Montreat 2016

Why Do We Need Small Churches?

by Karl Vaters


What is The Grasshopper Myth?

TGM box sale 250cThe false impression that our small church ministry is less than what God says it is because we compare ourselves with others.

All the people we saw there are of great size…We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them. – Num 13:32-33


Over 1 billion people choose to worship God in small churches


 Per capita, small churches

  • Baptize more new believers
  • Give more money
  • Send more people into ministry
  • Start more churches

…than big churches


Small is not a problem, a virtue or an excuse


New generations will not build the kind of churches their parents built


Challenges for the current and future church

  • The way people give is changing
  • The way people commit is changing
  • The way people attend is changing
  • The way people trust is changing
  • Brand loyalty is dead


When thinking small saved the world


Karl Vaters • • • @KarlVaters