Southeast Texas

April 13, 2024

First Baptist Church - Goldthwaite
1004 First St • Goldthwaite, TX 76844
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The Big Ministry Small Town Summit is designed to engage, encourage, and equip leaders that serve in small towns and communities. The goal of Big Ministry in Small summits is to see smaller town of Texas filled with Great Commission, Great Commandment churches and Christian workers for the glory of God.

We will host one-day Summits and one-day training sessions throughout Texas that will provide encouragement, equipping, and engagement for small-town pastors, laypeople, and churches. These Summits gather pastors, ministry leaders, and laity within a region of the State. They will learn, pray, and plan with one another to advance the gospel of Christ. There will be generous time for discussion, eating, fellowship, and prayer.


8:30 – 9:00 am Arrival & Registration
9:00 – 9:25 am Welcome & Introductions with Praise and Worship
9:30 – 10:30 am Breakout Session #1
10:30 – 10:45 am Coffee Break
10:45 am – 11:45 am Breakout Session #2
11:45 am – 1:30 pm Lunch & Plenary Session


Plenary Sessions

These plenary sessions are designed to encourage the attendees as well as allow them to engage in mindful discussion and pray with one another.

  1. “God Loves Small Towns”
    – Pastor Chuck Gartman

Breakout Sessions

These breakout sessions are designed to equip the attendees as well as allow them to engage in focused dialogue around the topic. They will run concurrently.

  1. Mental Health & Soul Care in Small Towns
    – Dr. Ray Storm
    People are people whether in the heart of Metropolitan cities or the middle of less known places. However, common themes in soul care and pastoral counseling emerge in different places. This breakout will focus on the issues that arise most frequently in small-town Texas, as well as the most surprising things that aren't different in a small town.
  2. Small Town Evangelism in the New Normal (Post-Pandemic)
    – Richard Ray & Miles Miears

    Things are not the same after a global pandemic. This includes small towns and communities. But one thing has not changed, the need to share the Gospel. In this session, the facilitator will challenge you to be intentional about sharing the Gospel and offer practical ways to do so in a post-pandemic world.
  3. Being a House of Prayer
    – Tim Watson
    Jesus told us in Matthew 21:13, “My house shall be called a house of prayer”. While the local church is charged with many ministries and outreaches, first and foremost, the church must be a house of prayer. Prayer must be the engine that drives everything of significance the church undertakes. Dr. Tim Watson will share best practices that churches of any size can integrate into the DNA of their congregation to unleash the power of the Holy Spirit, see people come to know Jesus and spiritual renewal take place.
  4. Creating a Culture of Discipleship
    – Sam Crosby
    Discipleship is not a class or program, but an ongoing process. Every believer is called to be a disciple of Christ that grows into maturity of the faith. The church is challenged to create an environment where new believers in Christ grow in wisdom and the knowledge of God. They become workers and leaders in the church. During this session, the facilitator will offer practical ways followers of Christ are to grow spiritually and discern God’s call on their lives.
  5. Hispanic Pastor’s Session
    – Pastor Bob Evaul
    ReFocus is a church revitalization training process that provides pastors with tools to evaluate their church and restore its vitality, purpose, and health to their ministry. Participants evaluate the current state of the ministry, consider how to position it for greater impact, develop all directional aspects of the ministry, create a personal plan for making disciples, adopt a strategy for developing leaders and a personalized plan to implement it.

    ReEnfoque es un proceso de entrenamiento para revitalizar a la iglesia, provee a los pastores con herramientas para evaluar su iglesia y restaurar su vitalidad, su propósito y salud a su ministerio. Participantes evalúan el estado actual del ministerio, consideran como posicionarlo para tener un mayor impacto, desarrollan todos los aspectos direccionales del ministerio, crean un plan personal para hacer discípulos, adoptan una estrategia para el desarrollo de líderes y un plan personalizado para implementarlo.

This summit is made possible through the generous gifts to the Mary Hill Davis Offering for Texas Missions.