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Coming In 2018, “Small Church Essentials” Is Just Around The Corner
An all-new book, featuring a nuts-and-bolts approach to pastoring a small church well.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
While that book was predominantly a statement about the value of small churches, this book has a more nuts-and-bolts approach to pastoring a small church well.
Real Church Growth Doesn’t Just Make Bigger Churches, It Heals Hurting Ones
It’s hard to say we love the church when we ignore, discourage or belittle its weakest members.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Planting more small churches may be a greater tool for growing the church than building larger congregations. There are some strong stats showing
5 Ways Small Churches Help Big Churches Without Getting (Or Asking For) Credit
Sometimes, when small churches contribute to the body of Christ, we're blessing our big church friends in ways that no one else sees.
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Sometimes, when small churches contribute to the body of Christ, we're blessing our big church friends in ways that no one else sees. Christian Unity
Big Churches And Small Churches: Contrast Without Criticism
Church leaders need to understand the differences between churches of various sizes. So we can work together, not tear ourselves apart.
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Christian UnityJuly 28, 2017. Big Churches And Small Churches: Contrast Without Criticism Church leaders need to understand the differences between churches of various sizes.
Is It Wrong If I Don’t Want My Church to Grow?
If you are intentionally or unintentionally putting up roadblocks that hinder your church from growing, remove them. Now.
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Stop being the obstacle. And start being the church – vibrant, outward-reaching, innovative, healthy and growing. Most Small Churches Don't Want to Limit Growth.
Church Size Is About Personal Preference, Nothing More
As long as your preferences are about positive opportunities, not negative excuses, it doesn't matter what size of church you go to.
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Apples and oranges. There is zero evidence to suggest that big or small churches are more biblical or more effective, no matter how much we want to debate it.
How Churches Can Partner with Outside Counselors
It’s about supplementing, not replacing, pastoral care.
I often listen to the sermons preached at the churches I partner with. I familiarize myself with their small group ministry structure and church resources.
The Endlessly Fascinating Microbiology Of Small Church Ministry
Small churches are to megachurches as microbiology is to astronomy. One is small, one is huge, both have value.
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Small churches are to megachurches as microbiology is to astronomy. One is small, one is huge, both have value. Small churches are to megachurches as microbiology is to astronomy.
Small Church, Big Ministry
God is using 124 people from this historic congregation to feed 145,000.
Feeding America, the nation's largest hunger relief organization, “It's amazing what one small church can The pantry also gets volunteers from other local churches that don't have food
Is A Successful Small Church An Oxymoron?
If we hope to overcome the perception that “successful small church” is an oxymoron, we have to redefine success the way Jesus did.
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No matter how big or small it is. More Successful Small Churches, Please. “Successful small church” may be an oxymoron to some. But it's not a contradiction.
11 Advantages Of Having 50 Churches Of 100 Instead Of 1 Church Of 5,000
Big churches are great. But they’re very rare. And they’re not the only way to see the kingdom of God move forward.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
But if a bunch of healthy small churches are the goal, rather than one mega-size church, the chances of success rise dramatically. 2. More pastors would get to use their gifts.
6 Ways To Leverage Your Church's Limited Resources For Greater Ministry Impact
Every church needs a plan that helps decide which needs they’ll respond to and which ones they won’t. This isn’t easy, but it’s important.
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Small churches can't do everything. Small churches should consider partnering with another ministry that's doing something really well, and very efficiently.
Thom Rainer and Lawrence Wilson Interview Karl Vaters About Small Churches
These two interviews (one podcast, one written) might give you a new perspective on small church ministry.
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Small Church MinistryJune 21, 2017. Thom Rainer and Lawrence Wilson Interview Karl Vaters About Small Churches and more. Small Churches Are Being Heard.
The Top 3 Reasons Church Growth Ideas Usually Fail In Smaller Churches
We're often told that small churches are failing at church growth. But sometimes church growth ideas are failing in smaller churches.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
We're often told that small churches are failing at church growth. 1. Small Churches And Big Churches Are Very, VERY Different. Most church growth advice comes from bigger churches.
Getting Unstuck: Innovative Small Churches Find Alternatives, Not Excuses
Problems don’t become excuses when we say “we can’t do it that way.” They become excuses when we say “we can’t do it any other way, either.”
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Innovative MinistryMay 01, 2017. Getting Unstuck: Innovative Small Churches Find Alternatives, Not Excuses Small churches are well known for our lack of resources.
Lead A Big Church? Or Be A Pastor? Sometimes You Can’t Have It All
Whether you’re called to lead a church with entrepreneurial church growth methods or hands-on pastoring, lean into it with all you’ve got.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Whether you're called to lead a church with entrepreneurial church growth methods or hands-on pastoring, lean into it with all you've got.
5 Mistakes More Likely To Be Made By Small Churches Than Big Churches
Different sizes of churches serve different functions. And they face different challenges.
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Small Church MinistryApril 19, 2017. 5 Mistakes More Likely To Be Made By Small Churches Than Big Churches Small churches are not just smaller versions of big churches.
5 Mistakes More Likely To Be Made By Big Churches Than Small Churches
Consider this a friendly view from the outside looking in.
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Church GrowthApril 21, 2017. 5 Mistakes More Likely To Be Made By Big Churches Than Small Churches Consider this a friendly view from the outside looking in.
6 Dos and Don’ts for Welcoming Church Guests
Visitor connection should be organic, not contrived.
First, whoever is tasked with training or coaching small group leaders should make a point to say, “Remind One long-time strategy I've seen churches use is Seven Ways in Seven Days.
5 Simple Statements Any Small Church Pastor Would Love To Hear
It takes so little to remind a small church pastor that you care for them and are asking God to bless them.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
That isolation can become toxic. And it can start to bleed out into their congregations, confirming the worst stereotypes about why small churches remain small.
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