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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 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.
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.
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.
Thom Rainer Made ‘Peanuts’ as a Pastor 30 Years Ago. Today, Many in Ministry Make Even Less.
What one leader’s story can tell us about compensation culture in the church.
ManagingYourChurch.com - Article
Far from trying to take advantage of church workers, most leaders are focused on non-staff ministry—its priority in the budget, its effects on others, and its ultimate 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.
Church Attendance Patterns Are Changing And We Have To Adapt
It’s not enough be an attractional church, a caring church, or even a teaching church. We need to become an equipping church.
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Church & CultureMay 02, 2018. Church Attendance Patterns Are Changing And We Have To Adapt It's not enough be an attractional church, a caring church, or even a teaching church.
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.
Inspiring Tales of Spiritual Motherhood
5 pastors honor the women who nurtured them for ministry.
Titus 2:3–5 gives a brief glimpse of the importance of this role in the church, with Paul instructing Timothy to ask older women to act in the lives of their younger counterparts.
The Mission Deserves Margin: Minister To The Church You Have, While Preparing For More
While pastoring the people we have, we need to create in-house systems and outward ministry suitable for a church of double our current size.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Innovative MinistryApril 26, 2018. The Mission Deserves Margin: Minister To The Church You Have, While Preparing For More You can't act like a church of 500. Or even 100.
That Discussion You’re Dreading Is a Ministry Opportunity
How to dive into crucial conversations without clamming up or lashing out.
17 should be at the front of our minds when we engage in difficult conversations with church members. This is where meaningful growth, vulnerability, maturity, and formation happens.
5 More Reasons To Go To Church In Person: Sight, Sound, Touch, Smell, Taste
When all our senses are involved we learn more, engage more, enjoy more, contribute more and remember more.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
If we want to get everything we can from the church experience, we need to start by lack of face-to-face, person-to-person connection with other believers will limit our spiritual growth.
Small Church Essentials Is Here!
It’s not about wanting churches to be small; it’s about wanting small churches to be great.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
I'm discovering principles that I would not have found if I hadn't shifted my focus away from church growth. Church growth principles aren't wrong; it's just that there's more to it.
Sorry, Pastors – The Growth Of The Church Is Not Up To Us
Preaching the Word, training disciples and ministering to the community may or may not increase the number of people who sit in front of me from Sunday to Sunday.
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Church GrowthOctober 03, 2017. Sorry, Pastors – The Growth Of The Church Is Not Up To Us Preaching the Word, training disciples and ministering
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.
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Church GrowthFebruary 07, 2018. The Modern Myth Of The Persistently Growing Congregation The addition or town. Typical Church Growth. Today, as
Is the Megachurch Era Over? Yes. And No. (And Other Contradictory Answers)
Megachurches aren't going away. Nor should they. But we need to make room for other models, too.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Church GrowthMarch 29, 2018. Is the Megachurch Era Over? Yes. And No. (And Other Contradictory Answers) Megachurches aren't going away. Nor should they.
Real Church Growth Doesn’t Just Make Bigger Churches, It Heals Hurting Ones
It’s hard to say we love the church when we ignore, discourage or belittle its weakest members.
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Church GrowthAugust 29, 2017. Real Church Growth Doesn't Just Make Bigger Churches, It Heals Hurting Ones And that's where most of the growth of the church still happens today.
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
Since these two phenomena are occurring at the same time, it's easy to think that one (megachurch growth) is the cause of the other (small church struggles.).
Pastoral Training Is Changing
It's not a straight path to the pulpit anymore.
Degreed education still has value, but lifelong growth and learning is equally important.”. “They also have to work within the context of a larger church, getting along with both parents
Love God, Love People, Make Disciples – Everything Else Is Scaffolding
Every program, building and denomination is temporary. They should stay in place only as long as they are being effective.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
literally see the scaffolding of facilities, programs and events, but it's much harder to see the structure of spiritual growth. This can be especially challenging for church leaders because
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