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8 Simple—But Transformational—Words for Your Church

Encouraging, Connecting and Equipping Innovative Small-Church Leaders.

Eight words.

Eight simple words that can transform your church, your ministry and your life.

How do I know that? Because the principles behind those eight words helped transform my life and my church from being defeated, wounded and sad to being strong, healthy and joyous.

Those eight words will be the operating template for everything New Small Church does.


Pastors need encouragement. Small-church pastors need a lot of encouragement. But they get very little of it. So the first word from me to small-church pastors will always be this:

What you do matters. Your church matters. Your hard work, prayer, commitment and dedication may not be seen by many, but it is seen and appreciated by God.

We’re going to encourage small-church pastors and leaders in every way we can.


Small-church pastors spend way too much time by themselves. It’s not that they want to be the lone wolf, wandering the open range late on Saturday night in search of sermon ideas, slow and weak enough to pounce on—it just happens that way.

It starts with a lack of money and time. Many small-church pastors have to work a second job, so they don’t get as much time for ministry as they’d like. Even if they work at the church full-time, there’s little, if any, support staff. So they end up being the secretary, receptionist, gardener, janitor, computer expert, etc.

Meeting with other ministers at seminars and conferences is a luxury. There’s not enough time to spend with their family and congregation, let alone three days for a spiritual retreat.

NewSmallChurch.com can’t solve those problems. But we are going to offer the tired, frustrated, out-of-money small-church leader an alternative to walking through this alone. And we’ll do it in the most convenient, cheapest way we know. (Free is cheap, right?)

This blog.

This will be a place where small-church pastors can come at any time, literally 24/7/365. A place to get help, ideas, encouragement and, while not a substitute for genuine fellowship and community, a place to feel a little more connected.


What if you had a job to do, but couldn’t find the tools to do it? That’s the struggle most small-church pastors face.

Do a Google search for church growth, megachurch, house church or church planting, and you’ll find tons of great material.

Then do the same thing for small church. The choices are depressing. Not to insult the books and websites that do exist, but there are just so few of them. That’s all there is for 80 percent of the churches in the world.

New Small Church is determined to help change that by finding, creating and promoting the best resources available.

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Karl is the author of four books and has been in pastoral ministry for almost 40 years. He is the teaching pastor of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, a healthy small church in Orange County, California, where he has ministered for over 27 years with his wife, Shelley. Karl’s heart is to help pastors of small churches find the resources to lead well and to capitalize on the unique advantages that come with pastoring a small church. Karl produces resources for Helping Small Churches Thrive at KarlVaters.com, and has created S.P.A.R.K. Online (Small-Church Pastors Adapt & Recover Kit), which is updated regularly with new resources to help small churches deal with issues related to the COVID-19 crisis and aftermath.