Small Church, Small Church Plants

One of the featured missionaries in the missions module of LifeWay’s VBS this year is a Church planter in Canada that plants house churches in unreached neighborhoods and small towns throughout Canada. Some of their methods were interesting. It got me to thinking that there are some pieces of no-image-smallwhat they do that could really be replicated anywhere. One of the things they did was start where many church plants do – small groups in homes.

What if a rural church partnered with a larger church (or even used resources from a place like open.LifeChurch.tv that made resources freely available) and purchased a couple streaming boxes (like an appleTV or a Roku) and started small groups in some unreached neighborhoods that are in a reasonable proximity to the church?  Many homes even in rural areas are equipped with a TV and internet. The main costs would be a little food and $100 or less for the hardware.  What could be the impact? This could allow those with a gift of hospitality to maximize that and connect people to the Gospel, who may not be especially gifted teachers. They can press play and help ask a few questions to guide spiritual conversations.

Is your church already doing something like this? If so, share in the comments below how this is working, and suggestions that would help make it a success…

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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 SimplyYouthMinistry.com and on the Kindle Store.

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