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Small Town Big Church Podcast

By Jon Sanders

The Small Town Big Church Podcast is all about encouraging, equipping, and challenging pastors and church leaders in small, rural towns. This podcast exists to help church leaders embrace the truth that God desires to do big things in small places!

  1. 1.
    286 – The Powerful Pivot10/22/2020
    31:07
  2. 2.
    285 – Hey Pastor! Appreciate Yourself!10/16/2020
    32:01
  3. 3.
    284 - But Seriously10/08/2020
    20:20
  4. 4.
    283 - The Most Important Hours of Your Day10/02/2020
    50:40
  5. 5.
    282 - Who is Your Employer?09/25/2020
    40:28
  6. 6.
    281 - Navigating Hiring Mistakes in the Rural Church - Interview with Matt Steen of Chemistry Staffing09/18/2020
    55:05
  7. 7.
    280 - Help! I'm Caught in the Pastor Trap! - Interview with Dan Miller09/10/2020
    45:33
  8. 8.
    279 - BONUS EPISODE - What is Your ONE Thing?09/01/2020
    23:42
  1. 9.
    278 - Serving the Church as a Pastor AND an Entrepreneur - Interview with George Kreger09/01/2020
    1:08:00
  2. 10.
    277 - Is Your Ministry Stalled? – Interview with Dale Sellers08/26/2020
    1:00:48
  3. 11.
    276 – Have You Processed Your Grief08/20/2020
    38:53
  4. 12.
    275 – Is a Small Town Revival Headed Your Way08/11/2020
    40:20
  5. 13.
    274 – What if You Change Nothing08/04/2020
    27:14
  6. 14.
    273 - Who's In the Driver's Seat?07/28/2020
    41:16
  7. 15.
    272 - Lead with Your Ears – Interview with Dr Dallas Demmitt07/21/2020
    1:00:32
  8. 16.
    271 – Let a Pro Handle Your Church Finances – Interview with Jeff Gauss07/14/2020
    44:39
  9. 17.
    270 – Three Major Problems Rural Pastors Face - Interview with Dale Sellers of 95 Network07/07/2020
    52:59
  10. 18.
    269 – Leaning Into Your Uniqueness to Reach Your Rural Community07/02/2020
    1:07:22
  11. 19.
    268 – Pastor, I Care More About You than Your Church06/23/2020
    45:39
  12. 20.
    267 – Exposing the Myths that are Keeping Pastors Stuck06/16/2020
    46:31
  13. 21.
    266 – Rural Church Turn Around – Interview with Danny Davis06/08/2020
    1:06:20
  14. 22.
    265 – Race Relations and the Rural Church – Interview with Pastor Patrick Maxwell06/04/2020
    1:04:07
  15. 23.
    264 – Is It Possible for a Pastor to Earn a Great Income?05/26/2020
    1:10:22
  16. 24.
    263 – The Journal Entry of a Defeated Pastor05/18/2020
    25:16
  17. 25.
    262 – BONUS EPISODE – What if Pastoring Didn’t Have to Look Like This?05/13/2020
    31:35
  18. 26.
    261 – 100 Things Pastors Need to Reconsider – Interview with Dave Jacobs05/11/2020
    48:49
  19. 27.
    260 - A New Resource for Rural Pastor's Wives05/04/2020
    42:18
  20. 28.
    259 – Resist the Rut04/27/2020
    32:30
  21. 29.
    258 – Growing Small to Reach Rural Communities – Interview with Shaunna Sturgeon04/21/2020
    1:01:04
  22. 30.
    257 – The Rural Church on Mission – Interview with Dr. Josh Laxton04/14/2020
    57:47
  23. 31.
    256 – Once a Pastor, Always a Pastor?04/06/2020
    27:58
  24. 32.
    255 - Three Questions for Pastors in the Corona Crisis03/30/2020
    24:25
  25. 33.
    254 – Emotional Health in a Time of Crisis – Interview with Pastor Ron Barefoot03/23/2020
    48:45
  26. 34.
    253 – Five Keys to Preaching to an Online Audience (Empty Room)03/20/2020
    34:06
  27. 35.
    252 – Identity Crisis – Interview with Tyson Priest03/16/2020
    57:01
  28. 36.
    251 – How One Rural Church is Impacting its Local Economy – Interview with Pastor Travis Lowe03/09/2020
    59:32
  29. 37.
