Karl Vaters observes that there are plenty of extras that commend themselves as necessary for congregations to grow in the ministry and mission. Rather than focus on these, he commends local churches focus instead on the basics – without which no amount of extras will help. Don’t spend your time on cool new ideas until …

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Having come from a meeting today where church attendance figures were submitted, this article by Karl Vaters makes some helpful points. While there is an average number of people attending a church, in reality attendances can fluctuate between, say, thirty-five an sixty people. That difference makes a significant change in tone, and, realistically, most weeks …

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I’ll be getting a copy of Karl Vater’s book Small Church Essentials. While the main cross-cultural issue is that characterising a congregation of under 250 people as a small church in Australia is an over-reach, the observations about group dynamics in groups of varying sizes should hold true. This excerpt about who shapes culture in …

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