Podcast Episode #425
Karl Vaters joins us once again to talk about how small churches should focus on growing healthier—not necessarily larger.
Some highlights from today’s episode include:
- With churches, bigger is not always equal to healthier, and we need to focus more on health than size.
- Church health should be measured in three big buckets: fulfilling the Great Commission, fulfilling the Great Commandment, and equipping the saints to do the work of ministry.
- Church health is not the means to an end. It is the goal itself.
- Pastors of small churches are just as valuable in the Kingdom of God as those who pastor large churches.
About Karl Vaters:
About Small Church Essentials:
Big churches get all the love. Articles, books, conferences—they mostly feature leaders of large congregations. Yet big churches are a small part of the ecclesial landscape. In fact, more than 90 percent of churches have fewer than 200 people. That means small churches play a big part in what God is doing in America.Small Church Essentials is for leaders of these smaller congregations. It encourages them to steward their role well, debunking myths about small churches while offering principles for leading a dynamic, healthy small church.
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