By Karl Vaters on Oct 5, 2017
"We’re always decrying the rise of the consumer culture within the church. But how should we expect people to act when pastors act like CEOs marketing Jesus as a product?"
By Karl Vaters on Sep 28, 2017
"Don't force people to do ministry your way. Help them with the ministry they're already passionate about."
By Karl Vaters on Sep 12, 2017
If we prioritized health, not as a means to growth, but as an end in itself, would we be in a greater position to represent Jesus to the world?
By Karl Vaters on Aug 30, 2017
We're often told that small churches are failing at church growth. But sometimes church growth ideas are failing in smaller churches.
By Karl Vaters on Aug 22, 2017
Churches don’t become great by adding more programs. They get better at the ones they already have.
By Karl Vaters on Jun 29, 2017
How might a newcomer view your church? What barriers may they face? What obstacles could be unintentionally in the way of them connecting and finding a place to belong?
By Karl Vaters on Jun 16, 2017
Don’t just get the content right. Consider how it might feel to the hurting pastors who need your help the most.
By Karl Vaters on Jun 10, 2017
When your message is off-center, the quality matters even more.
By Karl Vaters on May 25, 2017
Following a long-term, successful pastorate is one of the hardest callings in ministry. Every pastor should do everything we can to make it as easy as possible for the next pastor and the church to do great ministry after we leave.
By Karl Vaters on May 18, 2017
Any definition of church growth that doesn’t allow for, even celebrate, churches that contribute in non-numerical ways is incomplete.
By Karl Vaters on May 2, 2017
Different sizes of churches serve different functions. And they face different challenges.
By Karl Vaters on Apr 24, 2017
Principles that make sense in a big church don't always work in a smaller one.
By Karl Vaters on Apr 10, 2017
Not every pastor is called to cast a grand, singular vision for their congregation.
By Karl Vaters on Mar 29, 2017
How can we reach our communities if they have no idea we love them? And how will they know we love them if we don’t work alongside them?
By Karl Vaters on Mar 16, 2017
We can either whine about how the new generation chooses to worship, or we can worship and minister with them. But we can’t do both.
By Karl Vaters on Mar 6, 2017
Jesus knows what happened and didn’t happen in church last Sunday.
By Karl Vaters on Feb 23, 2017
A growing number of people who do go to church don’t want to go, either. If we don’t give them something worth committing to, they’ll be gone soon.
By Karl Vaters on Feb 17, 2017
Christians should have the reputation for being the most truthful people on earth. But we don’t.
By Karl Vaters on Jan 31, 2017
If you’re pastoring a church that has or is turning around, here's some great news - and possibly your greatest challenge.