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Saddleback Church

Steve has been Pastor of Small Groups at Saddleback Church since February 1998 and serves as an Elder of the church. He oversees the strategic launch and spiritual development of over 7,000 adult small groups on multiple campuses. He has authored Small Groups With Purpose, which has been translated into 13 languages to date, Leading Small Groups With Purpose and Planning Small Groups With Purpose.

He has a driving passion to see each church attendee connected to a qualified leader and become an integral part of their church body, living purposefully for Christ. He frequently speaks at conferences and consults with church leaders from many denominations both in the United States and around the world. 

Prior to joining Saddleback, Steve has been on four other church staffs of varying sizes. He earned a Masters of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1985, and a B.A. in Biblical Studies, with minors in Greek and Philosophy in 1982, from Evangel University. Steve and Lisa have been married since 1989 and have two children, Erika and Ethan.

In this conference you will learn how to align your small group ministry to your church’s vision and mission. You will learn the basics of why small groups matter, what systems are needed, how to design a strategy, what is needed in your small group ministry structure and what your next steps for success will be. 



Date: Saturday October 23rd General conference (22nd 7pm for Pastors only)

Location: Grace to the Nations 6180 E. Pima St, Tucson, AZ, 85712

Time: 9:00am to 4:30pm


Price includes registration, a boxed lunch, Steve Gladen’s workbook “Small Groups with Purpose.”



Registrants cover their personal travel expenses to and from the event, lodging & all other meals.



No refunds will be granted at this time.



8:30am — 9am Registration

9am — 4:30pm Conference



For questions contact: Christy Punnoose,

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