Travis Stephens

Travis is a husband, father, and executive pastor of a small-town church that went big. He has a passion for helping small-town churches and pastors. His writing focuses on helping churches and ministry leaders take steps to grow themselves and the churches they serve.

From Travis:

For the past 7 years I have served at a small town church in Westmoreland, Tennessee. As of 2010, the population of Westmoreland was a whopping 2,206 people. In 2014, our average church attendance was 704 people. That equates to roughly 32% of our small town. To put that into perspective, it would be like a church in Nashville, TN about 50 miles south of us averaging 200,000 people each week. It is possible to go big in a small town.

I have been married to my wife Samantha for 12 years this December. Together we have two beautiful girls Layla and Presley.

For fun I enjoy traveling, reading, and watching sports. The Tennessee Vols in particular.

Travis Stephens Posts
  • The Delicate Balance Between A Better Ministry or A Better Life

    A very long time ago I came to the conclusion that God blesses those who work the hardest. I... Read more

  • Connection: The Key to Church Growth

    I’ve been thinking a lot about connections lately. I haven’t really made up my mind completely,... Read more

  • The Pros and Cons of Being a Relational Leader

    I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that most small-town pastors tend to be very... Read more

  • Ten Things You Need to Give Your Church a Chance to Grow

    A little over ten years ago, my church hit a growth spurt. One year we grew by 18 percent, the next... Read more

  • How to Regain the Joy of Ministry

    Tell me if this sounds familiar. Whenever I have to deal with a difficult problem in my church, I... Read more

  • When the Time is Right

    Change is dangerous. It’s been over a decade now since I was called into my very first board... Read more

  • 4 Questions to Ask Now to Be More Fruitful in 2021

    What can I say about this year, that hasn’t already been said? This year has been one we’ll... Read more

  • Five Ways to Utilize Your Sermon Beyond Sunday

    In my last post, I told you your sermon was overrated, and to my surprise, many of you actually... Read more

  • Your Preaching is Overrated

    There I said it. You may not agree, but you needed to hear it. Now, before you unsubscribe or send... Read more

  • The Biggest Barrier to Reaching Young Families Right Now

    Empathy – The ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Several years ago my wife... Read more

  • What’s Most Important Right Now?

    Can we just take a moment to catch our breath? Follow after me, breathe in, breathe out, breathe... Read more

  • Small Town Worship

    If I were to ask you what’s the one area in your church that could use the most help, what would... Read more

  • Six Reasons Leaders Avoid Change

    I was recently flipping through the radio stations in my car when I came across one of my favorite... Read more

  • Half of All Churches in America are Growing During this Crisis???

    How amazing is that? We went from around 10 percent of churches experiencing growth to 50 percent,... Read more

  • 9 Ways We’re Trying to Engage Online During this Crisis

    I can honestly say that I’ve never experienced a week quite like the one we just had in America.... Read more

  • Fixing the Church Board Problem

    Some churches call them deacons, some call them elders, some have trustees, and others probably... Read more

  • You Need A Sidekick

    Every Monday I post one of The Basics. The Basics are simple steps every church can take to grow.... Read more

  • 4 Types of Pastoral Leadership

    As a pastor, it can seem noble and even Biblical to try to be all things to all men. The apostle... Read more

  • Jesus and Gardening

    Even though I grew up on a farm, I know very little about gardening. To be honest, most vegetables... Read more

  • The Best Way to Cut the Church Budget

    It’s never a good thing when you have to cut the church budget. Luckily, I haven’t had to do it... Read more

  • Five Ways to Develop Margin in Your Life

    If you look up the definition of margin, you’ll get a few different answers. The edge or border... Read more

  • 3 Questions to Ask When Planning a Sermon Series

    One of the best changes my church ever made was going from preaching stand-alone sermons every... Read more

  • 4 Conversations You Probably Need to Have with the Worship Leader

    If I asked 100 lead pastors what is the staff or volunteer position that is most difficult to work... Read more

  • 4 Reasons Rural Churches Should Consider Going Multisite

    The following post was written by Brett Bixby and was originally posted on Travis Stephen’s... Read more

  • Help, No One Wants to Volunteer at My Church

    As people continue to get busier and commitment to the church continues to decrease, it’s become... Read more

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