Author Archives: Jon Sanders

About Jon Sanders

Follower of Jesus; Husband to an amazing woman; Father of 3 great kids; Pastor of a multi-site church with a vision to reach rural America for Christ!

122 – Creative Outreach Ideas for Rural Churches

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121 – Why I Did NOT Go to Seminary and Why I Never Will

http://traffic.libsyn.com/smalltownbigchurch/121_-_Why_I_Did_NOT_Go_to_Seminary_and_Why_I_Never_Will.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Android | RSS When God called me into full-time vocational pastoral ministry, I knew He called me to plant a church…not go to seminary! While I understand that this went against the … Continue reading

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120 – Embrace Your Story

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119 – Should My Church Offer Membership?

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118 – A Rural Church Success Story – Interview with Pastor Tony Widdel

http://traffic.libsyn.com/smalltownbigchurch/118_-_A_Rural_Church_Success_Story_-_Interview_with_Pastor_Tony_Widdel.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Android | RSS In this podcast episode I interview Pastor Tony Widdel of City Point Church in Washington, Iowa. I trust that you will be encouraged and inspired to believe God … Continue reading

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117 – My 5 Biggest Mistakes in Ministry

http://traffic.libsyn.com/smalltownbigchurch/117_-_My_5_Biggest_Mistakes_in_Ministry.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Android | RSS Do you ever wish you could go back and have a “DO-OVER” in life?  I do. Sadly, for the most part we can’t go back and undo past … Continue reading

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116 – The Most Important Thing Your Church Needs to Grow

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115 – 4 Reasons Your Church Needs New Bylaws

http://traffic.libsyn.com/smalltownbigchurch/115_-_4_Reasons_Your_Church_Needs_New_Bylaws.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Android | RSS Lately I’ve had several conversations with other pastors that have once again highlighted the necessity of ensuring that churches have biblical and healthy structure and bylaws. In this … Continue reading

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114 – Is My Church Ready for Mulit-Site – Part 2

http://traffic.libsyn.com/smalltownbigchurch/114_-_Is_My_Church_Ready_for_Multi-Site_-_Part_2.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Android | RSS More and more, churches are recognizing that multi-site is a legitimate option for reaching people with the gospel. But can multi-site work in a small town or rural … Continue reading

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113 – Is My Church Ready for Multi-Site? – Part 1

http://traffic.libsyn.com/smalltownbigchurch/113_-_Is_My_Church_Ready_for_Multi-Site_-_Part_1.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Android | RSS More and more, churches are recognizing that multi-site is a legitimate option for reaching people with the gospel. But can multi-site work in a small town or rural … Continue reading

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