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Ep 073: Small Town Ministry with Donnie Griggs

Welcome to Episode 73 of the Joshua Gagnon Leadership Podcast!
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Today we will be talking with Donnie Griggs, Lead Pastor of One Harbor Church. Donnie is passionate about bringing the gospel to rural areas of America by planting small-town churches.

Takeaways for leaders…

From beginning to end, church should be intentional.

Community must be the focal point of rural areas.

Research the community you are looking to plant a church in. Be a student of the culture, read books and articles, find information.

Psalm 127:1 “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who built it labor in vain.”

We serve a God who made everything from nothing. Don’t buy into the lie that something big needs to be going on for something bigger to happen with your church plant.

Work hard to develop the people that God has given you in your ministry.

Romans 8:11 “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.”

Quotes from this episode... 
“The smaller the town, the more contextualization matters.” -Donnie Griggs
“We aren’t called to put churches in cool places, we’re called to put churches everywhere.” -Donnie Griggs
“The location matters because God created it and said it was good.” -Donnie King
“There are unique and different communities about every community you go to to plant a church.” -Daniel King
“Excellence isn’t being the best in the world, it’s doing the best with what you’ve been given.” -Joshua Gagnon
“You’ll never grow by thinking about what you don’t have.” -Donnie Griggs
“Dream like God’s in charge.” -Donnie Griggs
“Small towns are one of the largest mission fields in our country right now.” -Daniel King

Find Donnie: 
-Twitter: @TheCarolinaDon
-Contact Donnie: www.smalltownjesus.com/connect/
-Purchase “Small Town Jesus:” www.amazon.com/Small-Town-Jesus-…=small+town+jesus

“Rural America is the new Inner City” article www.wsj.com/articles/rural-amer…ner-city-1495817008