Next Level Workshop: Small Groups

This workshop is applicable to any small group model you may be using and will address the five common barriers to help your small group ministry grow. At the workshop you will create an implementable game plan to help you effectively recruit, train, and retain within your unique ministry content.

Bonus Session: Come early on Tuesday and attend North Coast’s sermon prep meeting at 9am.  You’ll see first hand how our teaching pastors prepare their messages by getting feedback and doing research before they preach. Our Small Group pastors also use this meeting to create the small group homework for the upcoming week, so don’t miss out on this behind the scenes look at North Coast small group ministry.

NOTE: This workshop is designed specifically for Pastors of Small Groups. If this isn’t you, please pass this on to the appropriate person at your church.

Workshop Specifics:

  • Content presented by North Coast Pastors, Dave Enns & Ned Mervich
  • Implementable game plan to achieve Next Level results in your small group ministry
  • Lunch on Tuesday is included

Dave Enns

Pastor of Life Groups, North Coast Church

Dave has been on staff at North Coast Church since 1990 and is the lead pastor of Life Groups. His passion since youth has been to create an environment for people to connect and experience life to the fullest. Dave oversees a team of 21 staff, 900 lay leaders and over 8,000 participants. It is through Dave’s leadership that North Coast remains well-known for maintaining over 90% adult participation in weekly home groups.  Dave has a Bachelors Degree in Christian Education from Biola University, a Masters of Divinity from Bethel Theological Seminary, and has served as an adjunct professor at Biola University.  Dave and his wife have been married for 20 years and have three teenage children.

Ned Mervich

Life Group Pastor

Ned has been leading small groups for more than 35 years since he began leading a group during his sophomore year of college. He has been one of the Life Group Pastors at North Coast since 2005 and during that time he has recruited more than 200 small group leaders and he currently oversees 80 small groups. Ned’s other roles at North Coast include serving as the pastor for our Soul Gospel venue on the weekends and helping with the leadership development of North Coast staff. Before joining the North Coast staff, Ned served with Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) for 29 years. He has lived in the Vista area with his wife, Marcia, since 1994. They have three married children and five grand kids.


9:00AM -10:00AM | Optional – Attend Sermon Prep Meeting
12:00PM | Welcome and Lunch
12:30PM – 5:00PM | Session


8:45AM | Breakfast and Welcome
9:00AM-12:30PM | Session

Travel Information


Airport Information
We recommend flying in to the San Diego Airport (code: SAN).  The airport is approximately 45 minutes from North Coast Church’s Vista Campus.  The Orange County Airport (SNA) is also an option at approx. 60 minutes from North Coast’s Vista Campus.

Rental Car
San Diego is very spread out and the closest hotel is about 10 minutes away, so we do recommend you rent a car for transportation.

Recommended Hotels
We recommend two hotels in the Carlsbad area:

The Sheraton Carlsbad: Located approximately 20 minutes from North Coast, The Sheraton Carlsbad offers easy access to shopping, dining, the ocean, and the freeway.  For reservations with our exclusive rate, call 760-827-2400, or email [email protected]

The Grand Pacific Palisades: Located approximately 20 minutes from North Coast, The Grand Pacific Palisades Resort offers guest rooms and 1 or 2 bedroom condos.  Amenities include easy access to dining, the freeway, and ocean views throughout.  For reservations, call 1-800-725-4723, or email [email protected]

North Coast Church
2405 North Santa Fe Avenue, Vista, CA 92084

For all questions, contact [email protected] or 760-724-6700.