The Nuts & Bolts of Sermon-Based Curriculum for Small Groups [Podcast]

[podcast src=”” height=”26″ width=”100%” placement=”top” theme=”mini”]“What will our groups study?” This is a common question in groups ministry and one
that is critically important in shaping the dynamics and discipleship process of a
group. The sermon based model has been increasingly popular over the past decade
and can be a valuable tool to helping groups get into Scripture with one another
in practical, life-changing ways. In this conversation with Dave Ennes, we unpack
the what, why, and how of the sermon-based model.

Screen Shot 2017-06-20 at 9.56.37 PMDave has been on staff at North Coast Church (the Sticky Church) since 1990 and is the lead pastor of their Small Groups Ministry. He oversees a team of 25 staff, 1,500 lay leaders and over 7,000 who attend their home groups. Under Dave’s leadership, North Coast remains well-known for maintaining over 80% adult participation in weekly home groups. He has also played an integral role in
helping North Coast grow from 700 to now over 12,000 weekend attendees. Given Dave’s decades of experience, his coaching and training has been valuable for
small group leaders and veteran ministry leaders around the country, no matter the
size or type of ministry. Host Carolyn Taketa asks Dave the following questions and more in this exclusive interview!

  • What are the basic aspects of the sermon based small group model?
  • What are the advantages of using sermon based curriculums for small groups?
  • What are the challenges of the sermon based model?

Just click the play button at the top of this post to enjoy this insightful discussion! To subscribe to our Group Talk Podcast, click HERE


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  • Derek Olson

    Derek loves espresso, the outdoors and is passionate about building biblical community! He has been active in small group ministry since 2004 & is honored to serve as Pastor of Small Group Network Development at Saddleback Church.

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