Until recently, relatively few resources have been available for ministry in small churches. Most of the resources are directed to bigger settings. The few things I could find often demonized big churches or made excuses for not trying to be a better pastor. This didn’t sit well with me, because I believe that people in small towns need and deserve good pastors and churches.
I read lots of books. I go to as many conferences as I can. I’m always learning, but I have had to sift through and find the principles. Then I had to figure out how they applied to my setting. It seems like very few writers and speakers understand how what they teach applies to small-town ministry, or if it does.
The following list contains some of the most helpful resources for me.
The Grasshopper Myth: By Karl Vaters – Small≠Wrong. I’m KJ and I’m a small church Pastor. Karl has no idea who I am, but his ministry to small church pastors has really helped me.
The Caskey Center for Church Excellence – From New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. I am a current student at NOBTS, made possible by this center.
Small Church, Excellent Ministry – Great Book from The Caskey Center.
Small Town Churches Network – The Facebook page has good stuff.