Why You Should Consider Sermon-Based Small Groups

Why You Should Consider Sermon-Based Small Groups

Building on the Sunday message to create community and foster spiritual health

Dave Enns has a big heart for people and deep desire to see them transformed by biblically functioning community. Dave is the Pastor of Life Groups and Adult Ministries at North Coast Church, a multi-site church in Southern California, where he has served for over 30 years. North Coast is a cutting-edge, influential church that has been a pioneer in both the multi-site and small groups movements. Dave has a proven track record as a wise and consistent pastor leader. North Coast is also a pioneer in connecting small group curriculum with the weekend sermon.

Dave, you’ve been at North Coast Church in Southern California for over 30 years. While many will know the name Larry Osborne, who led the church for many years, they may not know much about some of the features of your church. Share some snapshots of the ministry.

A lot has happened over the years! When I joined the team, we were about 700 people meeting in a Seventh Day Adventist church building. Now, we’re on seven campuses with about 13,000 attending pre-COVID. We’ve worked at keeping it simple through all the growth. Here are three of our key focuses of ministry.

Probably what we’re best known for and one of our major measurements of spiritual health is having a high percentage of adults connected in our groups. One of the primary needs every person has when they walk through the doors of any church is to be connected in relationship—with God and others. That’s why we do all we can to not only teach the Word but also to get our people connected in relationship. We don’t see community as secondary to Bible study; the two are designed to go hand in hand. There is incredible power in Christ-centered community (Hebrews 10:24-25; ...

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