How Saddleback Online Started 1700 Small Groups In 4 Years with Jay Kranda [Podcast]


The Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast brings you interviews from leaders across the theological spectrum of the global Church. Our goal is to bring you thought-provoking interviews that encourage you, challenge you, and help you build, run, and keep great teams.

In today's episode of the Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast, Holly talks with Jay Kranda, the Online Campus Pastor for Saddleback Church in California. 



Jay Kranda has been Saddleback Church's Online Campus Pastor since 2012 and has been a part of the church since his graduation from Biola University. He now oversees a crowd of over 20,000 unique visitors each week and fosters the growth of over 1,700 small groups with a team of 40 online volunteers. He also recently published an eBook on helping non-profits and profits build a custom social media plan to accomplish their goals.

Jay also recently took on the role of co-hosting the SocialMedia.Church Podcast with Nils Smith. The podcast is about having conversations with people about trends in social media and web strategy overall. 

Jay talks with Holly about:

  • How a church can successfully develop internal leaders
  • The steps of development in an online campus church
  • Building a leadership team around an online church
  • Growing and caring for a church's online community
  • How to take viewers from online to offline through small groups
  • The 5 purposes of Saddleback: evangelism, fellowship, ministry, discipleship, and worship
  • Instilling vision into the development of online volunteers



Jay Kranda

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Quotes from Jay:

Online church is an outreach for people who don't come to church.Tweet: Online church is an outreach for people who don't come to church. @JayKranda via @VanderbloemenSG #Vandercast

Livestream without community is not church.Tweet: Livestream without community is not church. @JayKranda via @VanderbloemenSG #Vandercast

Everyone should be in a small group.Tweet: Everyone should be in a small group. @JayKranda via @VanderbloemenSG #Vandercast

If we can get people into a small group, we can scale care.Tweet: If we can get people into a small group, we can scale care. @JayKranda via @VanderbloemenSG #Vandercast