Podcast Episode #338
Karl Vaters joins us to discuss issues found most often in small churches. However, these issues manifest themselves in any size church in any setting.
Some highlights from today’s episode include:
- Small churches are not a problem, virtue, or excuse.
- Just because your church is small does not mean you can’t do good ministry.
- There’s not a single command to the New Testament church that can’t be accomplished by a small church.
- The sooner you can assess a Sunday service or church event the better.
- Churches should purposefully and intentionally equip members for ministry.
- It is a pastor’s job (according to the New Testament) to equip others to do the work of ministry.
The five items we discuss are:
- Holding on to Stale Traditions.
- Poor or Nonexistent Planning.
- Not Enough Assessment or Evaluation.
- Too Much Inward Focus.
- Depending on the Pastor Instead of Making Disciples.
About Karl Vaters
Karl Vaters has been a small church pastor for more than 30 years—the most recent 25+ years in his current church, Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Fountain Valley, California. His popular blog, Pivot, is hosted at ChristianityToday.com/pivot and focuses specifically on issues related to leading in the small church.
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