9 episodes

We focus on moving from Here, wherever you are as an individual in your personal life, leadership, or church ministry, to There, the preferred future that God has for us.

Each monthly episode features a conversation with someone in small groups ministry, authors, thought leaders, and pastors. We discuss topics that can be helpful, informative, or even powerful for you the listener.

A monthly podcast by Carolyn Taketa. Here To There releases on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Carolyn Taketa serves as the Executive Director of Small Groups at Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village, California, where she has been on staff since 2005. She oversees all aspects of the small-group ministry, participates in Calvary's senior leadership team, and contributes to planning weekend services. Prior to vocational ministry, Carolyn was a litigation attorney (University of California, Berkeley School of Law).

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    • Religion & Spirituality
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We focus on moving from Here, wherever you are as an individual in your personal life, leadership, or church ministry, to There, the preferred future that God has for us.

Each monthly episode features a conversation with someone in small groups ministry, authors, thought leaders, and pastors. We discuss topics that can be helpful, informative, or even powerful for you the listener.

A monthly podcast by Carolyn Taketa. Here To There releases on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Carolyn Taketa serves as the Executive Director of Small Groups at Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village, California, where she has been on staff since 2005. She oversees all aspects of the small-group ministry, participates in Calvary's senior leadership team, and contributes to planning weekend services. Prior to vocational ministry, Carolyn was a litigation attorney (University of California, Berkeley School of Law).

    Biblical Engagement in Groups w/ Dr. Roberta Hestenes

    Biblical Engagement in Groups w/ Dr. Roberta Hestenes

    Most small group ministry leaders would agree that Bible study is a significant part of a small group. Yet, do our groups engage meaningfully with Scripture or are they just bouncing off verses during meetings?

    How well do we train our group leaders on working through a passage of the Bible and helping members interpret and understand God's Word for themselves?
    What can we do to increase our engagement with God's Word in groups? 
    Rev. Dr. Roberta Hestenes: As a pastor, Fuller seminary professor, Christian college president, international speaker, senior pastor and author, Rev. Dr. Roberta Hestenes has been a pioneering leader in Christian ministry 50+ years. She is the author of numerous books and publications including “Using the Bible in Groups” and a Bible commentary on 2 Corinthians and Galatians.  She has lectured at more than 60 universities and seminaries and has received 8 honorary doctoral degrees. During her 15+ years on the theology faculty at Fuller Seminary, she initiated courses on small groups, women in ministry, and how to teach the Bible. She is an an ordained Presbyterian minister who currently serves as a teaching pastor at Bayside Granite Bay Church, near Sacramento.

    • 35 min
    How to Give and Receive Feedback Well

    How to Give and Receive Feedback Well

    Guest:  Dr. Bill Donahue 

    Dr. Bill Donahue, Ph.D., focuses his work on building transformational leaders, groups and teams. He is a conference speaker, author and strategic voice in areas of leadership development, community-building, and strategic vision. Bill’s work blends his corporate and church experience as he serves clients in both arenas. After 18 years at Willow Creek – at the church and the Association – Bill joined the faculty of Trinity International University and leads the Doctor of Ministry Program there, training over 100 church leaders and pastors. Bill has published or co-authored over a dozen books and training resources for all levels of leadership, including the best-selling Leading Life-changing Small Groups, Coaching Life-Changing Leaders, Building a Life-Changing Small Group Ministry, the DVD training series Making Small Groups Work, and most recently The Irresistible Community.
    https://drbilldonahue.com/

    • 44 min
    Identifying and Recruiting New Leaders - Replay from Lobby 2019

    Identifying and Recruiting New Leaders - Replay from Lobby 2019

    A panel discussion on how to overcome the typical barriers of getting new leaders, and how to identify, invite, and recruit new people to lead groups. Group Talk Podcast Panelists: Bill Search - Author of "Essential Guide for Small Group Leaders" and "Simple Small Groups" and serves as Executive Pastor of Ministries at Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City, OK Mark Kendall - Small Groups Pastor at Grace Church in Eden Prairie, MN and also serves as the North Central Regional Leader for the Small Group Network. Tommy Carreras - Tommy oversees care and community at Mission Church in Ventura, CA and helps to lead the Ventura County Small Group Network "Huddle." 

    • 41 min
    Growing Small Groups in a Catholic Church

    Growing Small Groups in a Catholic Church

    "What unites us is much greater than what divides us." This quote by Pope John XXIII is so applicable to this conversation with Kelly Lippenholz from Church of the Nativity - a dynamic Catholic congregation deeply committed to discipleship and community through small groups. 

    Kelly shares about the power of a personal invitation from her own story, how Church of the Nativity developed a new culture of community in a Catholic church context, how they executed very successful group launches, and how they integrated groups as the primary pathway for discipleship. Kelly and her small groups team are valuable members of the Small Group Network and you can interact with them on our Facebook page. 

     
    Bio: 

    Kelly Lippenholz began her career in ministry at Church of the Nativity, a parish in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Maryland when she began volunteering with the Youth Ministry program and leading a small group of 6th grade girls. Those girls are now in college and Kelly is in her 10th year of vocational ministry. She spent six years withYouth Ministry - writing curriculum, delivering messages, planning retreats, and training for 200 Next Gen ministers. A few years ago, she transitioned into her current role at Nativity as Director of Adult Discipleship where she oversees several ministries including small groups, member care, missions, and adult ministry. 
    Links: 
    https://www.churchnativity.com/groups/
    klippenholz@churchnativity.com

    • 46 min
    Leading Groups That Thrive

    Leading Groups That Thrive

    We talk with the authors of a compelling new book, "Leading Small Groups that Thrive: Five Shifts to take your group to the next level." Based on extensive research, this book provides insights and practical how-tos on building small groups that are healthy, effective, and transformational. 
     https://thrivinggroups.com/
     
    Jason Sniff is the pastor of small groups at Eastview Christian church in Normal, Illinois, and a licensed professional counselor with over 15 years of experience in developing group life within the private and public sectors.
    Courtney Davis has a PhD in Organizational Communication. She is the Associate Professor of Communication Management at Azusa Pacific University, where she teaches organizational, small group, and professional communication. 

    • 46 min
    Leading Millennials and Gen Z in the Church

    Leading Millennials and Gen Z in the Church

    What are younger generations looking for from churches, small groups, and leaders? What are some unique markers of this generation? What does it look like for them to deconstruct their faith? Join us for this conversation with Saddleback's Development Pastor Dave Alford, who has worked with younger generations for decades both in ministry and higher education to learn how we can better care for, minister to, and engage young adults in our lives, in our churches, on our staffs, and in our communities. 

    Bio: 
    Dave Alford Is Pastor of Leadership Development at Saddleback Church where his team oversees small groups, next steps, interns, and ministries to men, women, and singles. Dave’s background includes experience in business, pastoral ministry, and higher education.  Dave also writes, coaches, and speaks about leadership. Dave has a Bachelors degree from UC Davis, an MBA from USC, and a doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University. 
    Show Notes: 
    Contact Dave at  dalford@saddleback.com
    For this topic, Dave recommends: The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt (2018)

    • 48 min

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I never miss an episode of this podcast. Carolyn is a thoughtful and humble host who is both smart and witty. This podcast has a great range of guests. This is a must listen for small group point persons and other church staff!

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