“Dave Treat is a friend, colleague and highly effective trainer. He speaks from learned wisdom, experience in the trenches, and a broad knowledge of what is happening in group life worldwide. You will get no fluff from Dave.  That’s because he practices group life personally, and knows the hard realities of what it means to build it in the church. I recommend Dave for all of your training needs. Drain his brain for all you get!”

Dr. Bill Donahue, President,
LeaderSync Group, Inc.
Associate Professor at Trinity International University
Author and Former Point Leader for Group Life & Leader Development,
Willow Creek Community Church and Willow Creek Association, South Barrington, IL


“Dave Treat is a gift. His insights, creativity and experience make him one of the most respected and helpful voices around. He is a continual learner and is also a very gifted leader trainer. He would be helpful for any ministry wanting to take their leader training to the next level.”

Bill Willits, Executive Director of Ministries
North Point Ministries, Alpharetta GA
Co-Author (with Andy Stanley), Creating Community


“I’m so thankful for the impact that Dave Treat has had on my ministry and on the leaders I serve. He brings a quick wit, laser-sharp insight, and years of experience to creating training environments that not only inform but inspire and mobilize teams to action. He goes beyond the superficial and cuts through the utopian jargon of group life ministry and gets right to the real grittiness of community, discipleship, and leadership. Plus, his likeability factor is off the charts!”

Heather Zempel – Discipleship Pastor
National Community Church, Washington, DC
Author, Community is Messy


“As I was beginning my journey as a small groups pastor many years ago I looked to Dave Treat for advice, wisdom, and encouragement. All these years later that has not changed. Dave has been my trainer, coach, guide, and friend. Part Yoda part Joe Paterno – Dave can intermix philosophy with practical leadership tools that will make the difference in your groups ministry. “

Bill Search, Pastor, Rolling Hills Christian Church
Former Small Groups Pastor, Southeast Christian Church
Author, Simple Small Groups


“If you are looking for a “cookie-cutter, just add water” small groups strategy then Dave is not your man. However, if you are looking for someone who can take a passion for biblical community and leadership development and work alongside you and your team to develop a customized strategy for your church, then look no further than Dave Treat.”

Bill Brown, Executive Pastor
Parkview Christian Church, Orland Park, IL


“Dave Treat offers unparalleled experience, insight, and strategic thinking to small group ministry. But what makes Dave so valuable is his ability to listen, engage, and present (with humor) to leaders and groups in ways that help them “get it.” As someone who has heard Dave present many times in advanced level trainings for leaders and pastors, I cannot think of a better resource person in helping navigate the waters of group life ministry.”

Eric Camfield, Small Groups Director
Christ Church of Oak Brook, Oak Brook, IL


“Over the last several years, I’ve worked with Dave Treat dozens of times in many different situations.  He is an exceptionally gifted strategic thinker — able to bring clarity into otherwise complex situations.  His work in small group apprentice development is the best I’ve ever seen and was particularly helpful to my congregation.  I especially appreciate his ability to teach.  I’ve never learned and laughed so much at the same time.  Dave makes ministry fun and effective.”

Scott Christenson, Lead Pastor
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Palatine, IL


“Dave has it all!  His mix of expertise, humor, like-ability and innovation, make him the perfect communicator to our people.”

Jeff Pries, Small Groups Pastor
Mariners Church, Irvine, CA
CEO, Co-Producer and Founder of Liquid Productions


“Dave is funny, passionate, knowledgeable, current, smart, witty, insightful, clear, humorous, and effective.  He’s the guy you want in the room when you’re doing deep thinking, planning, learning or just getting the job done. Did I mention you’ll laugh when he’s around?  Its a good thing he doesn’t charge by the chuckle.”

Sharon Swing, President,
Swing Consulting, Inc., Elgin, IL
Author, Listen To My Life


“As the point leader of the small groups ministry at our church, I have appreciated and benefitted from Dave’s breadth of knowledge, extensive experience, and perceptive insight into various aspects of group life ministry. He is our “go-to-guy” for answers related to small groups ministry vision-casting, strategic planning, leader training, trouble-shooting, and one-on-one coaching. He is an authentic, engaging speaker; a thought-provoking, humorous writer; and an encouraging, empowering resource for leaders.”

Carolyn Taketa, Small Groups Director
Calvary Community Church, Westlake Village, CA


“Dave is an innovative thinker who is ruthlessly practical! He takes his out-of-the-box ideas and actually puts legs to them which makes him an invaluable problem-solver.”

Wendy Seidman, Former Executive Director Content Development/Training
Willow Creek Association, South Barrington, IL


“Dave is a rare combination of technical skill and strategic, creative thinking. He is a true innovator who is never satisfied with the status quo, relentlessly pursuing excellence while eliminating inefficiency and redundancy. His expertise and knowledge are first-rate and it is always such a pleasure to work with him. I recommend him without hesitation.”

Stephanie Oakley, Former Resource Development Manager
Willow Creek Association, South Barrington, IL


“Dave is an active learner, always seeking out the latest and most effective innovations in his field, which he incorporates into his services. He focuses on his audience/clients to provide them with proactical yet creative solutions that address the challenges they face.”

Tom Okarma, Founder,
Vantage Point, Aurora, IL


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