This session is designed as a comprehensive look at North Coast’s Small Group Ministry, which has over 92% of regular attenders engaged in a small group.

Main Session Description

You will leave this pre-conference session with practical tools and training to help you grow sustainable, healthy groups. This session will address the five common barriers to small group growth and the training is applicable to any small group system. Topics and areas of focus include:

  • Recruiting and training effective leaders
  • Creating and sustaining healthy groups
  • Supporting group leaders
  • Dealing with challenges within groups


  • 7:15am Pre-conference check-in
  • 8:00am Session 1
  • 9:00am Break
  • 9:10am-10am Session 2
  • 10:00-10:10 Break
  • 10:10-11:00am Session 3
  • 11:00am-11:10am Break
  • 11:10am-12:00pm Session 4
  • 12:00pm lunch
  • 1:00pm Sticky Teams Main Conference Begins

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 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 7,000 participants. It is through Dave’s leadership that North Coast remains well-known for maintaining over 90% adult participation in weekly home groups. He has also played an integral role in helping North Coast grow from 700 to now over 11,000 weekend attendees. These experiences have given Dave a wealth of practical know-how in successfully identifying and adapting ministry strategies for growth and breaking through roadblocks. They have also made Dave’s coaching and training of new and veteran ministry leaders around the country relevant and valuable, no matter the size or type of ministry they lead.  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 was also on staff during his early years of ministry at First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton under Chuck Swindoll. 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 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. From 2009 until 2014 he also served as the pastor of Union 2535, our twenty-five to thirty-five year-old singles ministry. Before joining the North Coast staff, Ned served with Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) for 29 years. During that time he was on the design team that developed the small group curriculum and the leader’s handbook used by Cru’s U.S. collegiate ministry. He also served in various leadership positions in Colorado and California, all of which dealt in one way or another with small groups. In his last two years with Cru, he was the National Director of Leadership Development.  He has lived in the Vista area with his wife, Marcia, since 1994. They have three married children and five grandkids.