    250 – Responding to the Drug Crisis in Rural North America – Interview with Director James Carroll03/02/2020
    38:37
  30. 38.
    249 - Your Podcast Saved My Life02/24/2020
    29:40
  31. 39.
    248 – Your BUT Needs to Change!02/17/2020
    25:26
  32. 40.
    247 – Why Ministry in Forgotten Places Matters - Interview with Stephen Witmer02/11/2020
    45:12
  33. 41.
    246 - Are You in the Right Room?02/07/2020
    22:52
  34. 42.
    245 - A Word to Down-Line Leaders in the Rural Church01/28/2020
    39:39
  35. 43.
    244 – I Find Your Vision Uninspiring01/21/2020
    31:25
  36. 44.
    243 - How Important is Church Security?01/13/2020
    51:12
  37. 45.
    242 - Meet the Rural Matters Institute01/06/2020
    22:10
  38. 46.
    241 – 5 Ways to Increase Giving in Your Church12/30/2019
    45:16
  39. 47.
    240 - Three Questions that can Change Your Life12/16/2019
    33:47
  40. 48.
    239 – I’m Called to Rural Ministry so I’m Also Called to be Broke, Right?12/09/2019
    40:28
  41. 49.
    238 – So Much Can Change in One Year12/02/2019
    36:42
  42. 50.
    237 – Five Things I’m Thankful for Right Now11/25/2019
    40:21
  43. 51.
    236 – There is a BIG Change Happening in My Life11/17/2019
    30:34
  44. 52.
    235 – Serving Those Who Serve – Interview with Anita Parks of ServantCARE Ministries11/11/2019
    41:28
  45. 53.
    234 – Do You Have a Passion for Rural Ministry? – Interview with Pastor Wade Bishop11/04/2019
    1:04:05
  46. 54.
    233 – Developing a Leadership Pipeline for the Rural Church – Interview with Pastor Matt Boyers10/28/2019
    1:08:00
  47. 55.
    232 - Interview with Pastor Jordan Wilson10/21/2019
    1:02:23
  48. 56.
    231 - Surrounded by Sleepwalkers10/18/2019
    23:29
  49. 57.
    230 - Am I Really Called to Ministry?10/14/2019
    52:02
  50. 58.
    229 – Am I Living to My Full Potential?10/07/2019
    33:24
  51. 59.
    228 - Interview at Rural Matters National Summit09/30/2019
    53:32
  52. 60.
    227 – How to Get Ahead on Sermon Preparation – Interview with Chris Meirose09/23/2019
    1:19:27
  53. 61.
    226 - Does Your Church Need a Tune-Up? - Interview with The Ministry Mechanics09/16/2019
    54:30
  54. 62.
    225 - What My Bike Ride Across Iowa Taught Me about Rural Ministry - Part 409/09/2019
    33:51
  55. 63.
    224 - What My Bike Ride Across Iowa Taught Me about Rural Ministry - Part 309/02/2019
    26:36
  56. 64.
    223 – What My Bike Ride Across Iowa Taught Me about Rural Ministry – Part 208/26/2019
    23:59
  57. 65.
    222 – What My Bike Ride Across Iowa Taught Me about Rural Ministry – Part 108/19/2019
    28:55
  58. 66.
    221 - Limiting Beliefs that Hold Us Back - Interview with Cliff Ravenscraft08/12/2019
    1:26:10
  59. 67.
    220 - A Unique Approach to Youth Ministry in Rural America - Interview with Doug Routledge of Crossroads Farm08/05/2019
    54:35
  60. 68.
    219 - When Small Communities Make a BIG Impact in the World - Interview with Growing Hope Globally07/15/2019
    41:55
  61. 69.
    218 - Examining the Call Into and Out of Pastoral Ministry - Interview with Pastor Jeff Gauss07/10/2019
    1:05:31
  62. 70.
    217 - Monday Gut Check07/01/2019
    15:29
  63. 71.
    216 - Examining Turn-Around Churches - Interview with Dr Danny Davis06/24/2019
    1:03:17
  64. 72.
    215 - "Not Me" vs. "Me Too"06/17/2019
    33:42
  65. 73.
    214 - A New Resource for Rural Pastors06/10/2019
    31:44
  66. 74.
    213 - Let's Talk About the F-Word06/04/2019
    32:15
  67. 75.
