Small towns are big mission fields that are almost totally neglected by modern church planters & leaders. City ministry has become, for many, the definition of godly ministry. However, we need to hear a call to take the gospel everywhere, big or small, because that is what Jesus told us to do.
The purpose of this book and website is to remind people, including church planters and leaders, of this truth so that we can begin to see a shift in church culture towards focusing equally on both big cities and small towns. Our hope is that this will lead to great churches in every small town around the world making much of Jesus.
This website is a way to connect with Donnie, the author of Small Town Jesus, and engage other church leaders so we can learn from and encourage one another. We also hope this website will serve as a resource hub for all things related to small towns and rural areas.
Click here to read about why rural America desperately needs the Gospel.
The heart of the Small Town Jesus website is to help those seeking to do church planting and church revitalization in small towns by giving opportunities for planters and existing pastors to rally together, learn from each other so we can better advance the gospel in small towns.
We would love to know more about you as we seek to resource people interested in small town ministry. Click above to get a FREE CHAPTER from Small Town Jesus.
Donnie Griggs was born and raised in a small town called Morehead City, in coastal North Carolina, where he planted One Harbor Church. Growing up in a small town in Eastern North Carolina, if you wanted to have fun, you had fun outside in the woods or in the ocean.
Larry Osborne, Pastor & Author, North Coast Church
“Over 33 million people live in small town America. These people matter to God. Yet you'd never know it by reading the books and attending the conferences aimed at church planters. It's all about the cities. It's as if small towns and the people who live there don't exist. Donnie Griggs has written an important corrective with passion, steely logic, and powerfully practical insights showing that small towns not only matter to God, they should matter to us.”
- Larry Osborne, Pastor & Author, North Coast Church
PJ Smyth, Advance Movement of Churches
“I know this man. I know his church. I know his town. And I wholeheartedly recommend this book to you. It will boost both your faith and knowledge to see Jesus do a big work in small towns…and big cities for that matter.”
- PJ Smyth, Advance Movement of Churches
Jim Tomberlin, Multi-Site Solutions
“The neglected rural back roads of America are the new frontier for church expansion and multiplication. Donnie Griggs is one of the trailblazers showing the way. Small Town Jesus is a must reading for every pastor and church planter who want to make a difference in small town America.”