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Redefining Success In Ministry (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. – Numbers 13:32-33


Three undeniable realities of pastoral ministry:


Small is not a problem, a virtue or an excuse


Big Or Small? What’s the Difference?

Many big church principles don’t translate well to a small church context

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Big church principles center on process, systems & curriculum

Small church principles center on relationships, culture & history


The law of large numbers: the bigger the crowd, the more predictably they behave

The smaller the crowd, the more impact each person has – for good and bad



Discover what your church does well, then do it on purpose


The man who saved the world by thinking small

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