Karl Vaters is the author of five books.

Get a free preview of each of them by scrolling down, or click here to find out how to purchase them in bulk at discounted rates.

De-sizing the Church


Have you read the Desizing the Church?

Get a free download of the logbook and Church Health Assessment here.

The Church Recovery Guide

Written during the COVID-19 crisis, this book encourages us that now is not the time for church leaders to cause further disruption, but to help us see a stable path through it. That’s where we’ll find not just the ability to recover, but the ability to adapt and thrive, no matter what comes next.

Available in print, ebook and audiobook.

100 Days to a Healthier Church

This is a book that’s easy to read, but challenging to put into practice. It outlines a path to health and wholeness for any church that is willing to put everything but the gospel of Jesus on the line for the sake of the congregation’s survival.

Available in print, ebook and audiobook.

Have you read the book? Get free downloads of all the worksheets here.

Small Church Essentials

Small Church Essentials has practical tools for leaders of smaller congregations. It encourages them to steward their role well, debunking myths about small churches while offering principles for leading a dynamic, healthy small church.

Based on the popular six-hour lecture that Karl Vaters delivers to church leaders across the country, Small Church Essentials will affirm small church leaders and show them how to identify what they do well, and how to do it even better. 

Available in print, ebook and audiobook.

The Grasshopper Myth

This is the book that started it all.

In it, Karl shares his story of striving, then getting frustrated and finally burnt out trying to apply church growth principles that didn’t fit his situation or calling. Then, how he rediscovered his passion for ministry in a small church context, without settling for less.

Spanish E-book

(The Spanish version is also available in print. Contact Karl Vaters directly for print-edition pricing.)

French E-book

German E-book


For bulk orders of The Grasshopper Myth, click here to contact Karl Vaters directly.

For bulk orders of The Church Recovery Guide, 100 Days to a Healthier Church and Small Church Essentials, email [email protected].