Myths of Rural and Small Town Ministry

There are three common myths about Rural and Small Town Ministry:


1. Rural and small town ministry is easy.

Rural and small town ministry is NOT easy! Smaller numbers doesn’t mean less planning or work. Typical duties and roles of the rural and small town pastor are:

  • Preacher (every Sunday)
  • Worship planner/leader
  • Bible study teacher
  • Confirmation teacher
  • Counselor
  • Senior pastor
  • Youth pastor
  • Visitation pastor
  • Family life pastor
  • Outreach pastor


2. There’s no ‘real ministry’ to be done in rural and small towns.

Questions to be asked about “real ministry”:

Is everyone in the community a Christian and active in their faith life and congregation?

Does your congregation worship 100% of its membership?

Is there anyone in your congregation or community that needs to be encouraged or comforted with the Gospel?

If the answers to the previous questions are “No, no, and yes” (and they will be) – there is real ministry to be done in that community, no matter what its size might be.


3. Rural and small town congregations are stepping stones, not destinations.

Sometimes, rural and small town congregations are looked at as a place for new pastors to “get their feet wet” before moving on to bigger and better things. Rural and small town ministry takes time. There’s much benefit to making it a destination and not a stepping stone.

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