Top 10 Highlights of 2019

2019 was an incredible year for the Small Group Network! Enjoy this annual ministry report & get a sneak peek at some exciting things coming in 2020. Please scroll to the bottom of the page for more detailed information regarding each number listed in the info-graphic.

#1) The SGN connected with, encouraged &/or equipped small group point people in 104 different countries! To see the countries we ministered in, click HERE. If you do not see your country represented, please resister your free account HERE and your country will make the list next year!

#2) In 2019 we added 2 new Accelerate trainers, 6 new communications team members, 8 new global directors, 10 new regional or country leaders, 38 new “Communities of Purpose” leaders & 39 new “Huddle” leaders for a total leadership team made up of 355 current leaders! To learn how you can impact lives by using your gifts to serve on one of our dynamic teams, please find the desired team below & email the leader:

#3) In 2019 we’ve seen over 147,280 all-time podcast downloads to date! Join the thousands of other small group point people who have subscribed to our “Group Talk” podcast which you can find on iHeart Radio, Spotify, Google Play, Apple’s podcast app or here on our podcast page featuring this month’s episode: 7 Ways The SGN Can Supplement Your Small Group Ministry

#4) In 2019 alone we’ve seen over 76,000 total article views! Our amazing team of authors all serve as small group point people in their local churches & write some of the most insightful content available for Small Group Point People! Enjoy their writing HERE.

#5) We launched 39 new “Huddles” in 2019 for a total of 265 total Huddles to date! The purpose of Huddles is to gather small group point people together a few times per year to connect personally, build relationships, find support & to share ideas & resources! Is your country or city represented on our huddle map? If not, start a Huddle in your region clicking HERE.   

#6) In 2019 we either hosted or ministered at 15 different conferences around the world: 10 in the U.S., 3 in Africa, 1 in Canada & 1 in Indonesia. We currently have 6 training events planned for 2020 & more on the way! Grow as a leader, equip your team & accelerate the health & growth of your small group ministry by attending one of our specialized training events. For more info or to register, click HERE. To bring an an event to your church, & to bless your region, contact our events director at

#7) We launched 38 C.O.P. this year for a grand total of 52 to-date! C.O.P. are taken from Steve Gladen’s latest book “Planning Small Groups with Purpose.” Small group point people who have attended an “Accelerate!” small group workshop can join or start a C.O.P. which is a peer-to-peer learning group that gathers virtually each month to share ideas and for accountability in executing their small group ministry planner taken from the book or the workshop. C.O.P. members can also access our exclusive forum to watch behind the scenes videos of Steve walking them through each chapter of his book, ask questions, discuss & share their learnings with others! For more info on C.O.P., check out our page HERE.

#8) In 2019 we have seen a total of 14,050 members to-date register on our website! Visit and register as a member to enjoy a variety of insightful small group ministry resources that have been created by fellow small group point people for you. From articles to videos to curriculum ideas – almost everything you need is here. Also, register to receive $100 off an upcoming training event.

#9) Join the other 21,000 subscribers and subscribe to our newsletter! Just Visit our website homepage and look for the “subscribe” button to start receiving dynamic small group ministry resources that are delivered directly into your inbox each month!

#10) Follow and connect with us on the following platforms!

Twitter – 4,763 followers
Facebook Group – 4,357 members
Facebook Page – 1,857 followers
LinkedIn – 863 followers
Instagram – 854 followers
Youtube – 314 followers
Pinterest – 148 followers

2020 Sneak Peak

We are excited to announce that coming in 2020 we will be launching two separate training tracks – one for small group point people and one for small group leaders. Each training track will commence with an online learning course that students can purchase and access from our website. For more info regarding these training tracks, click HERE

In 2020 we will be expanding our Group Talk Podcast to feature a new episode each week! Group Talk will release two unique segments each month – one hosted by Carolyn Taketa that features a variety of unique guests and one segment featuring our Founder Steve Gladen who will equip listeners on a variety of small group ministry topics! Find Group Talk on iHeart radio, Spotify, Google Play, Apple’s podcast app or on our podcast page HERE

Partner with Us in Making a Global Kingdom Impact

“Small Groups are vital to a healthy church. The Small Group Network has added a huge benefit to our church because the connections & resources have taken our small group point people further than we could have on our own. We love partnering with the SGN because we know it’s aiding churches across the world.” – Chris High (Lead Pastor of Hoboken Grace Church)

The Small Group Network is only able to do what we do because of the generous support from other churches like yours. As you have seen from the highlights above, the SGN is making a global impact for the kingdom of God. As you begin to wrap-up 2019, please pray about the possibility of giving to the SGN through your missions budget – no gift is too small. If you wish to support the men and women who are on the front lines of small group ministry across the globe, click HERE

Steve Gladen
(Founder of the Small Group Network) 


  • 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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