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?”
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!
Earlier this week, Baptist News Global (BNG) broke a story about small-town Pastor John Crowder, who vigorously advocates cell phone use in worship.
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.