small-church pastor; author of Pivot blog on Christianity Today
In pastoral ministry for over 30 years, Karl Vaters has been the lead pastor of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Fountain Valley, California for over 23 years. Cornerstone is a church of around 200 attendees in a region of the U.S. that Karl describes as “Megachurch Central”. Not only is Rick Warren’s famous Saddleback Church about a half-hour from Cornerstone, but the area around Cornerstone is home to other megachurches and a few hundred large churches.
Karl believes small churches – which are roughly 90% of churches worldwide – are not a problem, a virtue, or an excuse. They just are. And they can be pastored well. His heart is to help pastors of small churches find the resources to pastor their current churches well and to capitalize on the unique advantages that come with pastoring small churches. He also believes that big and small churches can and should work together more often – to the benefit of each.
Karl caught the attention of many small-church leaders with his 2012 book The Grasshopper Myth: Big Churches, Small Churches and the Small Thinking That Divides Us. In 2015, Karl started a blog on ChristianityToday.com called Pivot, where several times a week he writes about innovative leadership from a small-church perspective.
The Astonishing Power of Small Churches
Innovative Small-Church Ministry
Category: Small Churches vs. Large Churches