In small town ministry, you have to do things differently. One of the keys in a small town is good community relations with your church. A new business that opens up (on the previously-dying) town square is a big deal.

The new coffee shop in town is run by a couple of Christians. They have made it family friendly (ie. Smoke/alcohol-free), and extended specials geared at getting “Church-Folk” through the doors. They have reached out to the local youth groups to make it friendly for them to meet for small groups, etc.

Our town needs this right now. I hope the town realizes it.

How does your ministry cooperate with local businesses?

Anyone doing “outside the box” stuff in that area?

Posted on The Go From My Blackberry.

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Brent Lacy

Youth Pastor. Web Designer. Homeschool Dad. Former Child Abuse Investigator. IT Technician. Writer. Lock-in Survivor. Rural Ministry Advocate. These all describe the experiences and stories that are part of Brent Lacy’s time in ministry. Brent grew up on 160 acres of corn, soybeans and cattle in Southern Illinois. He is currently a Rural Ministry Specialist with National Network of Youth Ministry (NNYM), based in Rockville, Indiana where he lives with his beautiful wife and three awesome kids in the Covered Bridge Capital of the World! His book "Rural Youth Ministry: Thrive Where You're Planted" is available at and on the Kindle Store.

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