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Launch day for A Big Gospel in Small Places!

Posted by Stephen Witmer on November 5th, 2019

Today is the launch day for my new InterVarsity Press book, A Big Gospel in Small Places! I’m praying that God will get this book into the hands of those who will most benefit from it, and that he’ll use it in the months and years to come in order to make much of himself in the small places (and big places) of the world. Please join me in praying for these things. I’m grateful to and for Pepperell Christian Fellowship on this day. So much of my thinking about small-place ministry has been shaped through my 11+ years of pastoring here, and it was during my 2018 sabbatical that I wrote most of the book. Soli deo gloria!

Acts 29 Rural Collective Summit in Rathriland, Northern Ireland

Posted by Stephen Witmer on October 18th, 2019

It was a great privilege to gather with church planters from across Ireland (both the north and the south) in Rathriland, Northern Ireland on Wednesday, October 16 and celebrate what God is doing in the tiny villages and small towns of Ireland. I met lots of wonderful folks, renewed and deepened some friendships, and came away encouraged by how God is building his church throughout Ireland. I’m grateful for the Acts 29 Rural Collective, which is gathering rural and small-town pastors and church planters in Summits all around the world. It’s an exciting and important work. What a thrill it was for me to be able to give a talk, serve on a panel, and see 50 copies of my book A Big Gospel in Small Places given away!

Encouragement from John 4 for small-town pastors

Posted by Stephen Witmer on October 2nd, 2019

Over at the Small Town Summits website, I have a new article that gleans encouragement for small-town pastors from the story of Jesus and the royal official. Read the article here and pass it along to someone you know who is laboring faithfully in a forgotten place.

Attention, all PCF parents: please listen to this!

Posted by Stephen Witmer on September 30th, 2019

Wow, it’s amazing how we sometimes need to hear the same thing over and over again. I am a big fan of Paul Tripp – he’s helped Emma and me in our marriage and also in our parenting. I know already much of the stuff he says in this talk, and I’ve heard some of the stories in other talks he’s given. But as I listened to this talk on the exercise bike this morning, I realized how often I revert to law-based parenting rather than giving my kids grace. I was freshly convicted and have a renewed desire to be an ambassador for God in my parenting, sharing the grace of God with my children. I really needed this reminder. Please have a listen to this important talk: Parents Are Works in Progress.