Small Group Q&A: Adam Workman of Sandals Church

Do you need some encouragement, fresh strategies and practical advice as a small group ministry leader? If your answer is “Yes,” then you’ve come to the right place!

Adam Workman is the Discipleship Pastor at Sandals church in Riverside CA as well as the Small Group Network regional leader for Southern California/ Hawaii region!
In this month’s video interview, host Derek Olson asks Adam the following questions and more in this exclusive interview…

  • How long have you been serving in discipleship/ small group ministry and what do you love about it?
  • What small group model do you employ at your church, what do you like about it & how does it work in a nutshell?
  • What is one of the biggest challenges that you face in small group ministry and how do you address it?
  • When it comes to coaching & training small group leaders or hosts, what is one piece of practical advice you would offer?
  • When it comes to actually leading/ hosting a small group, what is your #1 piece of advice for small group leaders?
  • When it comes to serving your lead pastor, what advice would you give to fellow small group ministry leaders regarding casting small group vision to him?
  • What is one or more books on leadership or small groups that you have read recently or are reading that you would recommend to our audience?
  • As a member of the SGN as well as a regional leader, how has the SGN been a help to you with your small group ministry & what would you say to anyone watching who is not part of the SGN?

Youth Ministry University: Interview with Kevin Moore


Kevin Moore is a Church Planter & the Lead Pastor of “The Church @ Visalia” in California. A former veteran Youth Pastor, Kevin possess a wealth of wisdom & experience regarding all things youth ministry & coaches & equips youth pastors around the nation via “Youth Ministry University.” In this insightful interview Kevin hits on the following topics…

  • Why every Youth Pastor & Youth Leader should enroll in “Youth Ministry University!
  • “You are not God’s gift to youth ministry, youth ministry is God’s gift to you!”
  • “Relationships trump everything” when it comes to youth ministry & how to build them!
  • “Don’t forget your core” students & how to connect with them!
  • “Parents are not your enemy, they are your friends” & how to build bridges with them!
  • “Bigger Isn’t better, better is better” & how to build a healthy youth ministry!

This is a must-watch interview for all Youth Pastors & Leaders!

For all things youth ministry & leadership, follow Kevin on twitter @growmooretv

9 Keys to Creating a Culture that Values Vision


According to a survey of leadership readers, communicating vision is one of the most frustrating parts of leading a local church. One response to the open-ended question, “What is the greatest single problem you face in training your lay leaders?” was, “Teaching Christians the vision of a Christ-like life.”

One fact is true: Leaders who effectively communicate goals to their followers achieve far beyond those who don’t! Here are 9 keys to create a culture that values of vision!

1. VALUABLE VISION Starts from Within

  • If you want to know the temperature of your church, put a thermometer in your mouth.
  • You can never take people farther than you have been yourself – Rick Warren

2. VALUABLE VISION Builds on the Past

  • It builds on the leader’s past and on the people’s past. The most effective vision draws upon enduring themes to make us feel more confident about stepping out in new directions.

3. VALUABLE VISION Speaks to the People’s Needs

  • When you deal with people’s basic needs, you are always needed.

4. VALUABLE VISION Challenges People to Act

  • “The first thing you do is teach the person to feel that the vision is very important and nearly impossible. This draws out the drive in winners.” – Edwin Land (Founder of Polaroid)

5. VALUABLE VISION Solves Problems

  • Problems are unsolved, not because they are so big, but because our visions is so small. Obstacles are the thing you see when you take your eye off the goal.

6. VALUABLE VISION Provides Guidance

  • Direction for an organization cannot be given in rules & regulations, policy manuals and organizational charts.

7. VALUABLE VISION Attracts Winners

  • Winners stretch to the vision, but winers shrink to the vision.
  • Do big things – attract big people. Do little things – attract little people and in turn attract big problems.

8. VALUABLE VISION Unites People

  • There are divisions and differences among people in any community. However, people will come together when the vision to unite is greater than the decision to go their own way. Vision is the vehicle on which change rides.


  • Only he who sees the invisible can do the impossible.
  • “Every great work and every great person, came under the influence of a vision that changed them and therefore changed others.” – Leadership magazine, Winter 1983

MarkyMark Zweifel holds a Master of Divinity, is the former Student Ministries Director of the Alaska Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God and is the Lead Pastor of Fairbanks First Assembly

For inspiration regarding all things leadership & ministry, follow Mark on twitter at markzweifel

Top 7 Vertical Leader Interviews of 2015


Get equipped & inspired by watching our top 7 leadership interviews of 2015! All of these leaders are what we call “Vertical Leaders.” Leaders who dream big, never settle, take risks, continue learning, serve humbly, lead boldly, love passionately, live with integrity & desire to change a generation!

(In alphabetical order)

Andrew Mason

Andrew Mason is the Small Groups Pastor at Real Life Church in Sacramento & the founder of where he coaches, equips & resources pastors, leaders & churches around the nation regarding all things small groups! Possessing a wealth of knowledge, Andrew touches on several small group topics!

Growing Big Through Small Groups: Andrew Mason on Relationally Reaching the Postmodern Culture

Cole Zick

Serving as Student Ministries Director at Capitol Christian Center in Sacramento, as well as founder of My City Conference, Cole Zick is a leading voice of awakening to this generation!

My City 2015: Cole Zick on How Unity Sparks Revival

Dean Deguara

Serving as Director of Leadership Development at Jesus Culture in Sacramento, as well as founder of the leadership blog “,” Dean possesses a wealth of wisdom & experience regarding all things faith, ministry & leadership! Check out my interview with him below!

“Dean Deguara” on Learning to Unlearn & Embracing the Unknown

Eddie De La Rosa

Eddie is the Assemblies of God Northern California & Nevada Student Ministries Director in Sacramento where he coaches, equips & resources youth pastors & emerging leaders regarding all things student ministry!

Fearless Faith: Eddie De La Rosa on Family, Youth Ministry & Leading like Jesus

Jarrod McEachron

Serving as Student Ministries Director at Harvest Church in Elk Grove California, Jarrod McEachron is a dynamic leader who possesses a wealth of wisdom regarding youth ministry & is a leading voice of awakening to this generation!

Spitting Out the Pacifier & the Ingredients Needed to Spark Awakening

Terry Parkman

Terry Parkman is a leading voice of awakening to the emerging generation & serves as the Lead Youth Pastor of River Valley Church in Minneapolis, MN where he oversees youth ministry across seven different campuses! In this interview, Terry shares a wealth of valuable wisdom on how to effectively engage the emerging generation with the gospel!

Engaging the Emerging Generation: “Terry Parkman” on Sexuality, Influence & the Missional Call

Tyler Sollie

The former District Youth Director of the Northwest Ministry Network, Tyler Sollie now serves as the Lead Pastor of Life Center Baker in Tacoma, WA. A leader of leaders, Tyler shares a wealth of valuable wisdom on topics ranging from the power of identity, navigating through transition, honoring authority & all things leadership!

BE YOU! Tyler Sollie on Identity, Transition, Honor & Leadership




Are you a new small group leader or host? Has your new group already launched and started rolling? Hopefully by now your group has gathered a few times, experienced genuine community and everyone is excited for the future! However, when it comes to leading a small group, there is something important you must know: Many start fast, few finish strong. In the end, your small group’s success will rise or fall on your leadership! It does not necessarily matter how big your group starts or how great your curriculum may be, what matters most is that you are breathing life into your small group and not suffocating the life out of it by doing the following…