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Bibliography on Rural Ministry


Adcock, Ralph V. What am I Doing Here?: Ah … God Sent Me!. Mustang, OK: Tate Pub., 2004.

Andrews, David. Ministry in the Small Church. Kansas City, MO: Sheed & Ward, 1988.

Basham, Will, Rural Mission: Insights from a Rural Church Planter, Rural Church Voices, 2021.

Beale, Calvin L., and Peter A. Morrison. A taste of the Country: A Collection of Calvin Beales Writings. University Park: Pennsylvania State Univ. Pr., 1990.

Beck, Michael, and Tyler Kleeberger, Fresh Expressions of the Rural Church, Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2022

Beckett, Robert, Fanning the Revitalization Flame, Bloomington: Westbow Press, 2022

Belknap, Helen Olive. The Church on the Changing Frontier: A Study of the Homesteader and His Church. New York: G.H. Doran, 1922.

Bell, James, Jill Hopkinson, and Trevor Willmott. Reshaping Rural Ministry: A Theological and Practical Handbook. Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2009.

Benton, John. The Big Picture for Small Churches, and Large Ones, Too:. Darlington, England: Evangelical Press, 2005.

Berry, Wendell, The Unsettling of America, Berkely: Counterpoint, 1977

Benton, John. Why Join a Small Church? Fearn, Scotland: Christian Focus, 2008.

Bickers, Dennis W. The Tentmaking Pastor: The Joy of Bivocational Ministry. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2000.

Bickers, Dennis W. The Healthy Small Church: Diagnosis and Treatment for the Big Issues. Kansas City, MO: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2005.

Bierly, Steve R. Help for the Small-Church Pastor Unlocking the Potential of Your Congregation. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 1995.

Bierly, Steve R. How to Thrive as a Small-Church Pastor: A Guide to Spiritual and Emotional Well-Being. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1998.

Block, Daniel I. For the Glory of God: Recovering a Biblical Theology of Worship. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 2016.

Brown, Carolyn C. Developing Christian Education in the Smaller Church. Nashville: Abingdon, 1982.

Brown, David L., and Louis E. Swanson. Challenges for Rural America in the Twenty-first Century. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2003.

Brown, David Louis, and Kai A. Schafft. Rural People and Communities in the 21st Century: Resilience and Transformation. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, 2011.

Brown, Miriam. Sustaining Heart in the Heartland: Exploring Rural Spirituality. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2005.

Bunce, Michael F. The Pressures of Change in Rural Canada. Downsview, Ontario: York Univ., Atkinson College, 1984.

Burt, Steven E., and Douglas Alan Walrath. Activating Leadership in the Small Church: Clergy and Laity Working Together. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 1988.

Burt, Steven E., and Hazel A. Roper. Raising Small Church Csteem. N.Y.: Alban Institute, 1995.

Burt, Steven E., and Hazel Ann. Roper. The Little Church that Could: Raising Small Church Esteem. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 2000.

Bush, Peter, and H. Christine. OReilly. Where 20 or 30 are gathered: leading worship in the small church. Herndon, VA: Alban Institute, 2006.

Byassee, Jason. The Gifts of the Small Church. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2010.

Byers, David M., and Bernard Quinn. New Directions for the Rural Church: Case Studies in Area Ministry. New York: Paulist Press, 1978.

Callahan, Kennon L. Small, Strong Congregations: Creating Strengths and Health for Your Congregation. Place of publication not identified: Jossey-Bass, 2012.

Canada, David. Spiritual Leadership in the Small Membership Church: Ministry in the Small Membership Church. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2005.

Carr, Patrick J., and Maria Kefalas. Hollowing out the Middle: The Rural Brain Drain and What it Means for America. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 2011.

Castle, Emery N. The Changing American Countryside: Rural People and Places. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 1995.

Cheyney, Tom, Church Revitalization in Rural America, Orlando: Renovate Publishing Group, 2018

City and Rural Kids Count Data Book. Baltimore, MD: Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2004.

Clark, Carl A. Rural Churches in Transition. Nashville: Broadman Press, 1959.

Cogswell, James A. The Church and the Rural Poor. Atlanta: John Knox Press, 1975.

Collinson, C. Peter. All Churches Great and Small: The Church Scene in the United Kingdom. Carlisle: OM, 1998.

