I’m thankful to pastor a church that joyfully sends me out to minister in other places and prays for me as I serve! Here’s a talk I recently gave in Minneapolis, at Bethlehem College & Seminary, on small-town ministry.
We had a God-blessed Small Town Summit on March 18 at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, with 240 pastors, laypeople, and ministry leaders gathered from around New England. The videos of the plenary talks (and a panel discussion) are now up, and you can watch them here.
I find The Gospel Coalition podcast to be a very helpful resource — it provides great listening while I’m sweating away on the exercise bike in our basement. It’s a combination of interviews and recordings of talks that have been given at various conferences. I just listened to a one-hour talk from Paul Tripp (one of my favorite speakers) that is enormously helpful. It’s called ‘Suffering: God’s Workroom of Grace’ and in it, Tripp shares his own story of suffering in recent years together with an extremely helpful biblical perspective on suffering. Please listen to this — it will help and encourage and challenge you. Click here.
I’m excited about the November release of my InterVarsity Press book, A Big Gospel in Small Places: Why Ministry in Forgotten Communities Matters.
The cover has been designed, endorsements are rolling in, and I’m now waiting for a corrected draft to review. This book has grown out the many years of my life spent living in small towns, but particularly out of the past ten years serving as one of the pastors of Pepperell Christian Fellowship. My hope and prayer is that the book will help and encourage and strengthen and resource laypeople and pastors and seminary students around the world, whether they live in small, medium-sized, or large places.
To see a Table of Contents and the endorsements that have arrived already, click here: A Big Gospel in Small Places.
Our recent Small Town Summit at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, on March 18, was an extraordinary day of teaching, conversation, eating, singing, and building a theological vision for small-town/rural ministry. Tim Counts has written an excellent report of the Summit, and that report is on the Gospel Coalition website: ‘Don’t Underestimate Small-Town Ministry.’
The photos below are courtesy of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.