Interview with Michael C. Mack

Tell about your church leadership experience.
I never planned to be a staff member in a church leading a small groups ministry. I thought God’s call on my life was limited to writing and some volunteer ministry. Of course, God had other plans. After conversations with several churches and lots and lots of prayer, followed by an internship at Clovernook Christian Church in Cincinnati, where I was then ordained, Heidi and I moved from Cincinnati to Anderson, Indiana, for our first full-time staff ministry.

In Anderson, I was the Associate Minister at Bethany Christian Church, where I was called to start a small group ministry from scratch as well as lead other adult discipleship ministries such as Sunday school, elective classes, and Wednesday-night programming. I preached often on Sunday nights and several times a year on Sunday mornings. I learned so much about depending on God, building teams, and developing leaders there.

Next, we moved to Boise, Idaho, where I served as the small groups and discipleship minister. While we did some elective classes, small groups were our main way to develop disciples. I developed a working system for the small groups ministry, developed leaders, and helped groups grow and begin to multiply. I also preached regularly and was involved in other church leadership.

From 2001 to 2012, I was the Groups Minister at Northeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. I developed our small groups ministry into a dynamic, growing, multiplying, healthy ministry of more than 100 groups with a strong system of coaching, equipping, and other support for leaders.

In 2012, I left the staff of Northeast to launch Small Group Leadership. I launched the ministry to leverage the experience and understanding God has given me to help equip ordinary people with training and resources to courageously lead extraordinary small groups.
What is your writing experience?
In April 2017, I was called as the 12th editor of Christian Standard, a church leadership magazine started in 1866. Before that, I edited for major Christian publishing companies and have written more than 25 books and discussion guides as well as hundreds of magazine, newspaper, and web-based articles. I’ve also helped churches and other organizations write and edit a variety of resources. I have worked with several large Christian publishers and other ministries writing and ghostwriting small group curriculum and other resources with widely known Christian leaders. See the Small Group Leadership store to discover more about my books.
Tell us about your family.
I met my incredible wife Heidi at Cincinnati Christian University in 1988 and we married on June 16, 1990. Heidi ministers in a variety of ways outside our family, but one of her main passions is signing and working with deaf people. Heidi is also my biggest supporter and encourager in my ministry. We have four adult children: Jordan, Dru, Sarah, and Anna, who are our most vital ministry.
What other passions do you have?
You may notice that I often illustrate points with cycling (especially mountain biking) stories or examples from other sports. I grew up playing baseball, basketball, bowling, and any other sport I and my friends could play, even if we had to make up the rules. Today, I mostly ride my bike with friends on the road and on the trail. We participate in several charity events, including the American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure (I’ve been on the planning committee in Kentucky and the Red Rider chair for the event; I’ve lived with type-1 diabetes for more than 45 years), the Bike to Beat Cancer, and others. In 2015, at age 55, I rode my first century (100 miles) in the Bike to Beat Cancer event.
Published 2017-07-20.
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Books by This Author

World's Greatest Small Group - Seven Powerful Traits of a Life-Changing Leader
Price: $4.49 USD. Words: 33,020. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Ministry / Discipleship, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Church / Leadership
This book is designed for anyone who hosts, facilitates, or leads a group, whether you’ve just started or need a refresher. You’ll learn more than how to facilitate a great meeting, however. Michael C. Mack shares what makes a great small group, and it all starts with the heart traits of the leader.