Taught by Karl Vaters
Session 1: Redefining Success In Ministry
What is The Grasshopper Myth?
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
- Reality #1: 80-90% of churches will neverbe larger than 250 people
- Reality #2: 99.9% of pastors willpastor a small church for at least some time in our ministry
- Reality #3: You can lead a small church well, without settling for less
Don’t fall for IKEA Envy
Many big church principles don’t translate well to a small church context
The law of large numbers: the bigger the crowd, the more predictably they behave
Big church principles center on process, systems & curriculum
- Small church principles center on relationships, culture & history
Big changes come from small places
Session 2: Casting Vision – A Small Church Alternative
- The Sweet Spot: God, the Church & the Pastor’s Hearts Meet
- The Default: God & the Pastor, but not the Church
- The Listening Place: God & the Church, but not the Pastor
- The Danger Zone: The Church & the Pastor, but not God
The Acts 2 Model for Vision-Casting
How I Was Taught Vision-Casting
It’s OK for a pastor’s vision to be helping people fulfill their vision
Some churches need a John Adams’ inauguration moment
- When the priesthood of believers moves from theory to reality by training disciples
Questions to Ponder:
- How could the Acts 2 model help my pastoral ministry?
- What can I do to reverse the flow of information from the congregation to the leadership?
- What can I do to start increasing the size of my church’s God/Church/Pastor Sweet Spot?
Session 3: Becoming a Great Small Church
What does a healthy small church look like?
Discover what your church does well, then do it on purpose
Take a regular, honest assessment of every ministry
- Use the building to serve people, not vice versa
Session 4: Discipleship In the Small Church
Create a farm team by equipping the saints to do ministry
- Follow up
Start with one
- 10, 50, 100, 1,000
- Look for Level 10 leaders, first
Find leaders by looking for servants
Session 5: What Do I Do When I Get Home?
Use the “closet rule” for ministries: Don’t add a new one until you’ve dropped an old one
- What does your church do well, that you would like to do more of?
- What does your church do poorly, that you would like to do less of?
Move out of a destination mindset and into a process orientation
- Churches can handle change, but they don’t like to be surprised
- Give the leaders time to ponder big decisions
Questions to ponder:
- What does my church do well, that we could do more of?
- What does my church do poorly, that we should do less of?
- Does my church have more of a destination mindset, or a process orientation? Express as a percentage. (50/50, 40/60, etc.)
- Is this a healthy balance? If not, what can I do to help bring it into a better balance?
Karl Vaters • CornerstoneFV.com