I just ditched my entire sermon for tomorrow. Charlottesville demands it. Two hours from where I sit, Nazis, KKK clansmen, anarchists, socialist militants, and southern secessionists have clashed all day in the city of Charlottesville, Virginia. As I watch in horror and sorrow, and pray earnestly for clergy colleagues in the mix, I can’t help but wonder – “What if it was my town?”
Here is a new infographic with some stats about small town ministry and rural life in the United States. What are some ways you see rural ministry as unique? What sets apart small-town churches and pastors from their urban and suburban counterparts? Over the next month, look for a series of infographics for use on social media and in presentations. I’ll be making links to these pieces available for free downloading and encourage you to distribute them in your ministry networks. One of the best ways we can get people discussing rural ministry issues is to use the power of social media. Enjoy!
Are you a small town pastor who wants to speak out on this issue but are not sure how? Feel free to share this post and encourage people to learn for themselves what the Confederate Battle Flag stood for originally, and what Civil War bloodshed was really all about.
Considering the importance of emerging culture, emerging worship, and emerging theology over the last decade, one may ask if such ecclesiological trends are only present in urban environments of if rural communities are beginning to feel these shifts.
Is there a gap in your small town between local artists and local churches? What would bridging rural art and rural faith look like in your community? Last week while traveling to San Antonio to complete my last DMin seminar with Logsdon Seminary, I took some time while flying to …