We Need Each Other: And 20+ More Reasons to Have a Small Church Pastors’ Workshop

Workshop cardUPDATE: We did it! A bunch of Small Church pastors got together, heard from great speakers, worshiped, then left inspired and better prepared to fulfill our calling. All by ourselves, without grown-up supervision.

Thank you to everyone who helped put it together, to those who attended in person and to everyone who watched the live-stream.

Individual videos of each of the talks are available here.

Why do we need a workshop for Small Church pastors?

I’ve asked myself that question a lot. As the workshop gets closer and the deadlines get tighter, I’ve been asking it even more.

After all, I’m out on a limb here. As far as I know, no one has ever done anything like this before, so I have no one to lean on or learn from. That’s not a complaint. It is what it is.

In many ways, I’m making it up as I go along. No, not the content. Or the guest speakers. We have some great stuff planned for you. 

But I could create and upload all that content here, like I’ve been doing for almost a year, without holding an all-day event and dealing with all the logistical issues that go along with it. Including the gas you’ll burn and the time you’ll spend getting here. So why go through the hassle of a live event?

Why Are We Holding this Workshop?

Here’s a starter list of reasons. Feel free to add more in the comment section.

  • Small Churches are different
  • Small Churches need to understand and take advantage of how and why we’re different
  • A Small Church Workshop can help us celebrate and utilize those differences
  • Some ideas taught at other church conferences apply to the Small Church
  • Many ideas taught at other church conferences don’t apply to the Small Church
  • It can be hard to tell the difference between what applies and what doesn’t
  • Small Churches are normal
  • Too many Small Church pastors feel abnormal
  • Pastoring a Small Church is hard
  • Pastoring a Small Church doesn’t need to be this hard
  • Pastoring a Small Church is easier when we learn from each other
  • There are some things I can only learn from another Small Church pastor
  • There are some things I can only learn face-to-face
  • Small Church pastors need to spend less time alone
  • Small Church pastors aren’t going to find much of what we need – so we must create a lot of what we need
  • The world needs great Small Churches
  • The church needs great small churches
  • Small Churches need to stop following and start leading
  • The task of reaching the world for Jesus is too big and too important for big churches to do alone
  • We need to do Small Church better


Because Getting Together Matters

So yes, we need a Small Church Pastors’ Workshop for all the above reasons and more.

But mostly, I think, we need it for the same reasons we go to church. It’s about more than uploading relevant information. You can’t get everything you need from a book, a DVD or a website.

We were created to be in the same room with people. Especially fellow believers. And fellow Christian leaders.

  • To hear each other’s voices and laughter
  • To hug and shake hands
  • To sing together in worship
  • To hold hands as we pray for each other
  • To chat over a good meal
  • To answer hard questions that you can’t just log off and avoid

Bottom line, We Need Each Other.


Be Here If You Can

On Saturday, November 9, 2013, I’m going to do my best to put on the best workshop I can.

But the true success of it won’t be up to me. Something special happens when Small Church pastors hang out like this.

  • Relationships will begin that aren’t on the agenda
  • Conversations will spark ideas that are better than anything in any speaker’s notes
  • Pastors will leave feeling better about their ministry than they have in a long time
  • And Jesus will smile along with us

Please pray for me, the speakers, the pastors and church leaders who come tomorrow.

If you haven’t registered yet, click here to register.

If you plan to watch the live-stream, click on the logo at the top-right corner of this page (under the countdown clock) at 9am Saturday, November 9 (Pacific time) and watch along.

You’ll also be able to interact with us in three ways:

If you want to be here, but can’t, we’ll remember to pray for you before we’re done.


So what do you think? Do you have any other good reasons why we need a Small Church Pastors’ Workshop?

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13 thoughts on “We Need Each Other: And 20+ More Reasons to Have a Small Church Pastors’ Workshop”

  1. I am not sure what to expect tomorrow. I have a feeling it may be like the very first time I attended a recovery meeting. All of a sudden I was with a group of people who are like me and who were safe.

    Over the last 40 years Pastoring five churches in three different denominations, I felt part of the body of Christ but always a little ‘less than’ in many ways. Like somehow I had not made ‘it’ yet.

    The subtlety of “Hi I’m Mike and I’m a pastor of a small church,” is a powerful and freeing affirmation.

  2. I SO wish I could be there in person! Rest assured, I will be firmly planted in my study following all the action online. My gut tells me this is important for all the reasons you mentioned, plus so many more that simply cannot be quantified. I think the relationsips, understanding, and safety of fellowshiping with others in similar situations has to be invaluable. I am already praying for tomorrow’s event. You/we may even learn enough about hosting and managing the event to be able to replicate in in other locations (did I hear someone say Texas?)!

    1. I love that technology allows so many people like you to be with us even when you can’t be “with” us, John. And who knows what the future holds for more events like this?

  3. There is so much we can learn from each other. I have often told my fellowship that small is BIG when we work, learn, and walk in the power of Christ’s calling. It’s thousands of small things that make up The Big Thing. Thank You for your commitment to those of us who tend to be minimized!

  4. Any chance of catching a recording of this momentous event after tomorrow? Sadly, I won’t be able to join in, but I really would like for me and my church to benefit from what I’m sure will be a blessed time in the Lord. Please let me know if there is a shot to experience this beyond tomorrow. Thanks, Karl, for all you are doing in Christ!

  5. I am really enjoying this conference online. I didn’t know about it until Thursday and I am thinking this would be a great conversation with a few of my key church leaders. Will this conference be made available via recorded video/DVD? I’d love to purchase it, if reasonably priced.


    1. Glad you liked it, David. The plan is to edit it into individual talks, which will be available here for free. Hopefully it won’t take long to start getting them up.

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