Hi, I’m Karl and I’m a Small Church Pastor
I’ve been a Small Church Pastor for about 30 years. The most recent 20 years in my current church, Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Fountain Valley, California.
Why I Started New Small Church
I started New Small Church because I got tired of looking for books, seminars, websites, anything that would address what it was like being the pastor of a Small Church.
I’ve read all the pastoral ministry books and attended all the seminars, just like you. And I’ve found great help from many of them. But, after a while, I started getting frustrated with the books and seminars because all the “can’t miss” principles for growing my church … did miss.
My church stayed small.
But it was (and is) a good church. And I was (and hopefully still am) a good pastor. So I started asking myself some questions about Small Church ministry.
- “Why didn’t anyone tell me it would be like this?”
- “Why can’t I find help to understand how to do that?”
- “Why does it feel like I’m on my own, learning by trial-and-error most of the time?”
I started writing those questions down.
That led to writing down my experiences and life-lessons. Those notes were scattered all over my computer, notepads, napkins and the inside of my head for years.
I kept asking myself and a few close friends, “Why doesn’t someone write about this stuff?” Then I realized, after a friendly nudge or two, that this “someone” might be me.
So I gathered all those random thoughts, ideas, frustrations and experiences together. I un-randomized them (de-randomized? ex-randomized?) and wrote the book for you that I wanted someone to write for me.
That book is The Grasshopper Myth.
New Small Church comes from my desire to make sure the book isn’t a monologue. To turn it into a conversation. And out of that desire came this website and blog.
How You Can Participate
I write three blog posts in a typical week. Usually on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Since these are blog posts, not sermons, there’s one ingredient I can’t supply by myself – feedback. That’s why there’s a comment section at the end of every post. I love it when you to tell me what you think. Leave comments, ask questions, tell me what works and what doesn’t, including what you’d like to see more of and less of.
Plus, you can check out out Discussion Forums, where anyone can write about anything – as long as it’s about Small Church ministry. Ask a question, answer someone else’s question, start a conversation, whatever.
If we all pitch in, everyone can get something great out of it.
That’s why I’m here. I hope that’s why you’re here.
Let’s start a new conversation.