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Advisor at Large

Karl Vaters

Rev. Karl Vaters is the teaching pastor of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, a healthy small church in Orange County, California, where he has ministered for more than 27 years with his wife Shelley. Vaters’s heart is helping small churches thrive through books, conferences, and his blog at KarlVaters.com.

Vaters is the author of two books about small churches: Small Church Essentials: Field-Tested Principles for Leading a Healthy Congregation of Under 250 and The Grasshopper Myth: Big Churches, Small Churches and the Small Thinking That Divides Us. His third book, 100 Days to a Healthier Church: A Step-By-Step Guide for Pastors and Leadership Teams, will be published in March of 2020 with Moody Press.

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Accountability Systems Member access only

One basic principle and six simple steps help protect a church's finances.

8 Tips for Dealing with Church Staff and Volunteer Problems Member access only

How to have difficult conversations without losing good people