Rural Ministry in a Grocery Store…

groceryAt a local Pastor’s 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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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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