What Our Church Learned by Surveying the Health of Our Groups

“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!

 For the Small Groups Point Person: What Our Small Groups Ministry Learned
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