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.
I just ditched my entire sermon for tomorrow. Charlottesville demands it. Two hours from where I sit, Nazis, KKK clansmen, anarchists, socialist militants, and southern secessionists have clashed all day in the city of Charlottesville, Virginia. As I watch in horror and sorrow, and pray earnestly for clergy colleagues in the mix, I can’t help but wonder – “What if it was my town?”
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…
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.