Lobby Gathering

Feb 21-23, 2023

The Lobby Gathering is an out-of-the-box small group Retreat.

What’s your favorite part of the last conference or retreat you attended?

If you answered the conversations you had or relationships you made, then the LOBBY Gathering is for you. It is designed to take the experience you had in the lobby of that conference and create a whole new event around that.

It features keynote speakers, panels, and discussion topics. But the most valuable part of this conference is the discussion time.

1 On 1 help

Connect with leaders and peers to get deep experience and make some great connections.

Build Your Toolset

Learn to recruit leaders, align with leadership and more. You'll be equipped with everything you need to transform your groups.

Lodging & Meals Included

Price includes registration, lodging & most meals. (no lunch will be provided on Wednesday during free time) Lodging is based on double occupancy. Roommates will be assigned.

The lobby is an environment where likeminded small group people can come together and say
"how can we be better together?"

Steve Gladen

Whether you are a beginner or a veteran small group point person, you will have an equal voice in each circle of conversation. You will also get to hear and learn from some of the brightest small group point people from around the world.

Evening sessions (Together Time) feature a time of worship & insight from a keynote speaker or panel on a topic that may not necessarily be on the radar of small group point people, but that will offer transferable principles to make their small group ministry healthier.

Morning sessions (Table Time) feature insight from a keynote speaker or panel on key small group ministry subjects & then provides time for everyone to discuss this subject in further detail around their tables.

Break-out sessions (Topic Time) focus on the hot topics and felt needs relating to small group point people. Each Topic Time leader will do a 15 minute teaching on that topic & then facilitate discussion and Q&A with the group.



3:00-5:30pm Registration
5:30-7:00pm Dinner
7:00-8:30pm Together Time


7:00-9:00am Breakfast / Personal Time
9:00-11:00am Table Time
11:15-12:30pm Topic Time
12:30-5:30pm Free Time / Lunch on your own
5:30-7:00pm Dinner
7:00-8:30pm Together Time


7:00-9:00am Breakfast / Personal Time
9:00-10:30am Topic Time
10:45-12:30pm Table Time

Located In San Juan Capistrano, CA

Saddleback Church Rancho Capistrano

29251 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92630

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Date and time

Tue, Feb 21, 2023, 3:00 PM –
Thu, Feb 23, 2023, 12:30 PM PST

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Daniel Thomas

Connections Director



Daniel serves as Executive Pastor at Community Church of Mountain City, TN.  Daniel and his family are on a mission to establish roots within their community, fight for peace and serve well.  He serves as our Connections Director in laying the groundwork for Circles. He loves great coffee and traveling with his wife Tia and two children, Deklan and Aden



Individual Registration – $209.00

Team of 2 Registration (price per person) – $199.00

Team of 3 or more Registration (price per person) – $189.00

*Registration ends on Nov 8th, 2021. Walk-in registrations are not available.