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The Grasshopper Myth: Big Churches, Small Churches and the Small Thinking that Divides Us

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90% of the churches in the world have less than 200 people.

What if that's not a bad thing? What if smallness is an advantage God wants us to use, not a problem to fix?

In The Grasshopper Myth, Karl Vaters takes on some of the unbiblical beliefs we've held about church growth, church size and God's will for the last several decades. Then he offers a game plan for a New Smal
Paperback, 212 pages
Published 2012 by New Small Church
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Michael Philliber
How do you perceive your small church? Do you see it's smallness as a problem to be fixed? Or is it possible that it is small by God's own design and in his delight? Karl Vaters, Teaching Pastor of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Fountain Valley, California, tackles these questions and many, many more in his heart-lifting 212 page paperback, "The Grasshopper Myth". The book's appellation comes from Numbers 13 when the twelve spies returned from reconnoitering the Promised Land, and ten of th ...more
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In America it is easy to become obsessed with size and to equate a large size with success. However, when it comes to the Church, Jesus never told us that a large church meant you were successfully spreading the gospel. In this short book, Mr. Vaters points out that the vast majority of churches, even in America, are small churches (he doesn't like to throw numbers around in this book, but for the sake of argument he classifies a small church as being 350 regular attendees or less). Mr. Vaters c ...more
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So many times, churches and pastors measure themselves by their size. If they aren't big, that is an indictment of the pastor's ability or the people's faith. But this book helps show that the size of our church is what God wants it to be at that particular time. And rather than getting upset that there aren't 5,000 people in worship, the pastor should relax and love and appreciate the ones who are there. Not every church can be a megachurch, but small churches have advantages that big churches ...more
Cath Martin
Aug 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Karl had some good points that were worth consideration - but overall there was a repetitiveness that became distracting. It also appears that he does not entertain the thought of women in ministry as all of his examples were VERY gender bias. This book did give me some things to consider but it is not one that I could recommend to others.... well,for a lot of reasons!
Jaclyn Wynne
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book is ok, and I agree with his evaluation that small churches are just as important as their larger counterparts and they have things to bring to the table...but the book is very repetitive and at some points sounds more like the author is trying to convince himself.
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
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If you lead a small church you should check out this book. While I might not agree with everything Vaters holds, I think he is making some extremely important points that small church pastors need to hear.
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