book for yourself and your entire leadership team.”
Brett Eastman

Founder & President, Lifetogether Ministries, San Juan Capistrano, CA

“I’m thankful Allen White has leveraged two decades of leading, launching, coaching, studying and unleashing the power of small groups. Every church leader who would like to take their small groups ministry to the next level will benefit from his insights and experience.”
Gene Appel

Senior Pastor, Eastside Christian Church, Anaheim, CA

“If you’re ready to take your small group ministry to the next level, Allen White’s Exponential Groups is a perfect playbook. Very few people have Allen’s deep experience in helping small group ministries grow exponentially.”
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Mark Howell

Pastor of Communities, Canyon Ridge Christian Church, Las Vegas, NV

“Exponential Groups is a powerful, biblical resource that puts Allen White’s decades of experience leading group life into your hand. No matter the size of your congregation, Allen’s mindset and hard-won strategies will open a new chapter in the life and growth of small groups in your church community.”
Herbert Cooper

Senior Pastor, People's Church, Oklahoma City, OK

“I don’t know anyone who has worked with more churches on maximizing their small groups than Allen White. In Exponential Groups: Unleashing Your Church’s Potential, Allen takes that wealth of experience and breaks it down for every church to easily digest and implement immediately. If your goal is to connect a lot of people into community in a short amount of time, then this book is for you.”
Chris Surratt

Ministry Consultant, Lifeway, Nashville, TN

“Allen is a groups genius and Exponential Groups is a gift to churches serious about building meaningful community.”
Caleb Anderson

Author, Huntington Beach, CA

“Allen White eats, sleeps and breathes small groups and the strategies that help churches engage and connect their people.  His experience is rich, broad and deep, not only will his stories of success inspire you but his stories of what hasn’t worked will give you confidence in his advice.  If you are serious about groups this book will give you plenty to chew on and encouragement for the journey. “
Rick Rusaw

Lead Pastor, LifeBridge Christian Church, Longmont, CO

“Allen has written a terrific book from the seat of a practitioner. Having helped countless churches start and maintain small groups ministries, Allen’s voice is one to be trusted. But beware: only read this book if you’re ready for your small groups to grow!”
Steve Gladen

Pastor of Small Group Community, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, CA

“What I love about this book is that it’s not gimmicks and empty promises…it’s real life, and it challenges you to think deeply and creatively about connecting people into meaningful relationships.  It’s what I love about Allen White too!  He isn’t just giving you a research paper, and it isn’t “what studies have shown”.  Allen has spent most of his ministry creatively and courageously helping churches and leaders create life together.  I’ve watched him do it up close and personal…and it works.”
David Larson

Senior Pastor, New Life Christian Center, Turlock, CA

“Allen White is one of the world’s leading thinkers in Small Group Ministry.  The practical tools he presents in Exponential Groups coupled with his easy-to-read writing style will keep your attention and equip you for better Small Group ministry.  If you want your small group ministry to achieve greater things faster, then this book is for you!!”
Alan Danielson

Lead Pastor, Invictus Church, Cincinnati, OH

“Allen White was instrumental in helping our church move to a whole new level of effectiveness in our small group ministry. This book provides a practical and positive game plan for helping your church take transformational next steps in your groups. If you’re ready to develop disciples, build community, and grow your church, this book is for you!”
Matthew Hartsfield

Lead Pastor, Bay Hope Church, Lutz, FL

“Allen is the real deal, bringing insightful, strategic, & practical help for an area of ministry he is passionate & experienced in. Timely resource!”
Doug Slaybaugh

Paterson Center, Carlsbad, CA

“This book, Exponential Groups, is one of the most practical, applicable books on small groups that I have ever read.  As a Lead Pastor, I have believed in small group ministry as a key competent of effective local church ministry for over 25 years.  Small Groups, however, are always more messy and challenging to manage. Allen White’s thinking on this subject is clear, compelling, and effective.  At Allison Park Church, we are using the plans laid out in Exponential Groups, as a manual for how to execute on a high level than ever before.”
Jeff Leake

Senior Pastor, Allison Park Church, Allison Park, PA

“Pastors know Christ-centered groups make thriving disciples. The hard part is developing a clear, workable strategy that empowers leaders, launches groups and connects people. Allen’s book just made the hard part a whole lot simpler! A true gift”
Dr. Bill Donahue

Best-selling author, and Leadership Coach

“Allen White shows ministry leaders how to develop a practical yet very relational strategy for developing groups exponentially. His step-by-step plans plus real-life stories make this one of the best books on small group strategy available today.”
Michael Mack

Editor, The Christian Standard

“Just when I thought it had all been said, Exponential Groups shows up. Not only does Allen reveal real-life stories that will inspire, he unearths principles and practices that will grow your ministry – EXPONENTIALLY!”
Rick Howerton

Regional Consultant, Kentucky Baptist Convention

“Exponential Groups brings to light a plethora of ideas and practices for the Small Group Point Person.  You will walk away with new approaches to your Small Group system as Allen shares transparently from his ministry’s successes and failures.”
Eddie Mosley

Adult Minister - Groups

“Allen’s guidance and wisdom has been a rich blessing to our staff and our congregation enabling us to expand the reach of our small group ministry in tremendous ways. With Allen’s coaching we have doubled the capacity of our small group ministry and also enhanced our ability to equip and encourage those who serve on the front lines of this ministry as small group leaders. I would highly recommend his insight and coaching for you to take your small group ministry to the next level.”
David Alexander

Senior Pastor, First Methodist Church, Mansfield, TX

“Absolutely loved getting my hands on Allen’s new book!!  His insights on expanding and growing small groups in a different way were just what NorthStar needed at just the right time!  Huge read for any pastor or small group leader that is looking to re-think groups for the future!!!  Excited now to apply some of his awesome ideas!!”
Mike Linch

Senior Pastor, NorthStar Church, Kennesaw, GA

“Allen is a respected and diverse practitioner, who cuts through the rabbit trails of unrehearsed theory, and offers his hard-earned wisdom with disarming wit and piercing clarity. Exponential Groups captures his balance of being a can-do strategist that is realistic and honest about what works and what doesn’t. By standing on his shoulders, you will be empowered to grow healthy group life and reach more people with the Gospel.”
Reid Smith

Director of Discipleship, Christ Fellowship Church, West Palm Beach, FL