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Workshop for Pastors of Churches Under 300 – POSTPONED

April 28, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Workshop for Pastors of Churches Under 300

with Karl Vaters – POSTPONED

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

9am to 4pm

 $20 per person

 13300 Olio Road, Wesleyan HQ Building in Fishers, IN

Karl speaks to small church pastors; addresses their needs, understands the unique struggles small church pastors face, because he is one of them.

AGENDA for the workshop:

Session 1  Redefining Success In Ministry

What is The Grasshopper Myth? (from Numbers 13:32-33) The false impression that our small church ministry is less than what God says it is because we compare ourselves with others.

                Three undeniable realities of pastoral ministry:

  • Reality #1: 80-90% of pastors will never pastor a church larger than 250 people
  • Reality #2: 99.9% of pastors will pastor a small church for at least some time in our ministry
  • Reality #3: You can pastor a small church well, without settling for less


  • Bigger fixes nothing
  • We can pastor well under the 200 barrier before trying to break through it
  • Small is not a problem, a virtue or an excuse
  • Bigger is not a plan, a goal or a strategy


Session 2  Thinking Like A Great Small Church

  • Many big church principles don’t translate well to a small church context
  • Many small church principles are specific to each congregation – how to discover yours
  • Big church principles center on process, systems & curriculum
  • Small church principles center on relationships, culture & history
  • Quality looks different in a small church than a big church


Session 3  A New Way To Look At Vision-Casting

  • The Acts 2 model for vision-casting
  • The pastoral prime mandate: to equip God’s people for works of service (Ephesians 4:11-12)
  • The three essential elements of a healthy, effective church
  • How to turn a broken church around by listening to God together


Session 4  Becoming A Heathy Church, No Matter Your Size

  • Don’t just do ministry inthe church, do ministry from the church
  • Discover what your church does well, then do it on purpose
  • Front-load the value: feature what you do well
  • Innovation happens with methods, not style or theology
  • Update your outdated building and methods without compromising your values or costing you a ton of money
  • There will always be a place for great small churches


Session 5  Finding & Mentoring Volunteers In Today’s (And Tomorrow’s) Small Church

  • Challenges and opportunities for the current and future church
  • Raising and working with leaders
  • Mentoring disciples by leveraging the relational power of small churches
  • How small churches are uniquely situated to reach Millennials

Takeaways   Attendees will:

  1. Be affirmed in the value of their church and their ministry – no matter what size it is
  2. Have a better understanding of how healthy small churches function
  3. Be better equipped to understand your church’s unique gifts, personality and calling
  4. Have tools to help church leaders assess your church’s current weaknesses and leverage your strengths for greater effectivenes

Download AGENDA for the Workshop



April 28, 2020
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Wesleyan HQ Building
13300 Olio Road
Fishers, IN 46037 United States
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