Karl Vaters is the author of five books, including the brand-new De-Sizing the Church: How Church Growth Became a Science, Then an Obsession, and What’s Next.

Karl’s other books are:

Karl produces resources for Helping Small Churches Thrive at KarlVaters.com.

His heart is to help pastors of small churches (up to 90 percent of us) find the resources to lead well, and to capitalize on the unique advantages that come with pastoring a small church – something virtually every pastor will spend at least some of their ministry years doing. He also believes that big and small churches can and should work together more often – to the benefit and blessing of everyone.

Karl also hosts a bi-weekly podcast, The Church Lobby: Conversations on Faith & Ministry. Episodes feature in-depth interviews about the topics that concern pastors, especially those who minister in a small church context.

Karl has served in small-church ministry for over 40 years, so he speaks and writes from decades of hands-on pastoral experience. He and his wife, Shelley have three children and two grandkids.

Photos and Logos

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Social Media Links


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  • https://www.facebook.com/KarlVatersMinistry
  • https://www.instagram.com/karlvaters/
  • https://www.youtube.com/c/karlvatersministry
  • https://twitter.com/KarlVaters
  • https://amazon.com/Karl-Vaters/e/B00AWGCU2S?ref_=dbs_p_pbk_r00_abau_000000


If you’re interested in having Karl speak to your group, check out Karl’s Speaking Menu for a selection of topics and a contact form to get in touch.

Mailing Address 

Karl Vaters • 10394 El Monterey Ave. • Fountain Valley, CA 92707