Smith Baptist Association Annual Meeting

Tyler, TX | February 4-5, 2024

Notes for Karl Vaters' Session

Post-Pandemic: What’s Working In Congregations That Are Thriving

Three keys to moving forward:

Congregations that are thriving in a post-pandemic world have:

  1. Resources in reserve
  2. Team-based leadership
  3. Adaptability
  4. Unity
  5. Humility


People in trauma they can’t hear explanations

  • They need familiarity and stability

Everyone has a default reaction to trauma

Denial >> Anger >> Bargaining >> Depression >> Acceptance

Address the underlying fear, not the symptomatic behavior


Recognize your own trauma first

  • Don’t let your trigger become your truth


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