"In 2015 I was just getting starting blogging when I reached out to a pastor in South Dakota by the name of Jon Sanders. I had discovered Jon by searching for resources for small town pastors and stumbled upon his website. His website and podcast were dedicated to helping rural small town pastors learn how to grow healthy churches, which is exactly what I wanted to do. In the years since we've continued to work together to resource pastors and church leaders through our individual platforms, while dreaming and planning for something bigger down the road. The Small Town Big Church Network is the culmination of those dreams. If you're a small town pastor, this site is built for you. Thanks for being a part of our dream." - Travis Stephens
Here are 5 ways The Small Town Big Church Network can help pastors:
If you want to know a little bit more about myself and Jon Sanders, you can check out our bio's below.
Travis Stephens has served as Executive Pastor of Strong Tower Church, a small town church in Westmoreland, Tennessee for the past 7 years. As of 2010, the population of Westmoreland was 2,206 people. In 2014, Strong Tower’s average church attendance was 704 people. That equates to roughly 32% of the town’s population. In 2016, Strong Tower launched a second campus in another small town that has grown to over 300 in attendance. Travis has been married to his wife Samantha for 12 years, and they have two beautiful girls together, Layla and Presley.
Jon Sanders serves as the Lead Pastor of The RESCUE Church, a South Dakota based multi-site church with a huge vision to reach rural communities with the gospel. As a leading voice in the rural church arena, Jon hosts the Small Town Big Church Podcast that seeks to encourage rural pastors with the message that God delights in doing BIG things in small places. In addition to his passion for the rural church, Jon also works full-time as a professional firefighter/EMT. Jon is married to his wife Jessica, and they have three children, Justin, Jenni, and James.
The Small Town Big Church membership community provides you with many great resources as well as access to a private online community where you will be able to network and grow with dynamic rural church leaders from all across the country!