Presbyterian Church in America: Administrative Committee

2019 PCA General Assembly seminar “Small Churches in Small Towns – Big Ministry Where You Least Expect to Find It”

Resources for Ministry in Small Towns and Rural Communities
– helpful lists of books, websites, and training materials to support and encourage small town and rural church ministry.

Small Town and Rural Church Survey

If you are a PCA pastor, ruling elder, pastor search committee member, or any other PCA church ministry leader in a small town or rural community, please take this survey and help us better understand the needs of your church ministry.

PCA published statistics indicate 1927 churches and mission churches in the PCA in 2018. Of those, at least 45% have 125 members or fewer. This number includes smaller churches in urban areas and big towns as well as in small towns and rural areas. The actual number of small churches that fit in the “small town and rural area” range is not definite, since what constitutes a small town is somewhat subjective. For the purposes of the resources on this webpage, the focus is on small towns not part of a larger urban or metro population.

For further information, or for questions regarding ministry in smaller PCA churches in small towns and rural communities, please email