In recent years, it has become popular among evangelicals (especially Reformed evangelicals) to emphasize church planting in big cities. Numerous books, articles, and blog posts have put forth the call to plant churches in the major urban centers of the world,under the belief that what happens in the city will eventually influence the rest of society. In many ways, the renewed emphasis on cities is a good thing. We should not neglect the cities, and we should seek to influence the influencers of society in hopes of having a broader impact upon society at large.
However, with all the rhetorical emphasis on the city, some people have begun wonder, “Hey, what about the countryside? What about small towns and villages? Don’t rural areas matter too?” Although I don’t think we could find anyone who’d say that rural areas don’t matter, the unspoken message is that the countryside matters less. Way less. Rural areas are not strategic. They are not centers of influence. What happens in the countryside stays in the countryside. In sum, small towns and villages are not strategic in terms of impacting a society for the Gospel. Or are they?