Today's podcast features the Founder of NewSmallChurch.com, Pastor Karl Vaters. Karl is the pastor of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Fountain Valley, California - a 200church! Karl lives and pastors in the shadow of the giants in Orange County, CA. He and his church prove that you don't have to be a megachurch to impact your community for the Kingdom of God!
Like us, Karl appreciates the megachurches and we are grateful for the awesome ministries they provide both locally, around the country, and globally. And, we also believe that smaller churches, what Karl calls a New Small Church, and we call a 200church, are also absolutely essential in God's Kingdom plan.
Karl is going to be a regular guest on the 200churches Podcast, bringing some West Coast small church perspective. Jeff is from New York and Jonny is from Iowa - so we bring different perspectives on life and ministry to the mix. We're excited to have Karl dropping in from time to time, knowing that he has great content to contribute to our lives and yours.
Karl is providing five signed copies of his book, The Grasshopper Myth - Big Churches, Small Churches, and the Small Thinking that Divides Us, for us to give away! If you would like to vie for a copy, simply go to www.200churches.com/grasshopper, and complete the three steps listed. We would love for you to click on the links to subscribe to the 200churches Podcast on iTunes, rate us on iTunes, and send out a tweet about Karl's book. That's it!
We also want to recommend The Grasshopper Myth to you as well. This is no lightweight e-book, it's over 200 pages with a short discussion guide at the end. If you pastor in a 200church, this would be a great book for you. Here are some chapter titles:
You can buy a Kindle copy here, if you aren't interested in a paper copy.
Next week's podcast is about why we need to explore creative communication methods in our 200churches. We talk about why creativity is essential, and we share some real life examples of some of the things we've worked on recently... and not so recently! We know you'll be challenged to think outside the box, but completely within your ability to innovate in every communication area in your church.
Don't forget to go to www.200churches.com/grasshopper to enter to receive one of the five copies of Karl's book!
God bless you this week and weekend as you serve Jesus. Remember your leadership and shepherding of the people in your 200church matters HUGE in the Kingdom of God!
1/29/2014 10:51:33 pm
Thank you for insight into a small healththy church. I serve a small church of 200 members and have been disappointed that they have not grown after building a beautiful new building.
11/28/2014 11:42:09 pm
Boy am I glad the Lord led me to your ministry... I have been in the ministry for 30 years and started a church plant about 13 years ago in a rural area that exploded at first with about 250+ then through all kinds of craziness it has went down to about 130 and I have been mad, discouraged and felt that I was a failure...
11/29/2014 01:07:13 am
So happy to read your comment David! I hope you are able to listen to as many episodes as possible. Even though I've been involved in creating them, I have to admit that this podcast is God's doing. Really.
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