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CATALYST CONFERENCE - October 17, 2020


Thanks for a great event!

"Helping Small Churches Thrive"

with Special Guest, Karl Vaters (see

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CEM’s Catalyst Conference took place on Saturday, October 17, 2020, at First Church of Christ in Ankeny, Iowa. Guest speaker Karl Vaters shared that 90% of all churches are considered “small” (under 200 people), yet “small church ministry” resources are rare.


With a focus specifically on helping small churches thrive, Karl laid out ways small churches can discover their unique DNA and effectively equip God’s people for works of service (Eph 4:11-12).

Over 60 church staff and volunteer ministry leaders joined us for Catalyst 2020. The overwhelmingly positive response showed through, with comments such as, “This gives me more hope; I have been beating myself up too much,” and “We needed this perspective on how to be an effective small church.”


We thank Karl Vaters, First Church of Christ, and volunteer helpers for a successful event!


Find out more about Karl's books by clicking on their thumbnail photo. Other books authored by Karl includes, "The Grasshopper Myth" and "The Church Recovery Guide."

CEM Banquet 2020


Thank you to all who joined us!


A big thank you to Rising Sun Church of Christ (Pleasant Hill, Iowa) for allowing CEM the use of their facilities.


Here are a few photos of the event >>