In honor of Halloween, I’m reposting the following from May. Enjoy! 

Many small groups are like Igor in Young Frankenstein. One of my favorite scenes in the movie shows Igor, played by Marty Feldman, and Dr. Frankenstein, played by Gene Wilder, talking. Dr. Frankenstein says, “You know, I’m a brilliant surgeon. I can help you with that hump.” To which Igor responds in perfect deadpan, “What hump?”

This happens so often to people, families, companies, and churches. We get so used to living with some unhealthy condition that we just get used to it. We become oblivious or just desensitized to a dysfunction that keeps us from living a healthy, productive lifestyle.

When our church assessed the health of our groups, we discovered that some were unhealthy in certain areas and, until they took the assessment, were completely unaware of, or at least apathetic toward, the debility. I tell several stories of these groups in Small Group Vital Signs, but one story stood out. Gail’s group scored the lowest of all our groups, and yet no one would have guessed the group was unhealthy. The group was coasting along, not growing, not making an impact, and yet no alarms were going off. In fact, it was slowly dying, but the death spiral was still pretty incomprehensible. Our assessment, coaching, and training helped Gail’s group to get healthy and growing immediately. Now it’s multiplying and making an impact on others.

How is your group doing? Are you healthy? Are you sure? Take our FREE Small Group Health Assessment to gauge your group health. It will take you less than 10 minutes to take the assessment, and you will receive a report that will show you how you’re doing in each of the 7 vital signs of health. If you want, you can forward this report to your coach or small groups point person for accountability and support.

Don’t be like Igor. Get some help with that hump!

After taking the Small Group Health Assessment, come back and comment below!


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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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