Why We Love The Small Places

Cultivating a gospel-centered vision for small-town/rural ministry

Small Town Summits is excited to join with Small Town Jesus, Acts 29 Rural Collective and Village Missions at the Gospel Coalition’s National Convention to host Why We Love The Small Places, an auxiliary event on cultivating a gospel-centered vision for small-town and rural ministry.

Despite rapid global urbanization, many millions around the world continue to live in small towns and rural areas. God is calling some of us to live and minister in these places. More than that, he’s calling us to love small places, to see them as simultaneously more delightful and more desperately needy than our wider culture does. A whole life given to a forgotten, out-of-the way place doesn’t need to be a second-best option, a stepping-stone to greater things, or a waste. Instead, it can be a picture of the gospel of Jesus Christ. If you’re moving toward ministry, we’re eager for you to open yourself to the possibility that God may call you to a small place. If you’re currently in small-place ministry, we long for you to be encouraged. Please join us for this one-hour session and help us cultivate a gospel-centered vision for small-place ministry.


Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Cost: Free

Time: 12.15pm – 1.15pm

Location: The National TGC Conference, Indiana Convention Center, 100 S Capitol Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46225



Don Carson

Don Carson (MDiv, Central Baptist Seminary in Toronto; PhD, Cambridge University) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and president of The Gospel Coalition. He has authored and edited numerous books including Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor, about his father Tom, a pioneering church planter and pastor in Quebec.


Collin Hansen

Collin Hansen (MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) grew up on a farm in rural South Dakota and serves as editorial director for The Gospel Coalition. He is the author and editor of several books, serves on the advisory board of Beeson Divinity School, and belongs to Redeemer Community Church in Birmingham, Alabama.


Jeff Robinson

Jeff Robinson (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is from a tiny town in Georgia and is a senior editor for The Gospel Coalition. A native of Blairsville, Georgia, he also pastors Christ Fellowship Church in Louisville, Kentucky, and serves as senior research and teaching associate for the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies and adjunct professor of church history at Southern Seminary.

Donnie Griggs

Donnie Griggs is lead pastor of One Harbor Church in the small town of Morehead City, North Carolina. He is the author of Small Town Jesus, and he also serves on the leadership team of the Advance Movement of churches. Donnie’s passion is to see churches in small towns and rural areas equipped and empowered to radically engage culture and make disciples.

Stephen Witmer

Stephen Witmer is the lead pastor of Pepperell Christian Fellowship in Pepperell, MA. He is the director of Small Town Summits, a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and the University of Cambridge, and serves on the steering committee of the Gospel Coalition New England.