- “Wherever there’s the curse, there needs to be the Gospel, and the curse is very much present in small towns.”
- Small towns are never “financial hubs,” Coyer points out. And numerical growth is limited. That brings financial challenges, which often require the church planter to be bi-vocational.
- “You need to figure out what you can do well and keep it simple. It’s a more organic than programmatic approach to ministry.”
- Another common challenge is relationships. People tend to stay in small towns because of lifelong friends and family, which means long-time residents don’t need new friends. That makes it hard to create small groups and build community.
- Church planting in small towns is a long-term process. “These are not areas for someone with a short-term view of growth,” Coyer advises. Herrera agrees. “You have to think, ‘This is going to be my home, it’s where I’ll serve long term.’ [We’re planting] a church that will be here for generations.’”
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