On episode #78, we talk with Karl "the Shark" Vaters about the astonishing power of small churches! This coincides with his 7th of 12 "Essential" blog posts on his blog and website at NewSmallChurch.com. Karl Vaters is one of our monthly partners who talks with us about all things small church ministry.
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We talk with Karl about the strategy that God is using by placing small churches, or 200churches, all over the globe in every country, proclaiming through word and deed the Gospel of Jesus. These small churches (including ours and yours!) are living out the Kingdom values of Jesus in their communities.
As we pastor these churches we can partner with each other for encouragement and relationship, and in this way work together for the advancing of the Kingdom of God! The fact that our churches are small is not a problem, but in fact an advantage as we are able to reach out to people who are, by nature of their very wiring, averse to large churches.
Many people just fit better within a small church context. They would never regularly attend a megachurch simply because God has wired them for small contexts. So, our churches are uniquely positioned to reach out to them.
Therefore, we should attempt to become the best, most healthy, most ready small churches we can be to welcome and love new people. The fact that people come to our church means that we are meeting their needs. Small churches has a special role and purpose that larger churches just cannot fill or meet. Let's be thankful to God and proud of how he has made us!
Karl's goal at NewSmallChurch.com is the same as ours, to encourage healthy small churches by encouraging and equipping small church pastors. Karl's gift is writing and blogging post after post on the topic of small churches. We say that he is a rabid small church defender and encourager. Our gift is to produce a podcast episode every week that speaks to the hearts and needs of pastors of small churches, and Karl joins us in the venture, while we try to point you to his site, where you will find more great training and resources. Remember, that's NewSmallChurch.com!
Next week, on episode #79, we talk with a first time guest on the 200churches Podcast - our friend and mentor, Doug Grogan! Doug works all day every day with small church pastors and their churches. He is going to bring the heat with a ton of wisdom and ministry encouragement for you! A new voice - and a fun friend!
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