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Karl Vaters

Karl Vaters has been a small church pastor for 30 years and is currently the teaching pastor at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Fountain Valley, California. He is author of The Grasshopper Myth: Big Churches, Small Churches, and the Small Thinking that Divides Us and Small Church Essentials: Field-Tested Principles for Leading a Healthy Congregation of Under 250. You can learn more about Karl at www.KarlVaters.com. Karl and his wife, Shelley, have three kids (Veronica, Matt, and Phil) and one son-in-law (Sam).

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10 Principles to Recalibrate Church

By: Karl Vaters
September 02, 2020

Guest post by Karl Vaters The church is not dying. It’s in fine shape. Jesus said He’d build it, and He is. Relentlessly and beautifully. But individual congregations, denominations, and ideologies? Now that’s another story. While the church of Jesus around the world continues to move forward, chasing away the darkness with the light of Jesus, many local expressions of the church are watching their candles flicker in recent years. I believe the next decade or two will be critical for the Western church. The culture around us is experiencing a once-in-a-millennium shift right now—a recalibration of the way we think about everything from morality to sexuality, identity, and theology.

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3 Steps for Adapting—and Thriving—as COVID Continues

By: Karl Vaters
September 01, 2020

Guest post by Karl Vaters Everyone’s adapting now. But not all churches are adapting well. Based on everything I’m seeing, including hundreds of conversations with pastors and church leaders over the last few months, here are my three biggest pieces of advice for congregations attempting to survive and thrive in the midst of a global crisis:

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Making Space for Millennials Executive Summary

Making Space for Millennials Executive Summary

Discover the impact Millennials' values, allegiances, and assumptions will have on your church.