Conkin, Paul Keith. A Revolution Down on the Farm: The Transformation of American Agriculture Since 1929. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2009.

Convery, Ian, Gerard Corsane, and Peter Davis. Making Sense of Place: Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2014.

Cook, Jason, Old Time Religion: Healthy Churches in Rural Places, (Self-Published), 2021.

Coote, Robert B. Mustard-Seed Churches: Ministries in Small Churches. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1990.

Crandall, Ronald K., and L. Ray Sells. There’s New Life in the Small Congregation. Nashville, TN: Discipleship Resources, 1983.

Crandall, Ronn. Turn Around Strategies for the Small Church. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1995.

Critchfield, Richard. Trees, Why do You Wait?: Americas Changing Rural Culture. Washington (D.C.): Island, 1991.

Cushman, James E. Beyond Survival: Revitalizing the Small Church. Parsons, W. Va.: McClain Print. Co., 1981.

Dale, Tony, Felicity Dale, and George Barna. Small Is Big! Unleashing the Big Impact of Intentionally Small Churches. Carol Stream, IL: Barna Books/Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2011.

Daman, Glenn, The Forgotten Church, Chicago: Moody Press, 2018

Daman, Glenn. Leading the Small Church: How to Develop a Transformational Ministry. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 2006.

Daman, Glenn. Shepherding the Small Church: A Leadership Guide for the Majority of Today’s Churches. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Academic & Professional, 2008.

Daman, Glenn. Developing Leaders for the Small Church: A Guide to Spiritual Transformation for the Church Board. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 2009.

Daman, Glenn. When Shepherds Weep: Finding Tears of Joy for Wounded Pastors. Wooster, OH: Weaver Book Company, 2015.

Danbom, David B. Born in the Country: A History of Rural America. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017.

Davidson, Osha Gray. Broken Heartland: The Rise of Americas Rural Ghetto. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1996.

Davis, Jonathan, Sea Change: Equipping Rural Churches for the Tides of Cultural Upheaval, (Self Published), 2021

Diaz, Harry P. Farm Communities at the Crossroads: Challenge and Resistance. Regina: Canadian Plains Research Center, 2003.

Dorsett, Terry W. Mission Possible: Reaching the Next Generation Through the Small Church. Bloomington, IN: CrossBooks, 2012.

Dudley, Carl S., and Douglas Alan Walrath. Developing Your Small Church’s Potential. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 1989.

Dudley, Carl S. Making the Small Church Effective. Nashville, TN.: Abingdon Press, 1993.

Duncan, Cynthia M. Worlds Apart: Why Poverty Persists in Rural America. London: Yale University Press, 1999.

Duncan, Norman. Higgins, A Man’s Christian. New York City, NY: Dossier Press, 2015.

Earp, Edwin L. Rural Church: Serving the Community (Classic Reprint). S.l.: FORGOTTEN BOOKS, 2015.

Earp, Edwin Lee. Rural Church Movement. New York, NY: Hardpress Ltd, 2013.

Economic Restructuring and Family Well-being in Rural America. University Park: Penn State Univ Press, 2014.

Elder, Glen H., Rand Conger, and Valarie King. Children of the Land: Adversity and Success in Rural America. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014.

Emerson, Michael O., and Christian Smith. Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 2001.

Farnsworth, Kirk E., and Rosie Farnsworth. All Churches Great and Small: 60 Ideas for Improving Your Church’s Ministry. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 2005.

Farris, Lawrence W. Dynamics of Small Town Ministry. Bethesda, MD: Alban Institute, 2000.

Flora, Cornelia Butler, Jan L. Flora, and Stephen P. Gasteyer. Rural Communities: Legacy and Change. 5th edition Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2016.

Flora, Jan L., Cornelia Butler Flora, and Elizabeth Houdek. Rural Communities. Legacy and Change. Boulder: Westview Press, 1992.

Foltz, Nancy T. Caring for the Small Church: Insights From Women in Ministry. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 1994.

Foster, Virgil E. How a Small Church can have Good Christian Education. New York: Harper, 1956.

Francis, Leslie J. Rural Life and Rural Church: Theological and Empirical Perspectives. Routledge, 2014.