    212 - 9 Ways to Avoid a Poverty Mindset in Rural Ministry05/23/2019
    35:49
  68. 76.
    211 - Three Healthy Mindsets for Rural Ministry05/16/2019
    46:47
  69. 77.
    210 - How Religion is Messing Up Your Rural Town05/09/2019
    34:24
  70. 78.
    209 - How Well Am I Communicating with My Church?05/02/2019
    40:25
  71. 79.
    207 - The Missing Ingredient that's Holding You Back from the Next Level04/14/2019
    49:25
  72. 80.
    206 - Embrace the Future but Honor the Past04/04/2019
    56:24
  73. 81.
    205 - When Life Gets in the Way of Ministry03/29/2019
    31:52
  74. 82.
    204 - We're Better Together03/21/2019
    33:14
  75. 83.
    203 - How Hungry Are You?03/16/2019
    41:41
  76. 84.
    202 - A Few Random Updates03/08/2019
    32:27
  77. 85.
    201_-_Why_Rural_Ministry_Matters.mp302/27/2019
    50:30
  78. 86.
    200 - Why Rural Ministry Matters02/22/2019
    48:54
  79. 87.
    199 - One HUGE Advantage of Being a Small Church02/15/2019
    39:05
  80. 88.
    198 - Helping People Discover their SHAPE02/08/2019
    46:53
  81. 89.
    197 - Rural Church RESCUE - An Interview with the Author02/01/2019
    1:04:11
  82. 90.
    196 - 5 Reasons Why Pastors Leave the Ministry01/25/2019
    1:07:45
  83. 91.
    195 - Jesus Gets It01/18/2019
    22:33
  84. 92.
    194 - 6 Budgeting Lessons for the Rural Church01/11/2019
    35:28
  85. 93.
    193 - The Problem with Setting Numerical Goals for Church Growth01/04/2019
    33:14
  86. 94.
    192 - Is It Really ALL About the Weekend?12/21/2018
    35:51
  87. 95.
    191 - The Danger of Refusing to Change12/13/2018
    36:06
  88. 96.
    190 - How do I Manage a Wave of Growth in My Rural Church?12/07/2018
    1:16:40
  89. 97.
    189 - The Invisible Threat to Your Ministry11/30/2018
    37:35
  90. 98.
    188 - Why Gratitude is Vital for Rural Ministry11/22/2018
    27:58
  91. 99.
    187 - Ministry is More than Spiritual - Interview with Joe Radosevich11/16/2018
    1:20:30
  92. 100.
    186 - Pastor, Protect Your Heart11/10/2018
    19:44
  93. 101.
    185 - Truths About the Rural Church with Andy Addis11/02/2018
    1:06:35
  94. 102.
    184 - How to Avoid and Overcome Burnout in Rural Ministry - Interview with Rod Veldhuizen10/26/2018
    1:05:13
  95. 103.
    183 - How God Called Me from the Pulpit to the Farm - Interview with Pastor Albert Launtenschlager10/22/2018
    52:04
  96. 104.
    182 - A New Model for Church Planting in Rural Communities - Interview with Pastor Michael Houle10/12/2018
    1:05:49
  97. 105.
    181 - Three Ways I'm Mitigating Stress in Ministry Right Now10/05/2018
    58:45
  98. 106.
    180 - How to Train Great Small Group Leaders09/27/2018
    1:05:04
  99. 107.
    179 - A Sacred Call to a Secular Career - The Benefits of Bi-Vocational Ministry09/20/2018
    1:05:38
  100. 108.
    178 - Lessons from My Sabbatical09/06/2018
    36:25
  101. 109.
    177 - How to Handle Branding and Marketing in Your Small Town Church08/01/2018
    49:31
  102. 110.
    176 - Pastor, How Healthy Are You?07/26/2018
    51:45
  103. 111.
    175 - Why Does My Church Look Like Every Other Church in America?07/13/2018
    33:55
  104. 112.
    174 - A Rural Church Success Story - Interview with Pastor Kit Potter07/03/2018
    1:08:54
  105. 113.
    173 - Big Ministry in Small Places - Interview with Patrick Maxwell06/21/2018
    1:03:24
  106. 114.
    172 - When National Tragedy Strikes Your Small Town06/13/2018
    50:17
  107. 115.
