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Small Group Vital Signs
Small Group Vital Signs
by Michael C. Mack
Edition: Paperback
Price: $18.89
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small Group Vital Signs, June 27, 2013
When I read Mike's books it unleashes my thoughts! Mike Mack is the perfect combination of insightfulness, practical steps, and challenges to reach for more - both as a small group leader and as someone who oversees other group leaders. SMALL GROUP VITAL SIGNS is a darn good book! I devoured it. EVERY small group leader and small group point person owes it to themselves to read it.

"Countless small groups settle of good," says Mike. (p. 23) If you're that kind of leader then don't bother! BUT, if you're a small group leader committed to helping your good group be always getting better and better, then don't pass up this opportunity. Many of these aspects have to do with the actions of the leader and others have to do with the vision that the leader or church keeps putting in front of all the group members to own together as a local body of Christ. This book is LOW on theoretical ramblings and HIGH on practical application.

Take the on-line health assessment (or use the one printed in Appendix D of the book). Measure the current health of your small group. Then take Mike's advice to increase your group's health in these 7 areas:
1) Being CHRIST-centered (rather than allowing the leader or the topic or even caring for each other to become the focus and purpose of the group!)
2) Being lead by a leader who's growing and keeping Christ as the center of his or her life as well.
3) Sharing leadership with a core team (Even Jesus didn't lead alone! - He invested more time with Peter, James & John and He gave more leading aspects to them than the others disciples.)
4) Setting goals & plans so that you're being proactive rather than re-active.
5) Living in authentic community (You have to become a group first before you can impact the people spiritually!)
6) Serving and ministering together
7) Discipleship is intentional - the people in the group are being continually challenged and pushed to keep growing and going to be a discipler themselves!

From working with groups for the past 17 years I know that really good groups don't happen accidently. They come NOT from super-gifted leaders, but from the teachable leaders who are striving to make their groups better for the sake of God's glory! Great groups come from leaders who are continually bringing their people into a KINGDOM vision so that the group co-owns the mission of not just MY own growth and care, but to genuinely be the BODY OF CHRIST to each other and the world around us.

If your small group or small group ministry isn't better as a result of using Mike's new book, I'm not sure you're really trying!

MissioRelate: Becoming a church of missional small groups
MissioRelate: Becoming a church of missional small groups
by M. Scott Boren
Edition: Paperback
Price: $19.35
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Missiorelate, June 7, 2011
Scott's new book MISSIORELATE should be read by every small group point person. It's not hard to read, but reading it is hard work! When you finish it, then you're really just getting started. It's not a book of tips and practical insights - but rather a book about figuring out WHY you do small groups and then determining HOW to execute the systems you have to get the results of true discipling.

Scott does a great job of helping us appreciate the value of ALL of our small groups, even those that frustrate us, realizing the benefits of every group and the "story" they are living. But the aim is helping groups not merely settle for "normal". Instead, it's moving people beyond the "How God benefits me" experience to a vision of making Kingdom impact together on the world around us.

This book is about appreciating people for where they currently are, but thinking through how to build ways that keep calling them to be sacricing their time and energy for others and even beyond that to a life of living out ministry & mission with those they are experiencing community with.

Getting more people in more groups is not the answer! Calling people beyond individualism, isolation, and consumerism is! Our job as champions of small group ministry is to do the hard work of thinking through what the end goal really is, and then working backwards from there as we design our church's small group systems. This book is a great help in getting us to think and move in that direction.

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