Rural Compassion is one of those ministries that gets better the closer you look at it. Founded in 2003 by Steve and Rebecca Donaldson, they are probably most well-known for two things: 1) providing shoes and backpacks for churches to distribute to needy kids and 2) mobilizing churches in rural communities to respond to local
“Why am I doing this alone?” That question is written on a card that sits on my desk. I look at it every day. It’s there because I need to regularly remind myself that I’ve already spent too many years trying to fulfill this challenging, exhilarating, frustrating calling of pastoring a Small Church all by
Are you one of the 95%? You know, the 95% of churches that aren’t big or mega? Then have I got a treat for you. Today’s post is about a great ministry designed for churches and leaders like us. 95Network.com is the first of a list of websites and other ministries I’ll be writing about
(Editor’s note: This post has had a significant update. It occurs in the final section.) It’s a moment that can only happen because of the internet. Yesterday I clicked on my RSS feed (a list of the blogs I monitor) and the first two headlines I saw struck me like a blow to the head.
The push to build bigger churches continues full steam ahead in many (maybe most) American denominations. In the past few weeks, I’ve received several cries for help from Small Church pastors because of the damage this push is causing. Today I’m posting two of those messages. One was a comment on this blog. The other was a