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The Biggest Misunderstanding About Small Church Pastors
We don't have a limited vision. Our best contributions to Christ’s kingdom happen to be in a smaller setting.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Too many people (especially fellow pastors) think that small church pastors aren't interested in church growth. That we've given up on reaching new people.
Is Church Growth The Best Way To Make More Disciples In Your Neighborhood?
In addition to “how can we break through to the next size level?” we need to ask “is bigger really better in this situation?"
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Church GrowthJuly 30, 2018. Is Church Growth The Best Way To Make More Disciples In Your Neighborhood? In addition to “how can we break through
Want Real Church Growth? Don’t Fill Your Building, Empty It
Churches emptying out into their community to share the good news is a greater sign of effective ministry than an increase in church attendance will ever be.
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Church GrowthJuly 23, 2018. Want Real Church Growth? Don't Getting more people to go to church has never been the point of church growth. Jesus didn
If A Church Isn’t Growing, Should The Pastor Be Fired?
Nowhere does the Bible imply that a pastor is not being faithful if they don't hit certain levels of numerical increase.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Church GrowthJuly 13, 2018. If A Church Isn't Growing, Should The Pastor Be Fired? Nowhere does the Bible imply that a pastor is not being faithful if
The World Isn’t Looking For a Bigger Church, They Want A Better Church
What people really want from the church are the characteristics the New Testament has always told us the church is supposed to be about.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
What Does A Better Church Experience Look Like? It's only pastors who say “you know what the problem is with that church? The Evangelistic Attraction Of A Better Church.
7 Ideas for Improving Bible Engagement in Your Church
How to encourage a deeper experience of Scripture.
Last year he told me he hadn't been to church since before he served in Vietnam. and Cally Parkinson, in their book Move, share their findings from researching spiritual growth in 1,000
Bigger? Or Better? Yes, Your Church Has A Choice
“It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that if you’re maximizing growth, you’re also maximizing success.” (Bo Burlingham, in Small Giants)
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Or Better? Yes, Your Church Has A Choice “It's easy to fall into the trap of thinking that if you're maximizing growth, you're also maximizing success.” (Bo Burlingham, in Small Giants).
The Growth Gap: How The Megachurch Phenomenon Has Unintentionally Isolated Small Churches
As midsize churches adapt systems based on megachurch models, the ministry gap between them and the average size church is expanding.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Bigger. Today, if you're pastoring a church of 500 or so, many of the megachurch systems can be adapted to your size, often bringing greater growth.
Let’s Ask Better Questions About Church Size
Instead of asking “what’s the best church size?” we need to ask “what’s the best church size for a given situation?”
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Some church growth proponents might argue that, whatever your size, “just a little bigger” would be better. Many house church attenders would propose that smaller is better.
The Best Way To Reduce Money Problems In A Local Church
When a church is making disciples a whole lot of problems get better or go away entirely – including finances.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
For example, 15 years ago, the church I serve was smaller and less healthy than it is right now. By every indication of growth, health and effective ministry, we are doing better today.
Pastor, Take a Vacation—for the Good of Your Church
You are not the linchpin holding your congregation together.
and vital to every church's life together. I could even blame denominational leaders who present stories of visionary, gregarious leaders to mimic and ensure ecclesial growth and vitality
In Addition To "Why Is Your Church So Small?" We Need To Ask “Why Do We Want It To Be Big?”
As hard as we work to grow bigger, how many of us stop to ask the essential question “what are the advantages of bigness?”
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Church GrowthMay 18, 2018. In Addition To "Why Is Your Church So Small?" We Need To Ask “Why Do We Want It To Be Big?” As hard as we work to
Church Growth: Use The Principles, Don’t Buy The Hype
When it comes to church growth and health, we need to lower the volume and listen with both discernment and faith.
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When it comes to church growth and health, we need to lower the volume and listen with both discernment and faith. Church GrowthMarch 02, 2018.
Has The Rise Of Megachurches Elevated Our Communities?
Communities with successfully growing churches should be feeling the impact of those churches on their overall culture.
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on earth where the overall moral and spiritual climate should be higher now than it was 50 years ago, it's Orange County, where we have so many successful stories of church growth.
Why Is It So Hard To Find Help To Pastor A Small Church Well?
Scrambling for morsels of truth about healthy small churches can make you feel like a pig digging for truffles.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
I spent decades working, praying, and learning how to be a better pastor. In addition to that, I learned and applied every church growth method I could find.
A Friendly Reminder: “Come To Jesus” Is More Important Than “Come To Our Church”
We have become so used to tethering evangelism to our church’s programming and attendance that we can forget they're not the same thing.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
This has great potential for our church's participation in kingdom growth, even if it doesn't always result in the numerical growth of our local congregation.
The 2018 CT Pastors Book Recommendations
Six recent books that will aid you in your ministry.
churches' already strained budgets. This recent book by Barna, however, offers a positive outlook for church growth. Based on research commissioned
When Your Calling Feels Like Death
Doing God's will, even in ministry, isn't always fun and flourishing.
life and growth. At times, though, I believe he prunes us. We have admiration for martyrs—people who die publicly because of their faith. We know their stories from the Bible and church
The 3 Most Common Challenges Small Church Pastors Face – And How To Help
Small church pastors need friendship and encouragement. Especially from their peers in pastoral ministry.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
We've heard and tried all the ideas, advice and “sure things” already. We need encouragement more than another surefire 5-step church growth program.
Money And The Small Church: Job One – Don’t Spend More Than You Bring In
You can’t spend your way into church growth, congregational health or kingdom impact.
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You can't spend your way into church growth, congregational health or kingdom impact. You can't spend your way into church growth, congregational health or kingdom impact.
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