    171- Interview with Author and Pastor Glenn Daman06/06/2018
    46:13
  108. 116.
    170 - Interview with Karl Vaters05/30/2018
    48:00
  109. 117.
    169 - Creative Outreach Ideas for Your Small Town Church05/23/2018
    33:27
  110. 118.
    168 - A Rural Church Success Story - Interview with Kyle Truman05/16/2018
    50:29
  111. 119.
    167 - Is Your Windshield Bigger than Your Rear View Mirror?05/09/2018
    49:38
  112. 120.
    166 - Cancel the One-Man Band05/02/2018
    39:33
  113. 121.
    165 - Let's Build Something Great Together04/26/2018
    25:57
  114. 122.
    164 - Does Your Church Add Value to the Community?04/18/2018
    52:37
  115. 123.
    163 - Step Out of the Boat04/12/2018
    44:08
  116. 124.
    162 - Does My Church Need Another Bible Study?04/05/2018
    18:53
  117. 125.
    161 - Are Pastors Really Necessary in the Church?03/28/2018
    39:22
  118. 126.
    160 - Does Your Church Have a Compelling Vision?03/22/2018
    52:53
  119. 127.
    159 - A Crisis of Leadership03/14/2018
    51:35
  120. 128.
    158 - Why Does Your Church Exist?03/08/2018
    44:34
  121. 129.
    157 - When Tragedy Strikes Your Small Town02/27/2018
    49:07
  122. 130.
    156 - Is Multi-Site a Possibility for the Rural Church02/23/2018
    39:16
  123. 131.
    155 - How to Lead through a Name Change in Your Church02/14/2018
    45:45
  124. 132.
    154 - Dealing with Sexual Abuse in the Church02/01/2018
    39:04
  125. 133.
    153 - How to Assimilate People into Your Church01/18/2018
    57:28
  126. 134.
    152 - Don't Quit01/13/2018
    44:54
  127. 135.
    151 - Run from the Humility Police01/04/2018
    37:20
  128. 136.
    150 - A Rural Church Success Story - Interview with Andy Addis12/28/2017
    1:01:50
  129. 137.
    149 - Naked Man Running - Interview with Dave Jacobs12/20/2017
    58:27
  130. 138.
    148 - 6-Man Football and the Rural Church12/13/2017
    41:08
  131. 139.
    147 - Elevating the Dignity of the Call to the Rural Church with Bryan Jarrett12/06/2017
    47:40
  132. 140.
    146 - Advice for Young Leaders11/29/2017
    36:03
  133. 141.
    145 - Chairs vs Pews and Legalism11/22/2017
    1:01:40
  134. 142.
    144 - Christmas Preaching and Online Ministry11/15/2017
    58:26
  135. 143.
    143 - Time Management, Security Protocols, and Multi-Site11/08/2017
    49:02
  136. 144.
    142 - My Church Just Gave me Permission to be Me11/02/2017
    50:47
  137. 145.
    141 - Understanding Your Rural Community - Interview with Dr Tena Stone10/26/2017
    53:12
  138. 146.
    140 - The Benefits of Being a Bi-Vocational Pastor10/17/2017
    1:21:39
  139. 147.
    139 - Punishment, Pruning, or Positioning?10/11/2017
    45:40
  140. 148.
    138 - How Do I Fund My Rural Church Plant?10/04/2017
    46:11
  141. 149.
    137 - A New Resource for Rural Pastors09/27/2017
    47:22
  142. 150.
    136 - Embrace the Mess09/14/2017
    22:29
  143. 151.
    135 - You'll Go Farther, Faster with a Coach09/07/2017
    36:18
  144. 152.
    134 - It Can Happen in My Small-Town Church08/31/2017
    45:35
  145. 153.
    133 - Is a Campus Pastor Necessary for a Multi-Site Campus?08/24/2017
    38:28
  146. 154.
    132 - Why we are Transitioning a Multi-Site Campus into an Independent Church Plant08/17/2017
    59:31
  147. 155.
    131 - Don't Embrace a Mediocre Life08/09/2017
    49:00
  148. 156.
    130 - Identifying the Naysayers in Your Life08/02/2017
    42:53
  149. 157.
    129 - Rules are Meant to be Broken07/27/2017
    39:11
  150. 158.
    128 - How Good Bylaws Just Protected My Church07/19/2017
    49:53
  151. 159.
