By Karl Vaters on Jan 4, 2018
A minister with a well-nourished soul may or may not have a big church, but they’ll always have a healthy ministry.
By Karl Vaters on Dec 16, 2017
It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but Christmas is also the busiest.
By Karl Vaters on Nov 11, 2017
"Preaching the Word, training disciples and ministering to the community may or may not increase the number of people who sit in front of me from Sunday to Sunday. But it will produce a healthy church."
By Karl Vaters on Nov 3, 2017
"Every church should constantly be improving. And not just in general terms. We should always be working on specific action plans to make our church better tomorrow than it is today."
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.