I want to draw your attention to two excellent posts regarding church planting in Small Town USA, aka rural america. First, Bob Logan shared his thoughts on a meeting he had with leaders in regards to rural and small town church planting. He writes:
“I recently had a delightful time meeting with a group of church planters and pastors who have a vision to plant churches across rural and small town areas. Now if you’re thinking of planting traditional types of churches, that can be overwhelming in a rural context. So rightly, their core strategy was not to focus on the planting of churches but on the making of disciples– recognizing that the byproduct of disciplemaking is churches. Even though it might be a very small handful of people that meet in Jesus’ name, that’s still a full-fledged church. Networked together with lots of other groups, it would be a regional church.”
It just so happens that I was at that meeting, so it’s nice to read that he found it “delightful,” though any time that Michael Gatlin shows up to a function, you know it’s going to be fun. At any rate, you’ll want to read the rest of that post.
I’m really excited that Bob also has a guest post by my buddy Ronnie Higuera, “Multi-site strategy for small town church planting?” Ronnie is talking about how rural church planting should consider how the “multi-site strategy” could be an effective solution for church planting. Ronnie writes:
“In my opinion, this may be the easiest way to start a new church– especially in a small town setting. Too many planters get stuck on an island. The mother church has a farewell party, writes a few checks, and says, “Good luck.” Using a multi-site approach to planting, I’ve been able to stay connected to a larger network which brings accountability and a huge safety net; one church, one board, one budget. I’m not an administrative guy– I want to pastor, network, and gather. I can identify children’s leaders, but not train them. We receive some wonderful support with administration, training, budgeting, curriculum, and many other areas. I can glean best practices from those with whom we partner and they help me brainstorm.”
Two great posts that you should check out if you are following the conversation around the subject of small town church planting!
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Luke Geraty is a young budding pastor/theologian who serves at Trinity Christian Fellowship. Husband of one, father of five, and deeply committed to proclaiming Jesus and the kingdom, Luke contributes regularly to ThinkTheology.org, VineyardScholars.org, and Multiply Vineyard. Follow Luke on Twitter, Facebook, or send him an email.