“Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds.”   — Proverbs 27:23

“Several years ago, our senior pastor asked me a simple question: ‘Are our small groups healthy?’ I could tell him all the reasons why I thought they were healthy. I could tell a few stories. I could talk about what I had observed. But I could not prove our groups were healthy. So we developed a simple diagnostic instrument using an online survey tool and sent it to all our leaders to learn more.”

This is the first paragraph of Appendix B in my book, Small Group Vital Signs. In this appendix I provided the background of our church’s small group health assessment, why we conducted it, how we implemented it, and what we learned. I discussed each of the seven vital signs individually, exactly what we learned as a church, and I provided some overall analysis that will probably apply to other churches as well. I may be biased, but I think this appendix is worth the price of the book!

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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 SmallGroups.com 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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