Today is a big day for the Pivot blog.
Until about a year ago this was my home for online blogging. Then a few things changed, not the least of which was a worldwide pandemic (you may have heard of it).
Mostly, though, there were adjustments in the way I’m doing ministry for small church leaders, and in how ChristianityToday.com is emphasizing those resources.
One of the results is a new blogging platform for me at KarlVaters.com. Another result is a brand-new podcast!
Introducing The “Can This Work In A Small Church?” Podcast
This space is now a companion to my new podcast, Can This Work In A Small Church?, available on all major podcast platforms, including:
New episodes come out once a week. The transcript of every episode will be available right here.
Why A Small Church Podcast?
Small churches and big churches are friends, coworkers, and spiritual siblings. We have far more in common than our differences.
But, while some of those differences can be significant, they’re seldom recognized in a lot of the resources we receive from our friends in big churches and big ministries. Quite frankly, a lot of what works in a big church setting doesn’t work in a small church environment – at least not without a lot of adaptations.
In the Can This Work In A Small Church? podcast we’ll tackle these issues head-on, but always constructively.
Sometimes I’ll talk through an issue by myself. Sometimes I’ll chat with a guest. But every time we’ll always ask and answer the question, “Can This Work In A Small Church?“
Here’s the transcript for our short introductory episode:
Ep 000 Podcast Transcript
Hi, I'm Karl and I'm a small church pastor. And welcome! This is the introductory episode of our new podcast Can This Work In A Small Church? We wanted to take just a couple of minutes to introduce you to what this podcast is about so you know what to expect. Or, if you've already been listening for a while, you can come back here to get an idea of what you've been listening to and why do we do it the way that we do it.
First of all, there's a lot of great church leadership resources out there, but most of them are written from, and for a big church context. Sometimes they don't even realize it, but they're produced by larger ministries and by larger churches. But in a smaller church context, sometimes those things work, sometimes they don't, most of the time we have to adapt those things to a small church context, which again is where the title of the podcast comes from, Can This Work In A Small Church?