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What’s the Status of the Clergy Housing Allowance?
Updates on court timelines, the appeal, and more. - Article
as early as this summer.” In the meantime, various Christian groups, including the speaking, the loss of the housing allowance would disproportionately affect small congregations (a
Church and State Case • Religious Voters • Church Security: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders. - Article
US District Court Judge Roger Vinson ruled in favor of the groups and ordered the cross to is such a vast number of American churches that the number of violent incidents is small. . . .
4 Ways to Make an Agenda Work for You
Consider which approach may work best for your meetings. - Article
And the advantage is productivity—no unnecessary debate on small points about which no one disagrees! 3. Subject-Based Agenda. A third option groups topics by large categories.
How to Make the Bible Central in Small Groups
And the shift in leader training that makes all the difference. - Article
How to Make the Bible Central in Small Groups. And the 3 Simple Tools for Bible Study Want to help your small groups engage the Bible directly? Here are
5 Steps for Disciple Multiplication
A simple tool for apprenticing followers of Christ who can apprentice others.
We recommend this Building Church Leaders training tool: Equipping Women to Lead Small Groups Equipping Women to Lead Small Groups Learn More.
What About Those Sheep-Stealing Megachurches?
Megachurches keep getting bigger while small churches seem to struggle more than they used to. It's easy to think one is causing the other.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
to small churches, much of the conversation surrounds this question. Are megachurches actually reaching new people for Jesus, or are believers gathering into ever-larger groups,
Pastoral Training Is Changing
It's not a straight path to the pulpit anymore.
Leaders training tool: Equipping Women to Lead Small Groups Equipping Women to Lead Small Groups Learn More. Ask almost any
Making the Leap from Marketplace to Ministry
Five truths to keep in mind when God calls you to a big career change - Article
Doing…some kind of thing? Thankfully, God had more coherent plans. Four months into taking classes, I was encouraged to apply for a small groups position at my church.
How to Keep Your Meetings Short
The secret to making meetings brief and efficient. - Article
In small groups, this happens by a show of hands. The presiding officer can simply ask, “Who would like to speak in favor of/opposition to this motion?”.
Join Our Summer Study Group
Meet with women from across the country for community, encouragement, and discussion. - Article
As the minister for small groups and community outreach, I was eager to get started and excited to join people together in meaningful community gatherings.
10 Ways to Help Single Women Flourish in Ministry
Whether single or married, we can all advocate for single women in ministry. - Article
I am fortunate to know many amazing single women in ministry. They serve in student ministry, women's ministry, missions, small groups, teaching roles, and church planting.
The Modern Myth Of The Persistently Growing Congregation
The addition or multiplication of small congregations has always been the typical way the church has grown.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
larger groups is always the answer. Constant numerical growth has never been the norm for healthy churches, historically. Instead, the addition or multiplication of small congregations
5 Creative Alternatives to Trunk-or-Treat
Don’t be scared of Halloween. Seize the (holi) day!
4. Reverse Trick-or-Treat. Instead of handing out candy on Halloween night, this activity involves small groups or families collecting bags of candy a few days before the holiday.
9 Tips for Planning a Safe VBS
How to prepare for this significant summer event. - Article
to meet with everyone you hope will help with VBS, it is important that you get a small team of Be sure to order a curriculum that fits with your church's setting and the age groups you're
Pariah and Paragon
Women in ministry are often held to two extremes at once. - Article
my calling in different seasons: campus minister, seminary student, volunteer chaplain, small-group director color what it's like to stand in for entire races, nationalities, and ethnic groups.
The Value of a Small Church: Personalized Major League Coaching
Schools, sports and megachurches recognize the value of breaking into smaller groups for learning, coaching and relationships. So why do we devalue it in smaller churches?
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Coaching is done better in smaller, more intimate settings than in larger, less personalized groups. That's why healthy big churches emphasize their small group ministries.
Why Churches Lose Their Way
Joe Thorn discusses how congregations can rediscover the biblical basis of who they are and what they’re called to do.
The first shape is a circle or table, representing small groups or, as we call them, community groups. It also includes hospitality and all kinds of smaller gatherings.
Should You Take on More?
5 questions to decide if projects outside your role are right for you - Article
I serve as the pastor of small groups in our church, but like many of you, I am usually involved in a few ministry projects not directly related to my role.
The Most Important Thing to Do When You Start with a New Team
Don’t skip this critical first step. - Article
opposition? Maybe you're leading a small group in your home or a women's Bible study at church. us. So how do we inspire trust in our teams or groups?
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.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
So many ministers who manage large groups of people, lead thousands in worship, or preach to massive crowds, got their start in a small church. Small
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