    127 - How to Lead Through Big Change in Your Small Church07/06/2017
    51:50
  152. 160.
    126 - How to Conduct a Wedding06/29/2017
    43:56
  153. 161.
    125 - How Should I Prepare for My Retirement from Ministry06/15/2017
    42:58
  154. 162.
    124 - A Small Town Church Success Story with Donnie Griggs06/07/2017
    56:19
  155. 163.
    123 - Why I Love Preaching with an iPad05/31/2017
    46:48
  156. 164.
    122 - Creative Outreach Ideas for Rural Churches05/26/2017
    57:12
  157. 165.
    121 - Why I Did NOT God to Seminary and Why I Never Will05/17/2017
    34:06
  158. 166.
    120 - Embrace Your Story05/11/2017
    53:36
  159. 167.
    119 - Should My Church Offer Membership?05/04/2017
    58:05
  160. 168.
    118 - A Rural Church Success Story - Interview with Pastor Tony Widdel04/27/2017
    1:06:00
  161. 169.
    117 - My 5 Biggest Mistakes in Ministry04/20/2017
    46:47
  162. 170.
    116 - The Most Important Thing Your Church Needs to Grow04/13/2017
    33:09
  163. 171.
    115 - 4 Reasons Your Church Needs New Bylaws04/06/2017
    58:04
  164. 172.
    114 - Is My Church Ready for Multi-Site? - Part 203/30/2017
    39:38
  165. 173.
    113 - Is My Church Ready for Multi-Site? - Part 103/23/2017
    36:10
  166. 174.
    112 - Who's In Your Inner Circle?03/16/2017
    51:15
  167. 175.
    111 - A Small Town Success Story with West Garner03/09/2017
    1:07:29
  168. 176.
    110 - Encouragement for When I Feel Like Quitting03/02/2017
    47:55
  169. 177.
    109 - Pastor, Please Stop Reading Me Your Sermon!02/24/2017
    47:21
  170. 178.
    108 - 5 Reasons Why Great Leaders are Walking Away from Your Church02/16/2017
    40:03
  171. 179.
    107 - This is Why You Must Screen Your Worship Team02/10/2017
    10:24
  172. 180.
    106 - Do I Have a Healthy Ministry Mindset? - Part 302/09/2017
    38:49
  173. 181.
    105 - Do I Have a Healthy Ministry Mindset? - Part 202/03/2017
    41:35
  174. 182.
    104 - Do I Have a Healthy Ministry Mindset? - Part 101/27/2017
    27:34
  175. 183.
    103 - Does Multi-Site Work in a Small Rural Church?01/20/2017
    1:12:08
  176. 184.
    102 - What Preaching Style Works Best in the Small Church?01/11/2017
    53:17
  177. 185.
    101 - Encouragement for a Young Small-Town Pastor01/05/2017
    1:08:44
  178. 186.
    100 - How to Add an Extra Month to Your Year12/23/2016
    41:48
  179. 187.
    99 - A Revolutionary Tool that will Transform Your Church12/15/2016
    36:15
  180. 188.
    98 - Are You Committed to Life-Long Learning?12/08/2016
    43:28
  181. 189.
    97 - What I'm Believing God for Over the Next Four Years12/03/2016
    42:28
  182. 190.
    96 - Am I Leading with Gratitude?11/23/2016
    38:28
  183. 191.
    95 - Is My Church Winning?11/18/2016
    50:50
  184. 192.
    94 - Solitude vs Isolation11/11/2016
    35:07
  185. 193.
    93 - A Small Church Success Story with Pastor James Johnson Hill11/05/2016
    1:02:11
  186. 194.
    92 - 2020 Vision10/27/2016
    31:06
  187. 195.
    91 - Help! My Worship Team Sucks!10/20/2016
    1:03:58
  188. 196.
    90 - The One Thing I HATE Most About Ministry10/13/2016
    35:47
  189. 197.
    89 - Are You Working IN Your Church or ON Your Church?10/06/2016
    40:15
  190. 198.
    088 - 4 Steps to Adding Amazing Volunteers to Your Team09/23/2016
    40:21
  191. 199.
    87 - Stop Doing Everything In Your Church09/16/2016
    32:26
  192. 200.
    86 - 5 Roadblocks to Change in the Rural Church09/07/2016
    33:24

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