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"Helping Small Churches Thrive"

with Special Guest, Karl Vaters (see

Karl Vaters is the author of two books about small churches.

  • Small Church Essentials: Field-Tested Principles for Leading a Healthy Congregation of Under 250

  • 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, is written for churches of any size who want to become healthier and stronger.

Karl’s heart is to help pastors of small churches (up to 90 percent of us) find the resources to lead well, and to capitalize on the unique advantages that come with pastoring a small church – something virtually every pastor will spend at least some of their ministry years doing. He also believes that big and small churches can and should work together more often – to the benefit and blessing of everyone. 

Karl has been in pastoral ministry for over 30 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.

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 >>


One plants... One waters... God makes it grow.

1 Corinthians 3:6-9

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