Big Little Church

Welcome to the online home of the ONE and ONLY annual BIG LITTLE CHURCH CONFERENCE.


Pastors and leaders of small churches who are waking up to the notion that small is not synonymous with ‘less-than’; that small and healthy are not mutually exclusive; that small may just be God’s plan.

Pastors and leaders who are not looking for another slick church-growth conference, but are looking for encouragement, camaraderie, and inspiration from those who know that there’s a lot to love about a dynamic small church.


A conference for small church pastors, by small church pastors.

Two nights and three days of celebrating, connecting, inspiring, encouraging, and refreshing small church pastors and leaders.

Worship, food and fellowship, workshops and general sessions, personal retreat time, and more.


We believe that small is not a problem to be fixed, but a strategy that God wants to use.

While 93% of churches in America are small (350 or less) and 80% are very small (less than 200), church leadership conferences tend to showcase the smallest percentage of the largest and most progressive congregations.

While attending church conferences over the years, pastors Carl & Kalani Culley found their greatest source of encouragement came from the times spent sharing with other small church pastors — their desire is to create an environment where the small church and its leaders become the focus.

Guests & Hosts

Keynote Speaker: Karl Vaters

Karl is the author of The Grasshopper Myth: Big Churches, Small Churches, And The Small Thinking That Divides Us, Small Church Essentials: Field Tested Principles For Leading A Healthy Congregation Of Under 250, and his newest release coming March 3rd, 2020, 100 Days To A Healthier Church: A Step-By Step Guide For Pastors And Leadership Teams. Karl writes the Pivot Blog for Christianity Today and is a significant voice for the small church, speaking at conferences across the U.S. and internationally. Karl is the Teaching Pastor at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Fountain Valley, California, where he has served for more than 25 years. He and his wife, Shelley, have 3 adult children and 2 grandchildren.

Keynote Speaker: Dave Jacobs

Dave is the founder of Small Church Pastor, providing encouragement, coaching, consulting, and resources for pastors and leaders of smaller churches. Dave is the author of Mile Wide, Inch Deep: Experiencing God Beyond The Shallows, Soul Care For Busy Pastors And The Rest Of Us, Naked Man Running: 100 Ideas That Work In A Small Church, and his newest book, Second Thoughts: 100 Things Small Church Pastors Need To Reconsider. Dave pastored for thirty years before retiring in 2006 to launch Small Church Pastor. Dave and his wife, Ellen, have been married for 40 years, have 5 adult children, 12 grandchildren, and make their home in beautiful Medford, Oregon.

Founders/Hosts: Carl & Kalani Culley

Carl & Kalani Culley are the pioneers of Lacamas Creek Church in Camas, WA and have pastored there for the last 25 years. They are also the proprietors of Camp Lacamas, Retreat & Conference Center.

Chris Vitarelli

Chris is the pastor of The Road Community Church, a small multi-site church in Fenton and Howell, Michigan. He is the creator of the Small Church BIG Deal Conference and author of Small Church BIG Deal: How To Rethink Size, Success, and Significance In Ministry. Chris and his wife, Jody, have 4 children and reside in Fenton, Michigan.

When, Where and How Much?

Camp Lacamas, Retreat & Conference Center
2025 NE Goodwin Rd.
Camas, WA 98607

May 18th-20th, 2020
(Option for early check-in on May 17th)

Individual Registration: $99.00
Pastoral Couple Registration: $149.00
(Includes cabin style lodging – meal packages available)


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