Mount Pleasant SCBD


Our speaker at this event will be Karl Vaters.

Karl Vaters is the author of the book, The Grasshopper Myth: Big Churches, Small Churches and the Small Thinking That Divides Us. 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, con

nects and equips innovative Small Church pastors.

Karl’s passion is neither to help pastors grow churches bigger or to settle for less. He believes Small Churches are not a problem, a virtue or an excuse. They just are. And they can be pastored well.

His heart is to help

pastors of Small Churches (about 90% of churches) find the resources to pastor their current church 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 of each.

Karl has been in pastoral ministry for over 30 years and has been the lead pastor of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Fountain Valley, California for over 23 years.

You can follow Karl on Twitter at @KarlVaters

Or on Facebook at


Registration and Area Information

Dining and Hotels

Recommended Hotels

Holiday Inn Express

250 Bessemer Rd, Mount Pleasant, PA, 15666 United States, 866-573-4235

Comfort Inn New Stanton    7.1 miles to Mount Pleasant

106 Bair Blvd, New Stanton, PA, 15672 United States, 866-925-8676

Fairfield Inn by Marriott        7.1 miles to Mount Pleasant

107 Bair Blvd, New Stanton, PA, 15672 United States, 866-767-0278

Recommended Dining (in addition to several fast food places)

Applebee’s – 110 Countryside Plaza, Mt Pleasant, PA 15666

Cracker Barrel – 154 W Pennsylvania Ave, New Stanton, PA 15672


Directions to Mount Pleasant, PA:

From the West: Take I-76 East to exit 75 for US-119/PA-66 toward Greensburg

Take the PA-31 exit toward Mt Pleasant/Ruffs Dale

Turn left onto PA-31 E (signs for Mt Pleasant)

Church will be on the left

Event Schedule:

Friday October 6

6:00PM Early arrival reception and Q and A with Karl Vaters

Saturday October 7

8:00-8:30AM      Check-in/Registration
9:00              Welcome and worship
9:30AM      Session 1 – Karl Vaters
10:30           Break
10:45AM  Session 2 – Karl Vaters
11:45       Bookstore
Noon     Lunch (included in your registration)
1:00-2:00PM    Session 3 – Karl Vaters
2:00             Break
2:15PM      Breakout sessions
3:15             Break
3:30PM       Afternoon Worship
3:45            Session 4 – Chris Vitarelli
5PM             Conference Ends

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