As part of my series on church planting and incarnational living in rural areas and small towns, I wanted to recommend a helpful resource. Tom Nebel’s book, Big Dreams in Small Places, focuses on the joys and challenges of church planting in smaller communities. Increasingly, smaller towns and rural areas are underchurched, representing unreached people groups.
Speaking from firsthand experience, Tom gives a realistic picture of what it means to live missionally and incarnationally in these less populated areas. A different strategy is called for in this context– both organizationally and relationally. I’d highly recommend Big Things in Small Places to anyone interested in rural or small town church planting.