Small Congregations: Having a Healthy Mindset

Karl-Vaters-200.jpgThere are differences between ministry in a small congregation and ministry in a larger setting. While similarities are important, mastering the unique nature of working with and within a small membership faith community can be the key to vibrant congregational life.

Utilizing his 30 plus years of ministry experience, workshop facilitator Karl Vaters describes the importance of small membership congregations. Small does not mean somehow “lesser” than other churches. Vaters highlights principles about leading in smaller congregations that will enable you to leverage your own unique context. You will also explore the strengths of your own specific congregation.

In this workshop, you will:

  • be affirmed in the value of your congregation and your ministry – no matter the size
  • have a better understanding of how healthy small congregations function
  • be better equipped to understand your congregation’s unique gifts, personality and calling
  • understand the tools to assess current weaknesses and leverage strengths for greater effectiveness


Karl Vaters is the author of the book The Grasshopper Myth: Big Churches, Small Churches and the Small Thinking That Divides Us. On his blog “Pivot,” he writes about innovative leadership from a small church perspective for He’s also the founder of, a ministry that encourages, connects and equips innovative Small Church pastors.

This workshop is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Eastern time) on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 in Fort Wayne. The cost is $30 per person (or $25 per person for congregational teams of three or more registered together). This fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and a copy of the book Dirt Matters by Jim Powell. Workshops limited to Indiana congregations.

How can you maximize your learning in this workshop and others? Check out this Center for Congregations article, "Getting the Most from an Education Event."