Rural Ministry in a Grocery Store…

groceryAt a local Pastor’s prayer breakfast, I heard the following statement:

I do a large part of my ministry at the local IGA. I see people that would never walk into my office for counseling. I ask them how they are doing and they tell me. A lot of times they open up and share some things that we just stop and pray together for God to work in the situation, right there in the store.

I never thought much about all the “youth parent meetings” that take place at the local gas station, or the hardware store, or the post office, but I find that I have to “go on their turf” more often than they will come to me.

Is your town an extension of your office? What can you do to make your time work that way?

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