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

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

Accountability Systems

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



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Church Board Guide to a Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Policy

Church Board Guide to a Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Policy Member access only

Church leaders and boards can take relatively simple, yet effective steps to reduce the likelihood of child sexual abuse.
Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting Laws

Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting Laws Member access only

State by state laws to report child abuse.