Become a Life Group Leader

Thank you for your interest in being a Life Group Leader!

Life Groups at Shepherd Church are an integral part to spiritual growth at our church! We gather for weekend services for worship and a teaching from our senior pastor, Dudley Rutherford, but during the week, we gather to study in depth lesson inspired by the weekend’s sermon! 

This is where you as a leader come in! 

You have the potential to lead a Life Group! We all do! But you’re here reading this and by you reading this, this is already a step further in potentially leading! But along with visiting this page, you’ve already taken steps to lead your own Life Group! Here’s how:

You’ve already been in a Life Group!

You’ve been coming to Shepherd Church faithfully!

These two things are already huge steps in you leading a Life Group! 

Having been in a Life Group means you’ve already seen how to lead a Life Group at Shepherd Church as well as you’ve probably gleaned some lessons from your leader of how you would lead your own Life Group!  

Paul taught the Corinthians that some plant the seeds, others water them, but God makes them grow (1 Corinthians 3:6). Life Group Leaders have the opportunity of creating environments in which seeds of faith are planted and watered in the lives of those they lead, while trusting God with the growth. Leading a Life Group is a great way to serve at our church as you play a pivotal role in helping us achieve our mission to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. There are three main components to this ministry that we expect our leaders to be living out, as well as encouraging members of their groups to as well. Connect, Grow and Impact!

Please click here to register for one of our Life Group New Leader Trainings!

Since our Life Group Leaders play such an important role, we take great care when enlisting them. Please read through the information below to better understand the role of a leader, qualifications, and expectations. If, after consideration, you are interested in pursuing Life Group leadership, please follow the instructions below to complete the group leader application. Once we receive your application, we will contact you for an interview.

Should you have questions regarding any of the following information, please call us at 818-831-9333 Ext 2111.



  • Committing to shepherding and encouraging members in their spiritual growth and maturity
  • Leading a group with a spirit of cooperation and forgiveness
  • Willing to meet and work with the Leadership of Shepherd Church
  • Be a member of Shepherd Church
  • Have the time, emotional capacity, and moral discernment to lead a group


  • Lead the group by facilitating the group meeting, monitoring its health and duration, and promoting participation among group members
  • Commit to engage in leadership development opportunities provided by the church
  • Identify and develop a qualified apprentice and embrace apprentice leader development as a measure of success
  • Manage your group online and be involved in on-going training
  • Attend a Men’s or Woman’s Encounter


Please Click here for the application and start the process

Ready to lead a group? 

Please click here to register for one of our Life Group New Leader Trainings!

The training dates and locations are as follows. All trainings take place at our Porter Ranch location (19700 Rinaldi St. Porter Ranch, CA. 91326) except for one that will take place at our West Valley location! 

The training dates and locations are as follows! 

Thursday | July 18 | 6:30pm | Porter Ranch Location - Ministry Center,

Friday | July 19 | 6:30pm | West Valley Location,

Sunday | July 21 | 1:00pm | Porter Ranch Location - Ministry Center,

Thursday | July 25 | 6:30pm | Porter Ranch Location - Ministry Center, 

Thursday | August 1 | 6:30pm | Porter Ranch Location - Ministry Center,