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.
Bent Tree is a ministry newly part of Mission to North America, and offers gatherings for “rest, wisdom, and fellowship” for pastors. Small town and rural pastors may find these gatherings helpful. For more information on 2020 gatherings, go to https://bent-tree.org/esprit-de-corps/ .
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 email@example.com.