Karl Vaters

Karl Vaters

Hi, I'm Karl and I'm a Small Church Pastor

I've been a Small Church Pastor for about 30 years. The most recent 20 years in my current church, Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Fountain Valley, California.

I wrote The Grasshopper Myth because I got tired of looking for books, seminars, websites, anything that would address what it was like being the pastor of a Small Church.

I've read all the pastoral ministry books and attended all the seminars, just like other Small Church pastors. And I've found great help from many of them. But, after a while, I started getting frustrated with the books and seminars because all the "can't miss" principles for growing my church ... did miss.

My church stayed small.

But it was (and is) a good church. And I was (and hopefully still am) a good pastor. So I started asking myself some questions about Small Church ministry.

"Why didn't anyone tell me it would be like this?"

"Why can't I find help to understand how to do that?"

"Why does it feel like I'm on my own, learning by trial-and-error most of the time?"

I started writing those questions down.

That led to writing down my experiences and life-lessons. Those notes were scattered all over my computer, notepads, napkins and the inside of my head for years.

I kept asking myself and a few close friends, "Why doesn't someone write about this stuff?" Then I realized, after a friendly nudge or two, that this "someone" might be me.

So I gathered all those random thoughts, ideas, frustrations and experiences together. I un-randomized them (de-randomized? ex-randomized?) and wrote the book for you that I wanted someone to write for me.

That book is The Grasshopper Myth.

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