Tim Keller recently wrote an affectionate recommendation of small town ministry. It reminded me of my own story as a pastor’s son in small town in Nebraska. (How small? The church doesn’t have a website.)
Young pastors or seminarians often ask me for advice on what kind of early ministry experience to seek in order to best grow in skill and wisdom as a pastor. They often are surprised when I tell them to consider being a ‘country parson’ — namely, the solo pastor of a small church, many or most of which are in non-urban settings.
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