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.
Here is a new infographic with some stats about small town ministry and rural life in the United States. What are some ways you see rural ministry as unique? What sets apart small-town churches and pastors from their urban and suburban counterparts? Over the next month, look for a series of infographics for use on social media and in presentations. I’ll be making links to these pieces available for free downloading and encourage you to distribute them in your ministry networks. One of the best ways we can get people discussing rural ministry issues is to use the power of social media. Enjoy!
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.
In rural settings, homelessness is a real problem – if you can identify the rural homeless that is. Moreover, funding for state and federal dollars is often attached to the number of homeless people identified in a federally initiated annual reporting period.
I would like to encourage small town churches, and female pastors in particular (Virginia Baptist and otherwise), that you are significant stakeholders in the Kingdom. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.