I visited Saddleback Church a number of years ago and felt overwhelmed, not just by the enormity of the place and the number of people, but also by the quality of everything they did. I was greeted in the parking lot by warm, friendly, Hawaiian-shirt clad folks in the parking lot and along the sidewalks leading up to the building. Once inside, I found it easy to find my way and find out more about the church. It was impossible to miss the fact that small groups were a major part of this church’s life. I saw it at a kiosk set up outside the building and in the foyer, and heard it several times in the service, especially from Rick Warren.That day I just happened to run into Brett Eastman, and spent some time talking about small groups and ministry.
I’ve followed Saddleback and their small group story for many years and have learned a lot from them. I’m currently part of the PurposeDriven Small Group Network, a great place to build relationships with other small groups point people and share ideas. Today, one of Saddleback’s area small groups pastors shares his thoughts on Small Group Vital Signs: