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Rural Church Planting Webcast Resources

Link to archived webcast: Rural Church Planting

Webcast Participants

Alan Foster is the MNA Church Planter Recruiting Director and runs a cohort of pastors who labor in rural contexts. afoster@pcanet.org

Paul Joiner is the Senior Pastor at Zion Presbyterian Church in Columbia, TN. Paul is leading an effort to reach small towns with populations under 20,000 in middle Tennessee. psjoiner@gmail.com

Hutch Garmany is the pastor of Grace Community in Trenton GA and a church planting leader in the Tennessee Valley Presbytery. hutch@gracetrenton.org

Kevin Thumpston is pastor of Watershed Fellowship in Lexington, SC and oversees church planting for the Palmetto and Pee Dee Presbyteries kevint@watershedfellowship.org

Tom Powell serves bi-vocationally and out-of-bounds on a small island off the coast of Maine, serving a congregation on the Cranberry Isles. His other vocation…lobsterman. Mailtompowell@gmail.com

If you are interested in reading more about the work Tom is doing, here are some links specifically on his work:




Suggested Bibliography

The Left Behind: Decline and Rage in Rural America by Robert Wuthnow

The Unsaved Christian: Reaching Cultural Christianity with the Gospel by Dean Inserra

Small Town Mission: A Guide for Mission-Driven Communities by Aaron Morrow

Dynamics of Spiritual Life: An Evangelical Theology of Renewal by Richard Lovelace. – Talking about revivals/renewals and the Jesus Movement. Often referenced by Keller.

Alienated America, Timothy Pl Carney

Small Town Jesus, Donnie Griggs

Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance

Below are PDFs you may find helpful.

Updated on January 8, 2021

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