Episode 41 features an interview with Karl Vaters. Karl writes and speaks about leadership in the small church, including his own blog, and a Christianity Today blog called Pivot. He is the author of a Small Church Essentials: Field-Tested Principles for Leading a Healthy Congregation of under 250 and The Grasshopper Myth: Big Churches, Small Churches and the Small Thinking that Divides Us and is the pastor of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Fountain Valley, California.
Some of What We Talk About:
- Why focus on small churches?
- What does it mean to be a healthy small church?
- Over 80% of churches are small churches (under 200 people)
- Over half of Christians are part of small churches – that is over 1 billion people.
- Why is there not more material directed toward or produced by small churches and small church leadership?
- What are the possibilities for spiritual practices that exist in a small church that may not be present in a larger church?
- Being forced to deal with conflict and how working it through provides greater health and healing.
- The beauty of multiple generations being church together.
- Why “online” church is church, but is not enough church.
- The changing landscape of culture, church, and spirituality.
- Taking time for prayer, Bible reading, and slowing down.
- What does it look like to slow down and notice the presence of God?
- Finding your own rhythm, and the best time for prayer or devotional.
Links and Resources:
- Small Church Essentials: Field-Tested Principles for Leading a Healthy Congregation of under 250 by Karl Vaters
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