Confronting the Myth that Small Towns Never Change

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Last week kicked off a series called What’s Trending, to which there was an overwhelming response. Today I begin another series which will run along with What’s Trending called Small Town Myths. Myth #1: Small Towns Never Change. In fact, its one of the biggest lies your church may be buying …

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Four Emerging Trends in Small Town Churches

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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.

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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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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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