Sermon-based small groups are the hub of ministry at North Coast Church.  Take a behind the scenes look at what keeps our small groups ministry thriving at this two day workshop.

North Coast Church pioneered the Sermon-Based Small Groups model and currently has over 90% of regular attenders involved in a small group.  At this customized consulting session, you’ll have an behind the scenes look at our successes and failures over 20 years of navigating Small Groups.  Your team will walk away with the practical knowledge and tools needed to increase your small group participation and grow your church.  Content is presented by North Coast Senior Pastor Larry Osborne, and our team of seasoned Small Groups Pastors.  This workshop is perfect for ministries of any size looking to switch to a sermon-based model, or simply revitalize and grow their groups.

Team Requirement

In order to be truly effective, we ask that each team attending this consulting session bring at least 4 people, including your Senior Pastor.  We have found that processing this content together and collaborating as a team will exponentially multiply its effectiveness.

What to Expect

  • Day 1: Get a 30,000 foot view of ministry from Larry Osborne, plus have lunch at his house.
  • Day 2: Hear from our front line practitioners on the nuts-and-bolts of what it takes to be successful, plus attend North Coast’s weekly Sermon Prep meeting for a behind the scenes look at the sermon-based model.
  • Optional: Arrive early (Saturday or Sunday) and visit North Coast campuses and venues as a team. Seeing North Coast’s weekend services in action will provide valuable context for your team.
  • Customized content and small group size. This workshop is limited to a maximum of three church teams, which allows you to interact with presenters and get answers to your most pressing questions.

Larry Osborne

Senior Pastor, North Coast Church

Larry Osborne has served as a Senior Pastor at North Coast Church in Vista, California since 1980. The church has grown from 128 to over 13,000 in weekend attendance over 6 campuses, and has been honored as one of the ten most influential churches in America for its pioneering efforts in the multi-site movement, sermon-based small groups, and its creative approach to shared leadership. Larry’s books include Lead Like a Shepherd, Thriving in Babylon, Accidental Pharisees, Sticky Leaders, Sticky Teams, Sticky Church, Ten Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe, Contrarian’s Guide to Knowing God, Mission Creep, and The Unity Factor.

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 Small Groups. His passion is 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 7,000 participants. It is through Dave’s leadership that North Coast maintains 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 Groups Pastor, North Coast Church

Ned has been leading small groups for more than 35 years. 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. 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 grandkids.


Cost is $1750 per team of 4.  Additional attendees are $350 each.




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


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