Funk, Abe. Hope for the Small Church. Belleville, Ont.: Essence Pub., 2005.

George W. Garner, Rural Church Planting: A Missional Footprint. Alpharetta, Georgia: North American Mission Board, 2011.

Gibson, Tim, Church and Countryside: Insights from Rural Theology, Norwick, SCM Press, 2010

Gillespie, J. T. Reaching Rural Churches. Atlanta, GA: Home Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention, 1959.

Gilley, Gary E. This Little Church Stayed Home: A Faithful Church in Deceptive Times. Darlington, England: Evangelical Press, 2006.

Goreham, Gary. The Rural Church in America: A Century of Writings: A Bibliography. New York: Garland Pub., 1990.

Goreham, Gary A. Encyclopedia of Rural America: The Land and People. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO, 1997.

Goreham, Gary. Encyclopedia of Rural America: The Land and People. 2nd Edition Millerton, NY: Grey House Pub., 2008.

Green, Lynn, and Chris Forster. Small Church, Big Vision: How Your Church can Change the World. London: Marshall Pickering, 1995.

Greene, Carl, Recognizing Rural Ministry, Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2022.

Griggs, Donald L., and Judy McKay. Walther. Christian Education in the Small Church. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 1988.

Griggs, Donnie. Small Town Jesus: Taking the Gospel Mission Seriously in Seemingly Unimportant Places. Damascus, MD: EverTruth, 2016.

Gunther, Peter F. The Fields at Home: Studies in Home Missions. Chicago: Moody Press, 1967.

Hagenstein, Edwin C., Sara M. Gregg, and Brian Donahue. American Georgics: Writings on Farming, Society and Culture, and the Land. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012.

Hagg, Harold T. “The Lumber’s Sky Pilot.” Minnesota History 31, no. 2 (June 1950).

Hahn, Steven, and Jonathan Prude. The Countryside in the Age of Capitalist Transformation: Essays in the Social History of Rural America. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1987.

Hassinger, Edward Wesley., John S. Holik, and J. Kenneth. Benson. The Rural Church: Learning from Three Decades of Change. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1988.

Hays, J. Daniel. From Every People and Nation: A Biblical Theology of Race. Leicester, Eng.: Apollos, 2006.

Hazelton, Paul N. 7 Steps to Revitalizing the Small-Town Church. Kansas City, MO: Nazarene Pub. House, 1993.

Hesselgrave, David J. Planting Churches Cross-Culturally: North America and Beyond. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 2000.

Hewitt, Arthur Wentworth. Highland Shepherds: A Book of the Rural Pastorate. Chicago: Willett, Clark, 1939.

Hoeft, Jeanne M., L. Shannon Jung, and Joretta L. Marshall. Practicing Care in Rural Congregations and Communities. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2013.

Holck, Manfred. Accounting Methods for the Small Church. Austin, TX: Church Management, Inc., 1989.

Hood, Baxter. A Little Book for Small Churches that Want to Grow. Kansas City, MO: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 1991.

Hunter, Kent R. The Lords Harvest and the Rural Church: A New Look at Ministry in the Agri-culture. Kansas City, MO: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 1993.

Hurt, R. Douglas. American Agriculture: A Brief History. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 2002.

Judy, Marvin T., and Murlene O. Judy. From Ivy Tower to Village Spire. Dallas, TX: Southern Methodist University Printing, 1984.

Jung, L. Shannon, and Mary A. Agria. Rural Congregational Studies: A Guide for Good Shepherds. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1997.

Jung, L. Shannon. Rural Ministry: The Shape of the Renewal to Come. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1998.

Kalinowski, Caesar. Small is Big, Slow is Fast: Living and Leading Your Family and Community on God’s Mission. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2014.

Kemp, Bill. Holy Places, Small Spaces: A Hopeful Future for the Small Membership Church. Nashville, TN: Discipleship Resources, 2005.

Killen, James L. Pastoral Care in the Small Membership Church. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2005.

Klassen, Ron, and John Koessler. No Little Places: The Untapped Potential of the Small-Town-Church. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2002.

Kloppmann, Karl W. A Men’s Ministry for the Small Church. Maitland, FL: Xulon Press, 2001.

