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Developing a Theological Mandate for Rural Ministry Part 2: Ecclesiology and the Rural Church
Within each of the various theological disciplines, there is both agreement and disagreement among scholars....
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Rural Churches Need More Weak Relationships
We need more weak relationships in our rural churches. Granted, “weak relationships” do not make for...
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Developing a Theological Mandate for Rural Ministry
Part 1:  Soteriology and the Rural Church   In his classic book, Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis writes,...
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The Mann Gulch Wildfire of 1949: Lessons for Rural Pastors
August 5, 1949. A wildfire started in Mann Gulch of Montana’s Helena National Forest that burned nearly...
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Sustaining Rural Ministry
In recent years there has been a renewed interest in rural ministry.   Books were written, mini-conferences...
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Rural Leader's Newsletter
Starting something new always presents a risk. Will people like it, or will they hate it? Will they read...
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The Ruralization of America
The ruralization of America is underway, and it has significant impact on our approach to ministry as...
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A Call for Rural Pastors
In 1835, realizing the strategic place the west would play in the future growth and vitality of the country,...
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Mending the Nets
by C.W. Cushman Rural Shepherds Network Founder and President Back in 2002, I had been at a local ministerial...
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Spiritual but Not Religious?
Rural churches have a window of opportunity to invite people to belong—the sweet spot of the overlap...
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GROWTH POTENTIAL AND THE SMALL CHURCH
In an age where bigger is better, the standard for success is often measured by numerical growth. Yet,...
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How I generate Rural Ministry Barriers
Some of the most daunting barriers to effective rural ministry are facilitated by rural ministry practitioners...
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