May 5, 2010
Planning on being in the New Orleans area Saturday, June 5th? Join Steve Gladen for a one day Small Group Conference!
Mission: To assist the churches of Greater New Orleans in balancing the Great Commission and Great Commandment in the lives of both their host headers and their small groups.
Vision: To see all hosts and leaders deepen their understanding of a purpose driven group, and become more fully committed to growing and leading their small group in the Great Commission and Great Commandment.
Objective: To help your group leaders take the next step in developing successful purpose driven small groups and walk away with a personal and group plan for growth and health.
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July 2, 2009
Cincinnati’s Vineyard Community church was the location of the Saddleback Small Group Conference on May 15 and 16. The weather was gorgeous, the people were friendly and the small group community was electric.
Almost 1000 pastors, small group point leaders and small group members came from 20 U.S. states and Canadian provinces for two days of learning and sharing. As in the earlier conference in Atlanta, one of the highlights for returning conferees was the Think Tank segment, in which small group point people gathered by geography for discussion and chewing on the leading issues of their ministries. The result was terrific synergy, highlighting the value of community.
The Purpose Driven Small Group Network was well represented, with many Area Point Leaders, State Point People and others in attendance. Cheryl Shireman, coordinator of the Network, drove over from Indiana to be part of the conference, answer questions and collect registrations by attendees wanting to take benefit from the Network. She also recruited several new Regional Point People to the Network. Interested in the possibility of serving in your area and holding your own “huddles” for other Small Group Point People? Contact Cheryl for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On September 11 and 12 the conference goes to Dallas, Texas. Put on your boots and “cowboy up” to Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall for two exciting days that promise to be a great finish to the 2009 NEXT Saddleback Small Group Conferences.
For more information on the Dallas conference, please visit the NEXT Conference Website by clicking here.
May 7, 2009
Hundreds of pastors and small group point leaders gathered for this year’s Saddleback small group conference April 24 and 25 in Atlanta. It was clear that God was going to do something at this event because Steve Gladen’s trip to Atlanta was marred by two successive plane cancellations just to get out of Dallas. Then, the first day of the conference, Steve came down with laryngitis. By the fourth session, his voice was a frog, and he ended up using the video from the same session in 2008. On Saturday there were almost a hundred more small group hosts (leaders) that came for inspiration and training. Steve had the help of a few stand-ins for his main sessions, but he gathered what was left of his voice and wrapped up the day with a dramatic closing time of recommitment.
This year, the conference structure was changed in order to help churches that have been affected by the economy. Instead of three days, with over 50 workshops, starting at $259 for early registration, the Atlanta conference was two days, with two tracks and three workshops, at just $39/day for early registration. Some churches took advantage of the group rates and paid only $25/day for their team. As one registrant said on their evaluation sheet, “The price for this conference is unheard of. Hope you can keep it that way.”
New at this conference was the Leadership Think Tank session. This forum is for seasoned leaders who are already implementing the principles taught in the general sessions and wanting to grow their ministry to the next step. Reid Smith moderated the Think Tank session in Atlanta in which a roomful of leaders tackled some of the thorniest challenges to their ministries. This was a dynamic and highly rated session.
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