This is the second “Someone you should know” profile. These are leaders who have an online presence, offering some free resources for ministry. Each of these persons will have expertise in ministry in small towns.
If you are a rural or small town pastor, a good person to know about is Terry Dorsett. I first heard him last year at the North American Mission Board’s Send North America Conference.
Here is part of his author biography on Amazon.com:
Terry moved to Vermont to serve as a church planting missionary with the North American Mission Board (SBC) in 1993. Upon first arriving in Vermont he served in a small village of less than 1000 residents. From 2001-2012 Terry served as the Director of the Green Mountain Baptist Association. The association is a network of churches across Vermont that work together to start new churches and plan strategic evangelism projects.
Terry partnered with two other families in 2004 to start Faith Community Church in Barre, Vermont. Terry served the church as pastor until 2012. During that time the church grew to be the second largest Southern Baptist church in the state of Vermont and was widely known for reaching unchurched young adults. The church used a bivocational multi-leader approach to ministry, a style which Terry developed and has written extensively about.
In 2012, Terry became the Church Planting Coordinator for the Baptist convention in the state of Connecticut. In that role he helps existing churches start daughter congregations in nearby towns.
He is with the Green Mountain Baptist Association
His books include:
- Mission Possible: Reaching the Next Generation Through the Small Church
- Developing Leadership Teams in the Bivocational Church
- Creating Effective Partnerships -Strategies For Increasing Kingdom Impact: Leader’s Guide
- Creating Effective Partnerships -Strategies For Increasing Kingdom Impact: Student Workbook
His blog site is called, Next Generation Evangelistic Network
Bobby Gilstrap has an audio conference interview with Dr. Dorsett on the topic, Developing Leaders in Small Churches.
Articles by Terry Dorsett on SBC Today
Baptist Press Articles by Terry Dorsett
- FIRST-PERSON: ‘Killer cows’ & the importance of contextualization
- FIRST-PERSON: Bivocational ministry not just a ‘rural’ Issue
- FIRST-PERSON: 8 benefits of bivocational ministry
Other Baptist Press Articles by Terry Dorsett:
- July 19, 2012
- February 1, 2012
- November 1, 2011
- October 11, 2011
- September 19, 2011
- May 31, 2011
- April 21, 2011
- November 23, 2010