We hope you enjoyed the Small Town Jesus Conference

The Small Town Jesus Conference was held on September 6-7, 2018, in Shawnee, Oklahoma

The Small Town Jesus Conference was a 2-day gathering designed to fill attendees with faith and help equip them for ministry in their context. We hope to offer other events in the future. To stay up to date with what’s happening, please sign up here.

Why the Small Town Jesus Conference?

Small cities, small towns, and rural contexts are beautiful places, full of unique culture, community, and strength. But often, despite the popular opinion that they are blissful and problem-free, these same places are also full of brokenness, hopelessness, and despair.

This makes smaller contexts wide open mission fields, ripe for Gospel ministry. However, despite the fact that 98% of cities in Oklahoma have a population under 50,000, these places are often neglected by denominations, networks, ministries, & leaders. We need to hear again the call to take the gospel everywhere, to places big or small, because that is what Jesus told us to do. We need to take the gospel to small towns, because Jesus loves small towns.


Audio Recordings are currently being processed. As soon as they are available, they will be linked below.

Main Sessions

  • Session 1: "Getting a Big Vision for Small Towns" (Donnie Griggs)

  • Session 2: "The Heart of Healthy, Courageous Leadership" (Josh Kouri)

  • Session 3: "Pushing Back the Darkness of Addiction" (Donnie Griggs)

  • Session 4: " Towards Healthy, Gospel-Centered Churches in Small Towns" (Panel)


  • Raising up Leaders in a Small Town

  • Doing Ministry as a Team

  • Preaching to the Heart

  • Ministry in this Cultural Moment

  • Spirit-Empowered Ministry

  • Passing the Baton to the Next Generation

  • Multiplying the Mission

  • Towards a Missional and Formational Liturgy



Donnie Griggs

Donnie was born and raised in a small town called Morehead City, in coastal North Carolina, where he planted One Harbor Church. One Harbor is a multisite church with four locations and a vision to plant churches all across Eastern North Carolina. Donnie’s passion is to see churches in small towns and rural areas equipped and empowered to radically engage culture and make disciples. » Learn More about Donnie & Small Town Jesus


Josh Kouri

Josh serves as the Lead Pastor of Frontline Church. His heart is to equip and train leaders to be effective and faithful in their calling both to Christ as well as for Christ.

For other helpful resources, blogs centered around rural ministry, and to learn more about the purpose of Small Town Jesus, visit their website HERE.

If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Nine (jnine@frontlinechurch.com).