Like very few others, Steve Gladen is a name in small group ministry that you probably already know. But you may not know about some of what he’s doing. Here’s my best shot at an overview:
As the Pastor of the Small Group Community at Saddleback, Steve’s given leadership to a small group ministry that’s had a remarkable run over the past decade. With over 4500 groups and 28,000 people participating in last fall’s Life’s Healing Choices, this is a huge ministry.
In addition to his work at Saddleback, Steve’s also been the guiding force behind the Small Group Network (formerly the Purpose Driven Small Group Network). The vision in 2006 was to create a network that would support small group point people. Today there are regional huddles across the United States and Canada. Click here to find a huddle in your area.
Looking for training or just a chance to hang out with some other small group point people? Take a look at Saddleback’s Community U series of conferences. Steve speaks at the plenary sessions and there are breakouts offered to meet the needs of several levels of development. There are four remaining 2010 dates in St. Louis, Seattle, Washington-Baltimore, and Miami.
Steve is also the general editor of Small Group Life, an innovative curriculum series in development by Lifeway. It’s the only subscription based curriculum that I know of and offers a 3 year study plan.
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