Welcome to Small Church, Big Deal!

We believe that every small church has the potential to make an huge impact.

Next Conference:
October 12th – 13th


God’s most potent earthly weapon is the local church. Through Christ it has the power to change lives, communities and entire nations. But somewhere between the empty tomb and today, we started believing that bigger was always better. And big is good. But so is small. In fact, we believe that small is a BIG deal. Pastors wrestle with comparisons, discouragement and unmet expectations. What if pastors embraced the church they have instead of wishing for the church they don’t? What if we started asking – What can God do with small?
We have three big dreams for the small church BIG deal conference . . .
Encourage the pastor of the small church (along with their spouse and leadership team) to stay obedient, faithful and see the beauty of the ministry God has given them  
Equip the pastor of the small church to boldly and confidently handle the issues unique to the small church.  
Envelop the pastor of the small church with love, blessing and inspiration so he can fully embrace the joy of his calling

Our Roots

We started the Small Church, Big Deal Conference out of the desire to bring resources right to the door of the small church pastor. While some conferences are over the top enormous and fill arenas, we wanted this conference to be more intimate and regional. Frankly, we got tired of big churches putting on large conferences to tell others how they got that way. So we set out in 2015 to create a conference made for small churches, put on by small churches.

Listen To The “Why”

What to expect?

We don’t pretend to have all the answers to pastoring the small church but we think we can help. All of our breakout sessions are led by experienced pastors of a small church. This makes our sessions interactive. Attendees aren’t simply just coming to download information – they hear ideas and have a chance to respond with some ideas of their own. After all, who knows more about being a pastor of a small churches than pastors of small churches! Our goal is that every pastor and church leader be encouraged and get to encourage other pastors and leaders. And our breakout sessions gives the pastor the chance to hear from other pastors on topics ranging from “Small rural church vs. small urban church” to “Leading change in a small church”.

We recruit the best keynote speakers who will bring encouragement and the challenge to continue to shift our paradigm as it relates to the small church.  Our hope is  for the Small Church, Big Deal Conference is to continue to encourage the pastor long after the conference ends. One way we can do that is by giving away dozens of resources including books, music and whatever our sponsors donate. But that’s not all. We also want to bless pastors with simple things – items that give them an opportunity to spend time with the people in your life that matter the most –  their spouses and their kids.

What people are saying…

“Small Church, Big Deal ministered to me and encouraged my heart . . . plus I learned a thing or two.”

“Small Church, Big Deal was well worth the drive- very helpful and a great environment”.

“I learned a lot and the knowledge of the speakers on the topic was phenomenal.”

“Nothing could have been done better – excellence achieved.”

2018 Keynote Speaker

Dave Jacobs was a pastor for twenty-eight years before retiring in 2006 and founding Small Church Pastor, an organization that provides encouragement, coaching, consulting, and resources for pastors and leaders of churches of all sizes, but with a focus on smaller churches. Dave and Ellen have been married for thirty-eight years. They have five adult children, eleven grandchildren, and love living in beautiful Medford, Oregon. Dave is the author of ‘NAKED MAN RUNNING: 100 ideas that work in a small church,’ ‘Mile Wide, Inch Deep: Experiencing God Beyond the Shallows, Soul Care for Busy Pastors and the Rest of Us,’ and ‘Belligerent Believers.’ 

Next Conference, October 12th - 13th








Dave Jacobs


Faith City Church – 806 Main St. Fenton, MI 48430
Directions from the North: US 23 South to Exit 79 Silver Lake Road. Turn right. Follow Silver Lake Road through town approximately 1.5 miles.  Church will be on your right.
Directions from the South: US 23 North to Exit 79 Silver Lake Road. Turn right. Church will be on your right in approximately 1.5 miles. If coming from I-75 take Exit 102 Grange Hall Rd. Turn left and follow Grange Hall Rd. approximately 6 miles. Church will be on your left as you enter Fenton city limits.
Contact info: pastor-cjv@outlook.com
Phone: 810-922-2088


Friday, October 12th

2pm Arrival and registration

3pm Welcome

3:15pm Session 1

4:30pm Session 2

5:45-7:30 Dinner (on your own)

7:30 Q and A/Panel discussion

Saturday, October 13th

8:45am       Welcome and worship
9:00am      Session 3
10:30am    Breakout session (urban, suburban, rural)
12:15pm     Lunch (included in your registration)
1:30pm       Session 4
2:45pm       Sendoff

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