Welcome To The LOBBY Gathering

We're so glad you're here!

To get the most out of your time here, there are 2 things to do: 

Get Ready For More

Make sure to use each meal and Table Topic as an opportunity to meet and spend time with new friends. We can’t wait to introduce you to the best people in ministry!


3-5:30pm – Registration

5:30-6:30pm – Dinner

6:30-7pm – Freshen Up

7-8:30pm – TOGETHER TIME: Carolyn Taketa

8:30-bedtime Firepits/Free time


7-8am – Breakfast/personal devos

8-8:30am – Freshen Up

8:30-9am – Intro Conversations

9-10:30am – Table Topic #1

10:30-11am – Break

11-12:30pm – Table Topic #2

12:30-6pm break (off campus)

6-7pm Dinner (back on campus)

7-8:00pm – TOGETHER TIME: Ed Stetzer – Post COVID Small Group Trends

8-8:30pm – TOGETHER TIME Cont.: Audience Q&A Panel Discussion: Dave Alford of Saddleback Church and Dave Enns of North Coast Church

8:30-bedtime – Firepits/Free time


7-8am Breakfast

8:30-9am – Ice breakers

9-10:30am – Table Topic #3

10:30-11:30am – Takeaways

11:30-12pm – Final Announcements

Table Topics

Wed 9:00-10:30am

Marlo Blandford & Gift Koomprapun – How We Built a Team of 30 Caring Volunteers to Support and Empower Your Small Group Leaders in Just 6 Months – The Chapel

Marc Clayton & Bob Pittenger – Next Level Sermon Series Questions – Dining Room

Julie Chung & Mark Grunden – Helping your groups integrate their faith at work. – Hacienda Gathering Room

Scott Hoerner & Natalie Lambresi: Young adults to seniors – getting single adults engaged in your church – The Library

Tommy Carreras Making Space for Deconstruction – Hacienda Classroom

Wed 11:00-12:30pm

Marlo Blandford & Gift Koomprapun They talk too much! They won’t talk at all! How to generate healthy small group discussions for all personalities – Hacienda Classroom

Lisa Birle & Sam Yoon – How to Engage and Empower your Leaders for Lasting Ministry – Dining Room

Chris Geddis & Jordanna Sadri: Coaching leaders through crisis: leveraging small groups to care for the people in your church – The Chapel 

Nick Holst & Adam Workman: What New Leader’s Need to Know and Do – The Library

Charissa Rikimaru & Bradley Soendlin – Online Groups: how we do them, how to start & encourage people to come, and how to engage people beyond just a bible study. – Hacienda Gathering Room

Thurs 9:00-10:30am

James Browning The GROUP Method: The Bible study method designed for small groups – Hacienda Classroom

Philip Byers: Moving from Crowd to Community: Getting People Connected in a Group – The Library

Tommy Carreras – Stop Providing Groups and Start Training Friends – Dining Room

JT Black: How to lead groups better when you have other roles at your church or even another job – The Chapel 

Jon Laster – How to build strong men’s and women’s groups. – Hacienda Gathering Room

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Area Info

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Save The Date

February 20-22, 2024

This year’s LOBBY attendees get a 20% off discount valid through March 15th. Just use the code: lobby23

1. Pick a plan! Join the network at the level that meets your needs. From free and fun to ALL ACCESS for you and everyone at your church.

2. Find a Circle near you! Join a group for group people and impact your city with a few good friends.


3. Check out the Lumivoz Podcast Network! Lumivoz has several audio group studies completely free with more coming soon!

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.