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5 Numbers to Watch this Fall
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5 Numbers to Watch this Fall. Travis Stephens. September through November has always been a season of growth at the church I serve. They're the key to church growth.
Cybersecurity Month: Smart Devices in the Home and Office
How some easy steps can prevent your most common devices from becoming a threat.
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There's been explosive growth in the number of IoT devices available, from thermostats, security cameras, and wireless printers to smart speakers like Google Home. What's the risk?
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.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
I'm grateful for the church growth movement. But I want more. In the last 40 years, church growth has moved from an indefinable mystery to a quantifiable science.
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.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
You're trying to help it become less small and less struggling, but all the “can't miss” answers from the latest church growth conferences never seem to work for you.
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?"
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
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.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
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
What You Need to Know About Compensation Surveys
Used correctly, good surveys are helpful tools for setting fair and reasonable compensation.
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reasonable, and competitive wages. Salary survey data can also be used by church leadership to plan for growth and for recruiting new, high-performing talent.
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.
Why We Stopped Taking Attendance At Our Church For A While
Getting more precise numbers wasn’t going to fix the obvious problems or identify the undiscovered ones.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
As the church grew, I calculated growth patterns, percentages, demographics, you name it. I found that counting wasn't just important and helpful, it was fun. When we were growing.
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
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).
‘What Should I Do to Become a Pastor?’
I work for a seminary, but my advice for aspiring ministers doesn’t start there.
The church community can provide many sets of eyes to observe and assess their readiness for This growth in self-awareness will serve future pastors well for years of effective ministry.
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.
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.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
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.
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
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
Celebrating 50,000 Baptisms – No Matter How Many Churches It Takes
Saddleback Church deserves to be honored for baptizing 50,000 people over the last 38 years. But we should never limit our attention to churches with outsized numbers.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Small Church MinistryAugust 22, 2018. Celebrating 50,000 Baptisms – No Matter How Many Churches It Takes Saddleback Church deserves to be honored
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.
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.
We recommend this Building Church Leaders training tool: Spiritual Disciplines Assessment Pack It wasn't a church sanctuary filled with 3,000 people, but it might as well have been.
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