“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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Michael Mack has led Small Group Leadership full-time since 2012, but has been involved in small group ministry for more than 25 years.

He lives in Pewee Valley, Kentucky (just outside Louisville), with his wife Heidi. Their family small group, which includes their four young adult children, has much potential (and much anticipation) for future growth and multiplication. Michael enjoys mountain and road biking with a group of great friends who participate together in various charity rides.

See the “About Michael Mack” page under About Us for more about him.

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