Last April I had the privilege to lead a main session on small groups assessments at the Cincinnati Christian University Small Groups Conference. The theme of the conference was “Healthy Groups = Healthy Churches / Develop Your Growing Community.” My friend and partner in ministry David Roadcup spearheaded this conference. Here’s what David had to say about Small Group Vital Signs:

“Mike Mack’s book should be read and studied by anyone in the church interested in assimilating and growing believers! He is a veteran of Small Group ministry and knows how to help people grow in their faith. I highly recommend this work to leaders and lay people, as well.”

David is the Executive Director of the Center for Church Advancement and a professor at Cincinnati Christian University. I’ve had the honor of working with him on the planning committee for CCU’s Small Groups Conference. He is a man who has a passion for discipleship and he doesn’t just talk about it, it’s obviously a part of his lifestyle.

David has been in ministry for more than 42 years. Besides youth ministries, senior/preaching ministries, and college/seminary teaching through the years, Dr. Roadcup has authored numerous articles and books. He has spoken in 37 states and 5 foreign countries. As one of the founding members of the men’s ministry – Promise Keepers – he served on the Board of Directors for 11 years. In 2001, he was on the summer P.K. Men’s Conference Speaking Team. In addition to his wide-spread ministry to the Church and teaching classes at CCU, he is presently on the Board of Directors of Christ in Youth in Joplin, Missouri (C.I.Y.), the Board of Directors of Christian Arabic Services (C.A.S.), and is chairman of the board for SALT Ministries. He has been married to Karen for 40 years. Dave and Karen have two daughters, one son-in-law and three grandchildren. Dave’s great passion is discipling believers and helping Christians grow to deeper levels in their personal walk with Jesus Christ.

David has co-authored a series of books about church leadership that are especially useful for elders: Answer His Call Reflect His Character, Lead His Church, and Enjoy His People. He also has helped produce a digital curriculum from e2: effective elders called “What Every Elder Should Know!” See David’s Author Page on Amazon for other books he has written or co-written.

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Michael Mack has led Small Group Leadership full-time since 2012, but has been involved in small group ministry for more than 25 years. He lives in Pewee Valley, Kentucky (just outside Louisville), with his wife Heidi. Their family small group, which includes their four young adult children, has much potential (and much anticipation) for future growth and multiplication. Michael enjoys mountain and road biking with a group of great friends who participate together in various charity rides. See the "About Michael Mack" page under About Us for more about him.

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