The Grasshopper Myth

The Grasshopper Myth Hits a Major Milestone!

Testimonies come in every day from church leaders who have read The Grasshopper Myth.

“A burden is lifted off my shoulders.” “I have a renewed vision for what my church can really be.” “Like a lot of cool water to a parched soul.” “God has given me new strength, joy and hope for my great small church!”

As I read words like these, it causes me to pray every day, “God, I don’t know what you’re doing with this, but whatever it is, please help me not to screw it up.”

Not exactly the poetry of The Serenity Prayer, but it’s just as sincere.

Here’s the latest sign of how many people are being touched by this little-book-that-could. While doing a quick inventory of books for our internal record-keeping, I realized that at some time in the past month or so…

We sold our 5,000th copy of The Grasshopper Myth!

Stop Thinking Like a Big Church

In a big church, the ranching/spiritual triage model makes sense. There’s no way one person can care for thousands of people individually. A well-trained team of staff and volunteers is essential to every aspect of ministry.

In a Small Church, when the pastor stops doing hospital visits, ceases having an open door policy and starts delegating those responsibilities to others, the congregation members feel neglected and unimportant.

Then they start looking for another church. I know. I’ve experienced it first-hand.

I’m not the only one with this experience. I’ve talked to many discouraged pastors with stories just like mine, who tried the rancher model only to find their congregation members feeling neglected.

That neglected feeling is understandable. After all, when Jesus commissioned Peter, he told him, “feed my sheep” not “tend my ranch”. The ranching model tells us that our primary focus needs to move from “doing the caring” to “develop and manage a system of care” for the body we serve. There’s just one problem with that. As a pastor friend of mine says, “People want to be pastored, not spiritually managed.”

The Grasshopper Myth Is Going International – And You Can Help

It’s obvious when the Lord is really doing something. Because when he does it, not only is it something we couldn’t do ourselves, but as the Apostle Paul wrote, “he is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope.” (Ephesians 3:20) That’s what’s happening right now with two incredible opportunities for …

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The Grasshopper Myth’s First Foreign Language Edition – It’s Not What You’d Expect

It’s time for some BIG personal news! I’ve been invited to speak at the national minister’s conference in the country of Croatia on September 28 of this year, for a very special event. The official launch of Je Mit Grasshopper! The Grasshopper Myth is being translated into the Croatian language. If you’re wondering how this happened, …

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The Grasshopper Myth’s First Foreign Language Edition – It’s Not What You’d Expect

It’s time for some BIG personal news! I’ve been invited to speak at the national minister’s conference in the country of Croatia on September 28 of this year, for a very special event. The official launch of Je Mit Grasshopper! The Grasshopper Myth is being translated into the Croatian language. If you’re wondering how this happened, …

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Small Churches Are a Big Deal (A Review of “The Grasshopper Myth”)

Last month, Dixie Phillips, from “SGN Scoops” magazine, interviewed Karl Vaters about the origins of The Grasshopper Myth and NewSmallChurch.com. That interview, and Phillips’ review of the book, were combined into an article entitled “Small Churches Are a Big Deal”, which was printed on pages 25-26 of the April 2013 edition of SGN Scoops.  Today’s post is a reprint of that review/interview. …

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Small Churches Are a Big Deal (A Review of “The Grasshopper Myth”)

Last month, Dixie Phillips, from “SGN Scoops” magazine, interviewed Karl Vaters about the origins of The Grasshopper Myth and NewSmallChurch.com. That interview, and Phillips’ review of the book, were combined into an article entitled “Small Churches Are a Big Deal”, which was printed on pages 25-26 of the April 2013 edition of SGN Scoops.  Today’s post is a reprint of that review/interview. …

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