New Role as Christian Standard Editor: What It Means to Small Group Leadership

In April I was named editor of Christian Standard magazine. (Read announcement here.) I am honored and humbled to be the 12th editor of this 151-year-old Christian-leadership journal. The July issue, the first for which I’m responsible, has been completely redesigned and repurposed, and it’s arriving in mailboxes of our subscribers today. We also uploaded it to our app yesterday. (See our story on this here.) Read my first editorial HERE.

What does this mean for Small Group Leadership? I will continue to conduct small group leader training in churches and conferences on weekends; I’ll keep blogging here, at least occasionally, about small groups, discipleship, and other leadership concerns; my TIPS of the Day will still be posted on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, and be reposted here each Friday.

I will not be doing as much editing outside the magazine or writing as much as I have for other ministries.

A couple things will change. For instance, you may have noticed that my daily TIPS are now called “Leadership TIPS of the Day” rather than “Small Group Leadership TIPS of the Day.” Does that mean I no longer care about small groups or their leaders? Absolutely not! I found that many of my tips applied to all spiritual leaders, and so I’ve broadened the audience for these, but they are still relevant to small group leaders. (Also, I just saved 10 characters for those 140-character tweets!)

I will continue to write books, but like my daily tips, I want to write more broadly about Christian leadership and discipleship.

I invite you to check out and subscribe to Christian Standard. While the magazine focuses on leaders within “Christian Churches & Churches of Christ” (what some call Restoration Movement churches or Independent Christian Churches and Churches of Christ), our articles are relevant for leaders in all churches.

Have questions about my transition, Christian Standard, or Small Group Leadership? Please leave a note in the Comments, below.

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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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