On Church Growth and Rural Churches

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This article “On Church Growth and Rural Churches” first appeared here on Digital Flipchart, the blog of Christian education and Bowen Family Systems expert Israel Galindo, and is re-posted with permission.  I recently visited with a pastor of a small rural congregation (average Sunday morning attendance is between 40 to …

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Four New Year Resolutions for Every Small Town Church

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The time of the year for New Year resolutions has come. Most people make resolutions and end up breaking them quickly. Whether kept or not, the habit of New Year resolutions in our culture speaks to humanity’s desire for new beginnings. Lucky for us, and lucky for the church, our …

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Rural Healthcare Challenges and Advent Joy

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This weekend, I learned firsthand about healthcare challenges in rural America. If there are two times a year a pastor avoids sickness, it’s Advent and Easter. This year, I have not been so lucky. The day before the third Sunday of Advent I started coughing so violently my knees buckled. To …

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Bridging Rural Art and Rural Faith in Ministry

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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 …

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Top Ten Reasons Small Town Pastors Can Give Thanks

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What should small town pastors show gratitude for this Thanksgiving? Many falsely assume that urban churches are in some way superior to small town churches. Some small town churches/pastors struggle with self-esteem because they never measure up to the standards our culture sets for “success in ministry.” The fact is, rural …

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Ray Rice and Small Town Domestic Violence

Ray Rice won’t be putting up football stats anytime soon, if ever. As Christians, let’s not add to domestic violence stats by our inaction. How will your church minister to those 30% of people who are victimized? Don’t wait. Someone’s life could be on the line.

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