Monday, March 27, 2017

Late Registration

8:30 AM — 10:00 AM

Main Session One

10:00 AM — 11:30 AM


11:30 AM — 1:00 PM

Breakout #1

1:00 PM — 2:15 PM

Developing a Small Group Strategy – Bill Willits

Why do you create a groups ministry? It’s an important question to consider. Whatever your reasons, they influence several key principles for developing a groups strategy. In this breakout, we’ll show you how to leverage those principles regardless of the size or specifics of your groups ministry.

The Rhythms of Missional Communities – Todd Engstrom

In this breakout, we will cover the different ways small groups of people can gather to effectively be disciples in community on mission.

Small Groups for The Rest Of Us – Chris Surratt

How to design your small groups system to reach the fringes with biblical community

Building An Effective Small Group Ministry Game Plan That Works – Dave Enns

Small Groups are vital to building authentic and growing relationships in any size church. But without a successful strategy the effectiveness and longevity of the groups is sure to be limited along with potential to grow. Dave will take you though some common barriers that limit the potential of small groups ministries and help you create an effective Game Plan for overcoming those barriers.

How to Build an Effective Small Group Coaching Structure – Mark Howell

Struggling to find the right people to coach small group leaders? You can do it and Mark can show you how.


2:15 PM — 2:45 p.m.

Breakout #2

2:45 PM — 4:00 PM

The Three Essentials Of Any Groups Ministry – Chris Surratt

No matter the shape or size of your groups ministry, there are three essentials that must be in place in order to have biblical community inside your ministry.

Live the Rebellion – Mindy Caliguire

Leading your own life from a place of overflow is possible! But it usually requires the mindset of a rebel to get there. In this breakout, you’ll learn some practical ways to increasingly live and lead from the unforced rhythms of grace (Matthew 11:28-30, MSG).

Turning Consumers into Missionaries – Hugh Halter

America is now a pure mission field. What worked in the past will NOT work anymore. New Methods, New Models, or More of the same will continue to fall short.  What The church needs are Missionaries? People that know how to re-organize their lives around the mission of God. People that know how to engage the lost culture around them. People who know how to lead friends on mission in neighborhoods,  instead of just leading a small group. In this session Hugh Halter will show you the doable changes every small group can do immediately that will make all the difference.

How to Maximize a Church-Wide Campaign – Mark Howell

The best way to connect the largest number of unconnected people is with a church-wide campaign (think 40 Days of Purpose). Learn the ins and outs of how Canyon Ridge (and many other churches) have leveraged an annual church-wide campaign.


4:00 PM — 4:30 PM

Breakout #3

4:30 PM — 5:45 PM

Developing a Spiritual Growth Strategy – Bill Willits

We all want to be part of ministries that are facilitating authentic growth for adult attendees. To do that, we need strategies that are easily transferable so they can be passed along to staff, group leaders, and group members. That kind of strategy requires clarity around four key questions. Join us as we unpack those questions and provide you with a filter to think through your own growth strategy.

Transitioning to a Missional Community Strategy – Todd Engstrom

In this breakout, we will discuss how to transition groups and churches towards a missional community strategy.

Cause a STIR – Mindy Caliguire

Different stages of spiritual development warrant different styles of leadership–it’s not “one size fit’s all” if you really want your leaders to help people go the distance. In this breakout, you’ll learn a framework for thinking about spiritual transformation in the context of relationships, and some specific ways to develop your leaders to be more effective in each stage.

The Ministry of Reconciliation Rebooted – Hugh Halter

In a world of extreme loneliness,factions, political, social & racial discord, Christian Community in the truest sense is the way to bring people together & bring them to God. In this session Hugh is going to unpack what small groups can do to naturally make every house a Pub (public house), and every table a redemptive party. Happy Hour can now be the most sacred hour.

Empowering Your Small Group Leaders to Facilitate Life Change – Dave Enns

What does it take to equip and train small group leaders to facilitate spiritual growth?  The answer to this is twofold – how we train our leaders and how we measure spiritual growth.  Sound complicated? Actually, it’s much simpler than we often think.  In this breakout Dave will share time tested principles based on training thousands of small groups leaders.

After Hours Breakout

7:00 to 8:15 PM

How to Lead a Small Group Connection – Mark Howell

If you’ve ever wanted to see how a small group connection works, this is your chance. Join Mark (and team) for a step-by-step walk-through of the strategy that has connected thousands at Canyon Ridge (and many other churches).


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Breakout #4

9:00 AM — 10:15 AM


10:15 AM — 10:45 AM

Breakout #5

10:45 AM — 12:00 PM


12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Main Session Two

1:30 PM — 3:00 PM