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Confessions of a Former ‘It’ Church Pastor
We were the hottest church in our area. Then everything imploded.
hosting their small group as a rogue gathering, leveraging those relationships and social media to recruit people to another church in town. That's when our attendance began to plateau
The 3 Biggest Problems With An 'Every Number Is A Person' Approach To Ministry
Record-keeping and statistical analysis are helpful ministry tools. But we need to know their limitations.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Every healthy church knows this, both large and small. But when we're constantly bombarded with the importance of numerical growth, it can be easy to forget that attendance figures
Does Your Church Have the Right Model?
How to decide.
What makes a low-autonomy leadership model attractive to so many church leaders? For one thing, it has a proven record of success. The 2017-2018 Guide to New Church Models.
10 Essentials for a Successful Outdoor Event
Don’t let weather, logistics, or Egyptian plagues keep you from taking your service outside.
The primary purpose of the gathered church should always be to celebrate Jesus. This allowed us to highlight that ministry's name and mission in front of everyone in attendance.
Why Was I So Hard On That Church I Visited?
Impacting our community for Jesus takes more than having a great worship service and solid, biblical teaching.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Church & CultureMay 30, 2017. Why Was I So Hard On That Church I Visited? Several readers were concerned that I had been harder on the church than I needed to be.
Grandma Didn't Go To Church: 9 Ways First-Generation Christians Are Making Me A Better Pastor
How do you pastor people when they're not just the only believers in their family, they’re the first Christian in generations?
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
This is especially true in California, where I live. Most of our neighborhoods are only one generation old. Many traditions, including church attendance, are non-existent.
Pastoral Transition: Setting Your Church Up For Ministry Success After You're Gone
The church was here long before us, and it will be here long after us. Let's leave it better for the next pastor.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
How? By making sure everything in the church carries the obvious stamp of Jesus. Prioritizing hands-on ministry over sit-and-listen attendance. View as Single Page Page:12Next.
Do We Need A Broader Definition Of Church Growth?
Any definition of church growth that doesn’t allow for, even celebrate, churches that contribute in non-numerical ways is incomplete.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Church GrowthMay 03, 2017. Do We Need A Broader Definition Of Church Growth? Some Disadvantages Of Only Using Numbers To Define A Church's Success.
4 Reasons Our Church Stopped Doing 'Come and Watch' Events (And 5 Alternatives)
When a first-time guest comes to a church, they should see our faith at its deepest and best.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Church & CultureMarch 25, 2017. 4 Reasons Our Church Stopped Doing 'Come and Watch' Events (And 5 Alternatives) When a first-time guest comes
How to Woo People into God's Story
Step down from the stage and guide them in the learning experience.
One church I know of built an outdoor fire pit and purchased round umbrella tables for Encourage consistent attendance to demonstrate that the work you're doing together matters.
CTPastors Has a Small Church Section – And They Want to Hear From You!
How to pitch, write and submit an article that fellow small church pastors will want to read, and the editors of CTPastors will want to publish.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
About the author: I pastor a small church (approx. 150 in attendance) in California. We have run a successful internship ministry for 13 years, helping
6 Markers of Especially Welcoming Churches
Insights from a church secret shopper.
of those in attendance. The churches I've seen retain the most guests have a simple and clearly defined discipleship process. On the other hand, I've also done church secret shopper
Jesus Didn’t Wake Up this Morning Depressed By the Size of Your Church
Mondays can be tough for pastors of struggling churches. But Christ is with you. And he has good news.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
He also didn't wake up this morning high-fiving the angels about the church down the street that broke attendance records yesterday. God doesn't take attendance.
Pastoring a Church Between 100 and 200 Without Going Crazy
Some Dos and Don’ts for surviving and thriving in the awkward, in-between world of 100 to 200 in church attendance.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Some Dos and Don'ts for surviving and thriving in the awkward, in-between world of 100 to 200 in church attendance. Church LeadershipJuly 26, 2016.
7 Steps to Start Becoming a Church People Want to Commit To
A lot of recently unchurched people are like some of the rowdy kids in school. They’re ditching because they’re not being challenged.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Innovative MinistryFebruary 06, 2017. 7 Steps to Start Becoming a Church People Want to Commit To People who don't go to church, don't want to go to church.
People Aren’t as Loyal to a Church Or Denomination Anymore – Good For Them
We need to stop whining about people’s lack of commitment to our churches and give them something - and someone - worth committing to.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Church & CultureFebruary 03, 2017. People Aren't as Loyal to a Church Or Denomination Anymore – Good For Them We thrive. And not just in the church.
3 Ways Some Churches Grow Without Getting Bigger
Butts-in-the-seats growth is great. But it’s not going to happen for every church. That's never a reason to give up, coast along, or offer excuses.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Also, yes. Will that growth always result in larger congregational attendance? Not so fast. When Church Growth Theory Meets Church Life Reality. I know it seems logical.
The Folly of Trying to Measure Success In Christ’s 'First Shall Be Last' Kingdom
We need to measure what we can manage, but let’s not fall into the trap of thinking we have more control than we do.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
when something matters to us, we measure it. So we count things like church attendance in an attempt to measure a church's health, strength and impact.
Does Jesus Want Every Church to Be a Big Church?
Let’s stop arguing about which church size is best, and start seeing what’s best about each size.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Small Church MinistryDecember 08, 2016. Does Jesus Want Every Church to Be a Big Church? “Jesus wants the church to grow!”. I agree. How can I not?
The Year of Fear
How do we minister amid terrorist attacks, racial violence, and the most polarized election in memory?
There is a purpose for your being here. –Claude Alexander. And what counts as "regular attendance" at church is being redefined. Formerly it meant
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