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preaching article Deal-Breakers: 7 Ways God May Tell a Pastor to Leave a Church
Deal-Breakers: 7 Ways God May Tell a Pastor to Leave a Church
Shared By: Karl Vaters on January 21, 2017
Summary: Long-term pastorates are almost always good for the church and the pastor. But when these things happen, it's time to go.
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: none
preaching article Did 2016 Expose America's (And the Church's) Fame Addiction?
Did 2016 Expose America's (And the Church's) Fame Addiction?
Shared By: Karl Vaters on January 10, 2017
Summary: The church should be providing a counter-cultural balance to our fame obsession. Instead, we feed into it.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: none
preaching article 5 Problems with Top-Down Vision Casting and a New Testament Alternative
5 Problems with Top-Down Vision Casting and a New Testament Alternative
Shared By: Karl Vaters on January 3, 2017
Summary: Acts 2 does not give us a picture of Peter hearing from God in private, then coming to the disciples with the vision.
preaching article What a Rabbi Taught Me About Keeping Christ In Christmas
What a Rabbi Taught Me About Keeping Christ In Christmas
Shared By: Karl Vaters on December 12, 2016
Summary: When people come to your church this Christmas season, they want to hear the story of Jesus. Give them what they came for.
based on 7 ratings
Scripture: none
preaching article The 4 Most Overlooked Realities of a Healthy Church Turnaround
The 4 Most Overlooked Realities of a Healthy Church Turnaround
Shared By: Karl Vaters on November 19, 2016
Summary: Many pastors say “I want this church to turn around”, when what we really mean is “I want this church to get bigger.” Those are two different goals.
preaching article 6 Things Church Leaders Need to Know About Small Churches
6 Things Church Leaders Need to Know About Small Churches
Shared By: Karl Vaters on November 12, 2016
Summary: Ninety percent of the churches on earth are under 200 people. Eighty percent are under 100. There may be no segment of the church that is more normative. But they may also be the most misunderstood.
preaching article Ministering to Millennials by Leveraging the Relational Power of Healthy Churches
Ministering to Millennials by Leveraging the Relational Power of Healthy Churches
Shared By: Karl Vaters on October 28, 2016
Summary: We need to lean away from the church-as-business model and into the church-as-relational-community model. Love God and love others.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: none
preaching article Why Millennials Won't Build the Kinds of Churches their Parents Built
Why Millennials Won't Build the Kinds of Churches their Parents Built
Shared By: Karl Vaters on October 27, 2016
Summary: We can't treat Millennials as a homogeneous group. We have to minister to them as individuals, instead.
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: none
preaching article Why Successful Churches Aren’t Turning the World Upside-Down – But the Outcasts Might
Why Successful Churches Aren’t Turning the World Upside-Down – But the Outcasts Might
Shared By: Karl Vaters on October 14, 2016
Summary: Jesus was the most culture-challenging, paradigm-shifting, tradition-breaking, change agent who ever lived.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: none
preaching article Epidemic: Another Pastor Burned Out and Quit Last Sunday
Epidemic: Another Pastor Burned Out and Quit Last Sunday
Shared By: Karl Vaters on September 28, 2016
Summary: It never gets easier. No matter how many times you hear about it. And we're hearing about it a lot more lately. In epidemic numbers.
preaching article We Followed the Steps- Where's the Church Growth
We Followed the Steps- Where's the Church Growth
Shared By: Karl Vaters on September 22, 2016
Summary: There are no guaranteed steps to church growth. Because the church is people. And people don’t come with guarantees.
preaching article How to Stay Healthy While Pastoring an Unhealthy Church
How to Stay Healthy While Pastoring an Unhealthy Church
Shared By: Karl Vaters on September 10, 2016
Summary: Hurting churches hurt people. Including pastors who try to help them. Here are 9 principles to help you stay strong.
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: none
preaching article Check the Mirror, Pastor – After Five Years, Your Church Looks Like You
Check the Mirror, Pastor – After Five Years, Your Church Looks Like You
Shared By: Karl Vaters on September 2, 2016
Summary: Show me a spiritually healthy church and I’ll show you a spiritually healthy pastor. Show me a spiritually unhealthy church and I’ll show you a spiritually unhealthy pastor.
preaching article 4 Steps to a Friendlier Church (The G.I.F.T. Plan)
4 Steps to a Friendlier Church (The G.I.F.T. Plan)
Shared By: Karl Vaters on August 9, 2016
Summary: Genuine friendships are becoming more rare – and thus, of greater perceived value – than any other aspect of modern church life.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: none
preaching article Why Growth is Harder In a Small Church – And Change Is Essential
Why Growth is Harder In a Small Church – And Change Is Essential
Shared By: Karl Vaters on July 30, 2016
Summary: Big churches find it much easier to incorporate new people because the bigger the crowd, the smaller the impact each person has.
based on 3 ratings
preaching article Small ≠ Broken: 5 Steps to Greatness In a Small Church
Small ≠ Broken: 5 Steps to Greatness In a Small Church
Shared By: Karl Vaters on July 13, 2016
Summary: Where are all the great small churches? Would you know one if you saw one? They exist. There’s no doubt about that. There are great small churches in every country, serving every ethnic group and in virtually every language. They worship in every imaginable liturgical style and they meet in every type of building – including no building at all.
