As the release of my newest book, Small Group Vital Signs draws very near, I’d like to share what some of my friends and partners in small groups ministry are saying about it. Over the next couple weeks I’ll share one or two of their thoughts about the book per day. I’d love to hear your input as well. You can order the book now here!

I’ll start with my long-time friend, Jon Ferguson, a man who has been referred to as a “Small Group Guru,” which he definitely is! 

“Don’t settle for the status quo in your small groups!  Mike Mack’s new book, Small Group Vital Signs will not only gauge the current health and vitality of your groups, but give you a growth plan for helping them grow and reproduce.  If you’re looking to revitalize and recharge your small groups, this book is a must-read!”

Jon is one of the founding pastors (along with his brother Dave Ferguson) of Community Christian Church, a reproducing church with 11 locations in the Chicago area.  He serves as teaching pastor and leads the team of staff champions for adult, student, children’s, and creative arts ministries across all Community locations.  Jon is also the co-founder and Movement Architect of the NewThing Network whose mission is to be a catalyst for a movement of reproducing churches. 

Jon co-authored The Big IdeaAligning the Ministries of Your Church Through Creative Collaboration and ExponentialHow You and Your Friends Can Start a Missional Church Movement.

Jon and I go back twenty-something years, when he wrote articles for a “Growing in Groups” column I then edited for The Lookout magazine, and also was one of the main contributors when I founded back in the late 80s and early 90s. Jon is a leader whom I deeply respect, so I really value his thoughts about Small Group Vital Signs.

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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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