Advancing Leaders 1-Day: Thriving Church Essentials

What takes a church from merely surviving to thriving? Join us for a day of practical training with pastor and author Karl Vaters as he discusses what it looks like to lead a dynamic, healthy church in your context. All attendees will receive a free copy of Karl Vaters new book, Small Church Essentials, and lunch is provided with your registration.


When: Saturday, January 26, 2019

Time: 9am-3pm

Location: Freedom Church

9200 Owensmouth Avenue

Chatsworth, CA 91311

Cost: $15 (Groups of 4 or more will receive a 25% discount)


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About the speaker

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

On his blog Pivot, he writes about Innovative Leadership from a Small Church Perspective for several times a week. He’s also the founder of, a ministry that encourages, connects and equips innovative small church pastors.

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 25 years with his wife, Shelley.

about advancing leaders

Every year in January, SoCAL hosts a catalytic event for leaders and their teams. These events are meant to equip leaders for the work of ministry as well as spark conversation and ideas.