Here’s hoping you and yours have a wonderful new year in 2019! For the Small-town Churches Network, 2018 was a quiet year, and in some ways the blog went dark for the year. The main reason for this is that I was finishing writing for my doctoral project which has been underway for a few years. I truly needed to step back and focus on my academic work so I could get it behind me. “So,” you may ask, “that means you’re finished right?” Well, sort of.
As I write this, Audrey (who is my wife for those who don’t know) and I are headed to Phiadelphia for the Praxis Gathering. Praxis is an annual gathering of hundreds of church planters and theologians from around the country, who come together to worship, and learn best methods and practices for forming new and pioneering ministries.
I want to let you all know about the Praxis Gathering Conference in Philadelphia next month! I’m honored to present at this year’s event, and will have the opportunity to share about neighboring in small town and rural ministry contexts.
Here is the first in a series of infographics designed for educational use in churches and clergy gatherings. Feel free to download and use freely!
In rural ministry, which for many can seem like a wilderness experience, there are unique temptations that persist no matter how many times you’ve battled them. Jesus was tempted in three ways at the outset of his ministry. There are three major temptations that rural ministers and churches face…