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Forget The Extras – Your Church Needs To Get The Basics Right
Your church might not have the budget or the staff to do the extras, but that’s okay. You can do what matters.
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You can do what matters. Karl Vaters. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 1. Image: Nina Strehl | Unsplash. 0; tweet; email; print. There are so many great tools available to churches today.
What The Church Can Learn From The People Of New York About Being Repairers Of The Breach
When we’re at our best, the church isn’t just another group on one side of the partisan political conflict that pits people against each other.
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Karl Vaters. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 2. 0; tweet; email; print. Thank you, New York. You taught me how to be a better Christian, pastor and peacemaker this week.
Your Facebook Account Has Not Been Hacked – But Your Credibility Might Have Been
If we can’t be trusted to get verifiable facts right, how can we be trusted about a story that rests on the fact of a dead body rising from the grave?
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Read as Single PagePage 1 of 2. Image: Thomas Lafebvre | Unsplash. 0; tweet; email; print. Another day, another Facebook scam. But this one isn't Facebook's fault.
Think Bigger: Why “How Do I Get Our Church To Grow?” Is The Wrong Question
I’m grateful for the church growth movement. But I want more.
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I'm grateful for the church growth movement. But I want more. Karl Vaters. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 2. Image: Lucas Myers | Unsplash. 0; tweet; email; print.
3 Reasons Upcoming Cultural Changes Will Hit The Bible Belt Especially Hard – And What To Do About It
If you've never lived outside a predominantly Christian culture, the next few decades will continue to rock your world. But there is hope.
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But there is hope. Karl Vaters. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 4. Image: Ben White Photography | UNsplash. 0; tweet; email; print. The world is changing. In good ways and bad.
When Pastors Are Sexual Abuse Survivors
Childhood trauma can sabotage ministry in sinister ways.
Childhood trauma can sabotage ministry in sinister ways. Joshua Pease. 0; tweet; link. share; share. expand: email; print. Image: Caiaimage/Martin Barraud / Getty.
Intentional Friendliness: Making A Great First Impression In A Smaller Church
Coming to a small church for the first time is an act of great vulnerability. So it’s important to do the personal things well.
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well. Karl Vaters. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 2. Image: rawpixel | Unsplash. 0; tweet; email; print. You only get one chance to make a first impression.
Engagement: A Small Church Advantage We Need To Cultivate
Getting a few people engaged and involved is far more important than attracting a big crowd.
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Getting a few people engaged and involved is far more important than attracting a big crowd. Karl Vaters. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 3. Image: rawpixel | Unsplash. 0; tweet; email; print
Why There’s No “Typical” Sunday In A Small Church – And 5 Ways To Adapt To It
Small church pastors aren’t bad at planning, they’re just dealing with a much more fluid situation than our big church peers.
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So they know how many leaders they'll need, how many bulletins to print up, how many ushers to have an hand, and so on. How many bulletins do you print for that?
Stop Complicating Ministry: The Smaller The Church, The Simpler We Need To Keep It
Ministry will never be easy, but it doesn’t have to be as complicated as we make it.
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make it. Karl Vaters. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 2. Image: Jonny Swales | Unsplash. 0; tweet; email; print. So, you pastor a small, struggling church. You
All Churches Make Mistakes, Why Do Ours Feel Fatal?
Christ is with us when we suit up again, even though we fell flat on our face the last time we went on the field.
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the field. Karl Vaters. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 2. Image: Samuel Martins | Unsplash. 0; tweet; email; print. No church is perfect. Some churches make
Let the Foster and Adopted Children Come to Me
Families of vulnerable children often feel unwelcome in their own churches. Here are five ways to change that.
their own churches. Here are five ways to change that. Krish Kandiah. 0; tweet; link. share; share. expand: email; print. Image: Elva Etienne / Getty Images.
9 Principles For Creating An Annual Budget In A Small Church
With the possibilities for small church budgeting being so flexible, are there guidelines that are universal? I believe so. Here are nine of them.
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Karl Vaters. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 3. Image: rawpixel | Unsplash. 0; tweet; email; print. Big churches and small churches design their budgets very differently.
‘What Should I Do to Become a Pastor?’
I work for a seminary, but my advice for aspiring ministers doesn’t start there.
I work for a seminary, but my advice for aspiring ministers doesn't start there. Derek Hiebert. 0; tweet; link. share; share. expand: email; print. Image: Blend Images - Hill Street Studios / Getty
The Bunker Is My Refuge and Strength
What living next to a doomsday prepper taught me about loving my neighbor.
neighbor. Keith Mannes. 0; tweet; link. share; share. expand: email; print. Image: Shenki / Getty. We recommend this Building Church Leaders training tool:
No, A Church’s Budget Is Not Always A Reflection Of Their Priorities
Compassion, worship, discipleship and evangelism don’t need to be in the budget to be a priority. They just need to happen.
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email; print. One of the airtight principles of church leadership is that you can tell what a church's priorities are by looking at where they allocate their funds.
Want To Go Deeper And Wider? Underline New Stuff
I can’t gain new understanding of anything – even of the ideas I already agree with – if all I do is keep reinforcing old facts.
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reinforcing old facts. Karl Vaters. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 2. Image: Dan Keifer | Unsplash. 0; tweet; email; print. Are you an underliner? I am. Unless I
Is Your Church Resisting Necessary Change? Try This Helpful Strategy
Wise and loving pastors don’t attack people’s affection for the past, they ease their fears about the future.
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about the future. Karl Vaters. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 2. Image: Daniel Frank | Unsplash. 0; tweet; email; print. Not all change is good. The church
Confronting the Toxic Power in Me
High-profile stories of fallen pastors can distract us from ourselves or hold up a mirror to our souls.
from ourselves or hold up a mirror to our souls. Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel. 0; tweet; link. share; share. expand: email; print. Image: micaelnuss / Getty.
Why “Finishing Well” Can Never Be Our Main Reason To Behave Morally
We need to behave morally not so we can keep our reputations intact, but because hurting other people is wrong. Always wrong.
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Always wrong. Karl Vaters. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 2. Image: Jonathan Klock | Unsplash. 0; tweet; email; print. Finishing well in ministry really matters to me.
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