If small town churches were their own denominational network, they would be THREE TIMES the size of the largest denomination in the land. Maybe if you’re in the wilderness, its because that’s where God has called you.
In rural settings, homelessness is a real problem – if you can identify the rural homeless that is. Moreover, funding for state and federal dollars is often attached to the number of homeless people identified in a federally initiated annual reporting period.
When winter weather hits, how should your church respond, particularly if you are in a small town? The tips that follow would also serve urban churches well, but these are especially critical in small rural counties.
Isolation in rural ministry can, for many, become deeply burdensome. Thomas Aquinas once stated, “Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious.” As much as we may feel called to a certain church or county, without friendship and support, the joyful task of ministry can become a tiresome burden.
I was recently invited to participate in an event that has the potential to change the course of my life, and will no doubt jump-start my final doctoral writing project. I have been invited to participate as an Initiator with The Convergence Movement…