GroupLife Southwest

Grouplife in the 21st century

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March 27-28, 2017 | Canyon Ridge, Las Vegas, NV

GroupLife Southwest features a powerful lineup of trusted small group ministry experts and leading practitioners

From beginning to end GroupLife Southwest is about grouplife in the 21st century. If you've been paying attention, it is no secret that the culture is rapidly shifting. What worked in the 80s and 90s, when modern small group ministry began, doesn't always translate in 2016. When you simply look around you're probably noticing that the solutions to the problems posed in decades past are often irrelevant...because today's problems are different.

Think about how even the questions might need to be different:

  • How can we connect unconnected people...when even our regular attenders attend once or twice a month?
  • How can we make genuine disciples...when biblical illiteracy is growing steadily?
  • Where can we find enough group leaders...when commitment decreases on a daily basis?
  • Who can join a "couples" group? Do you have to be married? What about same sex couples?

Second Chance


These are the voices

Mindy Caliguire

Founder of Soul Care
Mindy Caliguire is the founder of Soul Care, a spiritual formation ministry that exists to increase “soul health” in the body of Christ. She serves on the senior management team at Gloo (, and prior to that as Director of Transformation Ministry for the Willow Creek Association (WCA). Her books include STIR: Spiritual Transformation in Relationships, Become Like Jesus, Discovering Soul Care, Spiritual Friendship, Soul Searching and Simplicity, as well as Write for Your Soul: The Whys and Hows of Journaling.

Tim Cooper

Leader of the Training and Resources team for North Point Ministries
Tim Cooper has a passion for meeting unchurched people where they are and helping them find a growing relationship with Jesus. For six years, Tim was the Director of Starting Point at North Point Community Church, where he helped create environments for dynamic conversations about life and faith. Tim currently leads the Leader Training and Resources team for North Point Ministries, where he works to develop and equip volunteer Community Group leaders so they can encourage others toward life-change. He is also the NPM Director of Starting Point, contributing to the direction of that ministry across all six of North Point’s Atlanta-area churches as well as churches all over the world. Tim lives in Atlanta with his wife, Suzanne, and their four young children.

Todd Engstrom

Executive Pastor of Ministries at The Austin Stone Community Church
Dr. Todd Engstrom is the Executive Pastor of Ministries at The Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas. Additionally, he directs the efforts of The Austin Stone in church planting – training, resourcing and deploying church leaders to glorify God wherever they are. Finally, he regularly speaks, writes and consults with churches on the topics of missional communities and organizational leadership. At home, he is husband to Olivia, father to five kids, and a missionary in his neighborhood.

Dave Enns

Lead pastor of Small Groups Ministry, North Coast Church
Dave has been on staff at North Coast Church (the Sticky Church) since 1990 and is the lead pastor of their Small Groups Ministry. He oversees a team of 25 staff, 1,400 lay leaders and over 6,000 who attend their home groups. Under Dave’s leadership, North Coast remains well-known for maintaining over 80% 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 him a wealth of practical knowledge in successfully identifying and adapting ministry strategies for growth and breaking through roadblocks. They have also made Dave’s coaching and training relevant and valuable for small group leaders and veteran ministry leaders around the country, no matter the size or type of ministry.

Mike Foster

Founder of People of the Second Chance
Mike Foster is the Founder of People of the Second Chance. He is an author, speaker and pastor to not-so-perfect people. Mike has appeared on Good Morning America, FOXNews and The Daily Show. He lives in San Diego with his wife, two children, and a very high-maintenance Pomeranian dog.

Hugh Halter

Hugh Halter is the U.S. Director of Forge
Hugh Halter is the U.S. Director of Forge, a missions training network that equips people to live as missionaries where they already do life. Hugh has planted two churches and has been a leading voice in the missional movement. He has authored The Tangible Kingdom and accompanying TK Primer, FLESH, and Happy Hour, all of which were created to help small groups become true missional communities who know how to engage the complex culture around us.

Mark Howell

Pastor of Communities, Canyon Ridge Christian Church, Founder
Mark Howell is the Pastor of  Communities at Canyon Ridge Christian Church in Las Vegas, Nevada.  He’s also the founder of, offering consulting and coaching services that help churches across North America launch, build and sustain healthy small group ministries.

Boyd Pelley

Co-founder and CEO of
Boyd Pelley is the co-founder and CEO of Churchteams. He spent 18 years as a discipleship pastor, church administrator and family pastor, the last 8 developing Churchteams. In 2008 he began focusing full time on leading the company to build on their small group roots to become a full-featured ChMS. Married to Pam since 1986, they have two children, both are married and love Jesus.

Chris Surratt

Discipleship and Small Group Specialist for LifeWay Christian Resources
Chris Surratt is a ministry consultant and coach with over twenty-three years of experience serving the local church. Chris served on the Executive Teams at Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and Seacoast Church in Charleston, South Carolina. He is also the Discipleship and Small Group Specialist for LifeWay Christian Resources. Chris’s first book, Small Groups For The Rest Of Us: How to Design Your Small Groups System to Reach the Fringes, was recently published by Thomas Nelson.

Allen White

President of Allen White Consulting
Allen White is the author of Exponential Groups: Unleashing Your Church’s Potential and coaches churches across North America

Bill Willits

Executive Director of Ministry Environments for North Point Ministries (NPM)
Bill Willits is the Executive Director of Ministry Environments for North Point Ministries (NPM). NPM is the parent organization of six Atlanta churches (including North Point Community Church) as well as twenty-three strategic partner churches around the world. One of the founding staff members of North Point, Bill is a graduate of Florida State University and Dallas Theological Seminary. He is also the co-author of the book, Creating Community with Andy Stanley. His passion for community along with his amazing team has helped them connect just over 80,000 children, students and adults into the benefits of group life. His most important small group consists of his wife Terry, and their sixteen-year old daughter Bailey.

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