We hope you can join us for 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.

The Small Town Jesus Conference is a 2-day gathering designed to fill you with faith and help equip you for ministry in your context. Our hope is that you’d leave having been built up, and strengthened with a bigger vision for where God has placed you.


THursday (9/6)

1-3pm » Registration
3-4:30pm » Session 1: "A Big Vision for Small Towns" (Donnie Griggs)
4:45-6pm » Breakouts
6-7:30pm » Dinner (provided)
7:30-9pm » Session 2: "The Heart of Healthy, Courageous Leadership" (Josh Kouri)

FRiday (9/7)

9-10:30am » Session 3: "A Big Gospel for Small Towns" (Donnie Griggs)
10:45-11:45am » Breakouts
12-1pm » Lunch (provided)
1:15-2:15pm » Breakouts
2:30-4pm » Session 4: "Engaging Small Towns with Big Faith" (Panel)
4pm » Dismiss


  • Raising up Leaders for Church & Community
  • Gospel Ministry to Religious People
  • The Bi-Vocational Pastor
  • Longevity in Ministry & Health of a Leader
  • Church Planting, Replanting, & Revitalization
  • Addressing Challenges in Small Contexts: Drugs, Racism, & Poverty
  • Being a Church of both Word & Spirit
  • Understanding this Cultural Moment
  • Passing on a Legacy to the Next Generation


September 6-7, 2018


Frontline Church - Shawnee Congregation

330 N Beard Ave, Shawnee, Oklahoma




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.


Space is limited, so register soon to reserve your spot today.

The registration cost covers all conference sessions, Thursday dinner, Friday lunch, and a copy of Small Town Jesus.

  • Early Bird Rate » $60 [before July 1]
  • Advance  » $70 [before Sept 1]
  • At the Door » $80
  • Students » $30

You can either pay online upon registration, or register now and pay later. To pay later, fill out the registration form, click "Checkout", and under "payment type" select "Pay Later", then click "submit".

*If registration costs are prohibitive, please reach out to Jeff Nine. Limited financial assistance may be available.

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).