Book Recommendations

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“There are very few recently-published books on small-church and small-town ministry written by evangelicals. There are even fewer that are substantive and with a doable practical bent. This book stands out. I highly recommend it!”

Ron Klassen, Executive Director, RHMA

For more information and to purchase:

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While we don’t necessarily endorse the theological positions of some of these authors, nonetheless we feel they have made valuable contributions to rural ministry. Some of these books are out of print.

Ammerson, Nancy, et al. Studying Congregations. Nashville: Abingdon, 1998.

Barton, William. Parables of a Country Parson. Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson Publishers, 2008.

Bickers, Dennis. The Tentmaking Pastor. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2000.

Bierly, Steve. Help for the Small-Church Pastor. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1995.

Bierly, Steve. How to Thrive as a Small-Church Pastor. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1998.

Burt, Steve. Activating Leadership in the Small Church. Valley Forge, Pennsylvania: Judson Press, 1988.

Crandall, Ron. Turn Around Strategies for the Small Church. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1995.

Daman, Glenn. Shepherding the Small Church. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2002.

Dorr, Luther. The Bivocational Pastor. Nashville: Broadman Press, 1988.

Dorsett, Terry. Developing Leadership Teams in the Bivocational Church. Bloomington, Indiana: CrossBooks, 2010.

Dudley, Carl S. and Walrath, Douglas Alan. Developing Your Small Church’s Potential. Valley Forge, Pa.: Judson Press, 1988.

Dudley, Carl S. Making the Small Church Effective. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1978.

Eclov, Lee. Pastoral Graces – Reflections on the Care of Souls. Chicago: Moody Press, 2012.

Farris, Lawrence W. Dynamics of Small Town Ministry. Bethesda, Maryland: The Alban Institute, 2000.

Flora, Cornelia Butler, et al. Rural Communities, Legacy & Change. Boulder: Westview Press, 1992.

Foltz, Nancy, ed. Religious Education in the Small Membership Church. Birmingham: Religious Education Press, 1990.

Funk, Abe. Hope for the Small Church. Belleville, Ontario, Canada: Essence Publishing, 2005.

Goreham, Gary A., ed. Encyclopedia of Rural America. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 1997.

Hall, Eddy, Bowman, Ray, Machmer, J. Skipp. The More with Less Church: Maximize Your Money, Space, Time, and People to Multiply Ministry Impact. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2014.

Hughes, Barbara. Disciplines of a Godly Woman. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2006.

Hughes, Kent. Disciplines of a Godly Man. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2006.

Hughes, Kent & Barbara. Disciplines of a Godly Family. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2007.

Hughes, Kent & Barbara. Liberating Ministry from the Success Syndrome. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2008.

Hunter, Kent R. The Lord’s Harvest and the Rural Church. Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press, 1993.

Johnston, Ron. Reality Check for the Church – Discovering a Unique Vision for the Small Church. Winnipeg: Word Alive Press, 2013.

Jung, L. Shannon and Agria, Mary A. Rural Congregational Studies. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1997.

Jung, L. Shannon et al. Rural Ministry: The Shape of the Renewal to Come. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1998.

Killen, James L. Pastoral Care in the Small Membership Church. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2005.

Klassen, Ron and Koessler, John. No Little Places. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1996.

Klassen, Ron, Wells, Barney, and Giese, Martin. Leading through Change. St. Charles, Ill.: ChurchSmart Resources, 2005.

Kloppmann, Karl. A Men’s Ministry for the Small Church. Longwood, Florida: Xulon Press, 2004.

Koessler, John. Folly, Grace, and Power – The Mysterious Act of Preaching. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011.

Lacy, Brent. Rural Youth Ministry – Thrive Where You’re Planted. Loveland, Colo.: Group Publishing, 2012.

Longenecker, Harold. Building Town and Country Churches. Chicago: Moody Press, 1973.

Longenecker, Harold. Growing Leaders by Design. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 1995.

McCarty, Doran. Leading the Small Church. Nashville: Broadman Press, 1991.

McIntosh, Gary. One Size Doesn’t Fit All. Grand Rapids: Fleming H. Revell, 1999.

McMullen, Shawn ed. Releasing the Power of the Smaller Church. Cincinnati: Standard Publishing, 2007.

McMullen, Shawn ed. Unleashing the Potential of the Smaller Church. Cincinnati: Standard Publishing, 2006.

Madsen, Paul O. The Small Church – Valid, Vital, Victorious. Valley Forge, Pennsylvania: Judson Press, 1975.

Nebel, Tom. Big Dreams in Small Places – Church Planting in Smaller Communities. St. Charles: ChurchSmart Resources, 2002.

O’Brien, Brandon. The Strategically Small Church. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2010.

Pappas, Anthony G. Entering the World of the Small Church. Bethesda, Maryland: The Alban Institute, 2000.

Pappas, Anthony G. ed. Inside the Small Church. Bethesda, Maryland: The Alban Institute, 2002.

Ray, David R. The Big Small Church Book. Cleveland: The Pilgrim Press, 1992.

Ray, David R. The Indispensable Guide for Smaller Churches. Cleveland: The Pilgrim Press, 2003.

Roper, David. A Burden Shared – Encouragement for Leaders. Grand Rapids: Discovery House, 1991.

Ruffcorn, Kevin E. Rural Evangelism. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 1994.

Schaller, Lyle E. The Small Church Is Different. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1982.

Schaller, Lyle E. The Small Membership Church: Scenarios for Tomorrow. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1994.

Sherman, Jennifer. Those Who Work, Those Who Don’t – Poverty, Morality, and Family in Rural America. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2009.

Smith, Lee J. Reflections of a Small Town Pastor – Engaging in God’s Mission in Smaller Places. Minneapolis: NextStep Resources, 2013.

Stowell, Joseph. Shepherding the Church. Chicago: Moody Press, 1997.

Thiessen, John C. Pastoring the Smaller Church. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1962.

Urbanska, Wanda and Levering, Frank. Moving to a Small Town. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996.

Van Yperen, Jim. The Shepherd Leader. St. Charles, Ill.: ChurchSmart Resources, 2003.

Vaters, Karl. The Grasshopper Myth: Big Churches, Small Churches and the Small Thinking that Divides Us. NewSmallChurch.com, 2012.

Wagley, Laurence. Preaching With the Small Congregation. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1989.

Wagner, E. Glenn. Escape from Church, Inc. – The Return of the Pastor-Shepherd. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1999.

Wallace, Robin K. and Heck, Terry R. Worship in Small Membership Churches. Nashville: Discipleship Resources, 2007.

Walrath, Douglas. Making It Work: Effective Administration in the Small Church. Valley Forge, Pa.: Judson Press, 1994.

Wiersbe, Warren. On Being a Leader for God. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2011.

Wiersbe, Warren. On Being a Servant of God. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2007.

Wiersbe, Warren. Too Soon to Quit! Fort Washington, Pa.: CLC Publications, 2012.

Wilkinson, Vernal. The Bible, Live – A Basic Guide for Preachers and Teachers in Small Churches. Denver: Outskirts Press, 2011.

Willimon, William H. and Wilson, Robert L. Preaching and Worship in the Small Church. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1980.

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