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: none
preaching article The First Step to Sparking Innovation In a Stuck Church
The First Step to Sparking Innovation In a Stuck Church
Shared By: Karl Vaters on June 30, 2016
Summary: Church leaders need to spark the creativity of innovative believers by figuring out how to say yes to their passion.
preaching article 9 Bad Habits that Limit a Church's Ministry Capacity
9 Bad Habits that Limit a Church's Ministry Capacity
Shared By: Karl Vaters on June 18, 2016
Summary: It’s not about church growth. Or working harder. It’s about doing smarter ministry with our church’s current resources.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: none
preaching article Why Didn't the Disciples Ask Jesus How to Measure Success?
Why Didn't the Disciples Ask Jesus How to Measure Success?
Shared By: Karl Vaters on June 13, 2016
Summary: Imagine this scenario. Jesus is meeting with the disciples. He’s been training them for three years. He’s died, risen again and walked with them in resurrection power for almost 40 days. As the day of his ascension draws near, he gathers them together to reiterate The Great Commission.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Luke 14:23 Luke 15:7
preaching article Why No One Cares About Your Mission Statement – And Neither Should You
Why No One Cares About Your Mission Statement – And Neither Should You
Shared By: Karl Vaters on May 30, 2016
Summary: Does your church have a mission statement? Could most of the people in your church repeat it? If the answer is ‘no’, I have one word for you. Relax.
Scripture: none
preaching article Don't Like Small Churches? Me Neither
Don't Like Small Churches? Me Neither
Shared By: Karl Vaters on May 10, 2016
Summary: The problems most people have with small churches aren’t about size, they’re about sickness. And sickness can happen in churches of any size.
based on 5 ratings
Scripture: Genesis 1:15-6:23
preaching article Church Members Don't Want a Hero, They Want a Pastor
Church Members Don't Want a Hero, They Want a Pastor
Shared By: Karl Vaters on May 5, 2016
Summary: Church members aren’t looking for super-pastors, they want basic pastoral competence, honesty and leadership. That’s what they ought to expect.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: none
preaching article Why Church Growth Is a Shockingly Inexact Science
Why Church Growth Is a Shockingly Inexact Science
Shared By: Karl Vaters on April 26, 2016
Summary: "There is no surefire method for numerical church growth. Period."
based on 1 rating
Scripture: none
preaching article Pastoring Shouldn't Be this Hard (With 4 Steps to Make It Easier)
Pastoring Shouldn't Be this Hard (With 4 Steps to Make It Easier)
Shared By: Karl Vaters on April 15, 2016
Summary: Our obsession with numerical growth may be the unseen culprit behind a lot of burnt out pastors and unhealthy churches. Here's a short list to help you make the task of pastoring less burdensome and far more joyful.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: none
preaching article The Best Way to Promote Church Growth? Support Small Churches
The Best Way to Promote Church Growth? Support Small Churches
Shared By: Karl Vaters on March 22, 2016
Summary: I want as many people as possible, all over the world, to know Jesus. The good news of the gospel can’t be confined within the walls of my church, the distinctives of my denomination, the borders of my country, or the customs of my culture.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: none
preaching article Tell a Better Easter Story
Tell a Better Easter Story
Shared By: Karl Vaters on March 16, 2016
Summary: This Easter, let's get out of the way and let the cross tell the story of Easter.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 20:1-20
preaching article 27 Benefits of Putting an Expiration Date On New Ministries In Your Church
27 Benefits of Putting an Expiration Date On New Ministries In Your Church
Shared By: Karl Vaters on March 10, 2016
Summary: Here's a great way open your church up to innovative new ideas by minimizing the risk – or at least the sting – of failure.
Scripture: none
preaching article 4 Signs Your Church May Not Need Small Groups
4 Signs Your Church May Not Need Small Groups
Shared By: Karl Vaters on February 27, 2016
Summary: When it comes to small groups, what works for big churches may not work for small churches.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Psalms 69:1-25
preaching article 11 Reasons To Protect Your Spirit From The Demands of Ministry
11 Reasons To Protect Your Spirit From The Demands of Ministry
Shared By: Karl Vaters on February 17, 2016
Summary: Pastoral ministry can be hazardous to our spiritual health. But it doesn’t need to be.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: none
preaching article Are We More Invested In Bringing People to Church or Jesus?
Are We More Invested In Bringing People to Church or Jesus?
Shared By: Karl Vaters on February 8, 2016
Summary: Church attendance should be a tool to help people draw closer to Jesus. Not the other way around.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Matthew 28:19-20