This leader is the shepherd

I do not want.

He maketh me sit down on green love seats;

he leadeth me to meetings.

He ignoreth my soul.

He leadeth me to complete my homework assignment—

It taketh three hours, for heaven’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of downsizing and debt,

you are not with me.

Your wife and the church staff; they run from me.

You preparest a table of fattening foods before me.

You are my enemies.

My blood’s about to boil;

My disappointment overflows.

Surely your incessant e-mails will follow me all the days of my life;

And I shall dwell in this lousy group forever!

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“The Psalm of the No-Good Shepherd” was originally published in my book, I’m a Leader … Now What? How to Guide an Effective Small Group (Standard Publishing, 2007), p. 47.


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Michael Mack has been involved in small group ministry as a pastor, writer, trainer, and speaker for more than 25 years. He founded in 1995 and started Small Group Leadership in 2012. He became the 12th editor of Christian Standard magazine in 2017 and continues to speak in churches about small groups, discipleship, and leadership. He lives in Pewee Valley, Kentucky (just outside Louisville), with his wife Heidi. They have four young adult children. Michael enjoys mountain and road biking with a group of friends. See the "About Michael Mack" page under About Us for more about him.

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  1. PastorMason

    December 14, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    LOL! That's great Mike! I laugh because there is some unfortunate truth in that Ps 23 re-mix: He ignoreth my soul. Ouch! Lord help us! Looking forward to the future posts…


  2. Mike Mack

    December 15, 2012 at 1:23 am

    Thanks, Mason. I had a post ready for today and decided to take the day off from the blog. Didn't have the heart. I think I'll wait until Monday.


  3. Anonymous

    December 27, 2012 at 7:58 am

    what happens if the small group leader has also been neglected by his own shepherd or leader above him ? how can he take good care of his sheeps if he himself has a alot of problems to go through alone..? jus wondering


  4. Anonymous

    December 27, 2012 at 8:05 am

    I have another question Mike, i was quite ill couple of years ago and was not able to function as a small group leader properly. Throughout that period, my wife has been doing everything alone and has not received support nor encouragement from the cell group. As a result, she has this bitterness abt them that has not been settled. We are still in the same cell group but i sense that what happened during that period is preventing her from embracing the rest of the group fully.. what do you think can be done to breakthrough this situation ?


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