2018 Vision Day with Steve Gladen

Every year, Pastor Steve Gladen invites all of the small group pastors from each Saddleback Church campus to his home to talk about vision. The day is filled with laughter, meaningful conversations and strategic information intended to create unity across all campuses! Feel free to use any of these ideas or the message notes below as a resource for your small group ministry!


January 11, 2018

Theme Verse: 2 Corinthians 13:5 (MSG)

Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don’t drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups… Test it out. If you fail the test, do something about it.


HUMBLE MYSELF (fill in the blank)

But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins. (Matthew 6:15) 

That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart. (Matthew 8:35)

  • Grace, Grace, Grace
  • Think the best of each other
  • Listen, Look, Learn, Laugh
  • Matthew 18:15-17
  • EXAMINE MY HEART (fill in blank)
    Put me on trial Lord, and cross-examine me. Test my motives and my heart. (Psalm 26:2)
  • Motives
  • Saddleback Culture
  • ValuesALIGN WITH PURPOSE (fill in blank)

    I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose. (1 Corinthians 1:10)

  • 101 Team Dashboard – (Class system, class 101, small group, ordinances (baptisms & communion), salvations
  • Learning across campuses – (What did you learn from another campus?)
  • Cultural check-up

LEAD WITH FOCUS (fill in blank)

So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it. (Philippines 3:15-16 MSG)

  • Know reality – (Facts are our friends)
  • Have Goals – (Can’t manage what we can’t measure/ Have SMART Goals
  • Track Progress – (Know your leading indicators/ Be aligned to our dashboard)THINK TEAM (fill in blank)The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work. (1 Corinthians 3:8 NLT)
  • It begins with you – (Your passion, know who you are/ 1 Peter 5:1-4, don’t have to know everything but you do need to get the job done)
  • Develop leadership – (Your C Team”s”/ Recruiting)


We are careful to be honorable before the Lord, but we also want everyone else to seethe we are honorable (2 Corinthians 8:21)

So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. (Ephesians 4:25)

    • Affirming/Encouragement – (You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God. Hebrews 3:13)
      • Truth Telling – (Get the truth and never sell it; also get wisdom, discipline, and good judgement. Proverbs 23:23
      • Now I say to you that you are Peter an upon this rock I will build by church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.
      • Jesus turned to Peter and said “Get away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s. Matthew 16:13-23

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