The First Step In Turning Your Small Church Around (Video)

Great Leaders are Great ListenersSo many of the world’s great leaders are known for their speeches and sermons.

But before any great leader can become a great speaker and motivator, they all have one thing in common. Great leaders are great listeners.

That principle is especially important if you’re a Small Church pastor, so it’s the premise of today’s video from the October 2013, Small Church Pastors’ Workshop.

In The First Step In Turning Your Small Church Around, I talk about the essential first step in becoming a great Small Church – learning to listen to God and each other.

And no, this is not a “how to turn your Small Church into a big church” teaching. It’s the first step in how to turn a less-than-healthy Small Church into a healthy Small Church.

This 33-minute video is my second talk from the workshop. It’s technically a sequel to Part 1 of Thinking Like a Great Small Church, which you can watch by clicking here. But they can be watched in any order. Each stands well on its own.

Principles that are covered in this video talk include:


Click here to watch other videos from the workshop on my YouTube page.


Download the Notes

Here are the notes from the talk for you to download and print, along with worksheets that your leadership team can use to make this teaching specific to your situation. These can be especially valuable if you want to use this video as a teaching tool.

The First Step In Turning Your Small Church Around notes  – Word

The First Step In Turning Your Small Church Around notes – PDF

Worksheet – Word 

Worksheet – PDF


Download the Slides

Here are the JPeg files for the 6 slides used in the illustrations seen in the video. Download them to use in whatever format you’d like.

PowerPoint Slides


Your Church Can Do This, Too

One of the principles of the workshop was that we wanted everything we did to be repeatable by almost any other church. So we didn’t spend a ton of money to hire a professional videographer. In fact, we spent no money on it – since that’s the usual video budget of most Small Churches.

Instead, we used someone’s iPad, strapped it to a music stand, plugged a mic into it and had a volunteer sit in the front row to oversee it. Thus, the sitting-in-the-front-row, looking-up-my nose feeling.

The entire workshop was livestreamed that day for people who couldn’t get to Southern California to participate in person. These videos are the result of that experiment – an experiment that, thankfully, worked.

So the audio and video aren’t slick and professional. But you can see and hear what’s going on perfectly fine. Not bad for zero money. And yes, you can do this in your church, too.

I want to thank three of my church volunteers who put all this together for me. Christian Pedersen and Vic Brad oversaw the setup that day. Ben Wilson edited the videos into the pieces we’ll be rolling out in the next few weeks.


So what do you think? Have you and your Small Church been listening to God together?

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(Listen Stencil photo from tonamel • Flickr • Creative Commons)

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3 thoughts on “The First Step In Turning Your Small Church Around (Video)”

  1. Hello Karl, I am trying to download the powerpoint, but I get the following:

    Oops! Try again.

    My bad. It’s nice to know Small Churches aren’t the only places where things don’t always go as planned, right?

    Where can I get the powerpoint?

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