Karl Vaters

Could You Be OK Giving Your Success Away?

We want numbers to verify our successes. There are two huge problems with that sentence – and they’re found in the words “numbers” and “our”. First, not all successes have numbers to verify them. Second, the successes of the church are not our successes. We need to start getting comfortable, in the first instance, with …

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No TLCs (Timid Little Churches)

New Small Church is not about timid little churches. It’s not about pastors and leaders who operate out of guilt or fear. It’s not about congregations that don’t want to move forward. And it’s definitely not about settling for less. It is about discovering who we are as churches, leaders and congregations, then using that …

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Bigger Fixes Nothing: 7 Great Ideas for Small Churches from Robert Irvine & Gordon Ramsay – Part 2

Restaurant experts know that telling a hard-working, exhausted restaurant owner to build a bigger restaurant is not a wise or helpful strategy. Church leaders need to figure that out, too. Instead of telling hard-working, exhausted pastors of struggling congregations to build bigger churches, let’s help them build healthy Small Churches. This is the second of a …

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Bigger Fixes Nothing: 7 Great Ideas for Small Churches from Robert Irvine & Gordon Ramsay – Part 1

Inspiration can come from unlikely places. But innovators can’t just look in the usual spots. Gordon Ramsay and Robert Irvine are world-class chefs and restaurant owners. On their shows, Kitchen Nightmares and Restaurant: Impossible, they try to turn someone else’s struggling restaurant into a thriving business again. The principles they use are time-tested and valid, even if the theatrics …

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Your Church IS Big Enough

So you’re a Small Church pastor. Me too. Have you ever felt like that’s not enough? Me too. Today I have good news for both of us. Your church is big enough. Right now. Today. At its current size. Your church is big enough to do what Jesus has called you to do, and to …

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Thank You, Cornerstone

There are a lot of people to thank for this website being a reality. And it all starts with the great people of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship. A whole lot of what we’ll be doing on this website is thanks to Cornerstone. The lessons we’ve learned, the mistakes we’ve made and the great ministries that have …

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