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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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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