Book review – Small Church Essentials by Karl Vaters

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March 10, 2020

Small churches are defined in this book as those that average less than 250 in their weekly Sunday morning worship services. That would include almost all the corps in the USA Southern Territory. Did you know that over 90% of churches have less than 200 as their average while 80% have less than 100.

Pastor Vaters contends in this book that smaller is not necessarily lesser. Much of what is written about church growth and life is written by megachurch pastors for megachurches. Some of it is relevant and some is not. In fact, in many ways the smaller church is more effective in fulfilling the mission of Christ for the world. In this handy book he outlines how a healthy congregation is more important that a large one; how to move forward in mission and how to access the function of the church.

Although written primarily for pastors, local officers who care about the ministry of their corps will find much of it relevant where they serve. The book is available in hard copy or ebook through Crestbooks.com (put title in search bar) or through other book retailers.

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