Kotan, Kay and Phil Schroeder, Small Church Checkup Assessing Your Church’s Health and Creating a Treatment Plan, Nashville: Discipleship Resources, 2017,

Kroll, Woodrow Michael. The Vanishing Ministry. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1991.

London, Lisa, and Vickey Boatright. Church Accounting: The How-to Guide for Small and Growing Churches. Sanford, NC: Deep River Press, 2014.

Longenecker, Harold. Building Town and Country Churches:. Chicago, IL: Moody, 1973.

Lyson, Thomas A., and William W. Falk. Forgotten Places: Uneven Development in Rural America. Lawrence, Kan.: University Press of Kansas, 1993.

Maner, Robert E. Making the Small Church Grow. Kansas City, MO: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 1982.

Morrow, Aaron, Small Town Mission, GCD Books, 2016

Martin, Simon, Caroline Hewlett, Rona Orme, Becky Payne, and Jill Hopkinson. Resourcing Rural Ministry: Practical Insights for Mission. Abingdon, United Kingdom: The Bible Reading Fellowship, 2015.

Mavis, Walter Curry. Advancing the Smaller Local Church. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1957.

Maxwell, Patrick L.  Big Ministry in Small Places, Self Published, 2022

McCarty, Doran. Leading the Small Church. Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, 1991.

McIntosh, Gary. One Size Doesn’t Fit All. Grand Rapids, Mich: F.H. Revell, 1999.

McIntyre, Ralph L. Big Ideas for Small Sunday Schools. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1976.

McMullen, Shawn A. Unleashing the Potential of the Smaller Church. Cincinnati, OH: Standard Pub., 2006.

McMullen, Shawn A. Releasing the Power of the Smaller Church. Cincinnati, OH: Standard Pub., 2007.

Mead, Loren B. More than Numbers: The Ways Churches Grow. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.

Mondy, Robert William. Pioneers and Preachers: Stories of the Old Frontier. Chicago: Nelson-Hall, 1980.

Moore, Eric W. Pastoring the Small Church: Remaining Faithful in a Big Church World. Eugene, Or.: Resource Publications, 2013.

Moore, W. Scott. Rural Revival: Growing Churches in Shrinking Communities. Rogersville, AL.: Eleos Press, 2012.

Moore, W.  Scott. Not from Around Here, are You? Five Common Challenges to Growing the Rural Church. Rogersville, AL: Eleos Press, 2016.

Morrow, Aaron. Small Town Mission: A Guide for Mission-Driven Communities. Austin, TX: GCD Books, 2016.

Morse, H. N. Country Church in Industrial Zone. London: Forgotten Books, 2016.

Morse, H. N. The Social Survey in Town and Country Areas. New York: George H. Doran company, 1924.

Nebel, Thomas P. Big Dreams in Small Places: Church Planting in Smaller Communities. St. Charles, IL.: Church Smart Resources, 2002.

Nurse, Andrew, and Raymond Benjamin. Blake. The Trajectories of Rural Life: New Perspectives on Rural Canada. Regina: Canadian Plains Research Center, 2003.

OBrien, Brandon J. The Strategically Small Church: intimate, nimble, authentic, effective. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany Housel, 2010.

ODell, Shannon. Transforming Church in Rural America. Green Forest, AR: New Leaf Press, 2010.

Orme, Rona. Rural children, Rural Church: Mission Opportunities in the Countryside. London: Church House Publishing, 2007.

Pappas, Anthony, and Douglas Alan Walrath. Money, Motivation, and Mission in the Small Church. Valley Forge (PA): Judson Press, 1989.

Pappas, Anthony, and Scott Planting. Mission: The Small Church Reaches Out. Valley Forge: Judson Press, 1993.

Pappas, Anthony. Entering the World of the Small Church. Bethesda, MD: Alban Institute, 2002.

Pappas, Anthony. Inside the Small Church. Bethesda, MD: Alban Institute, 2002.

Parks, Lewis. Preaching in the Small Membership Church. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2009.

Patton, Jeff. If it Could Happen Here—: Turning the Small-Membership Church Around. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2002.

Philpott, Kent. For Pastors of Small Churches. Mill Valley, Cal.: Earthen Vessel Pub., 2000.

Piper, John. Bloodlines: Race, Cross, and the Christian. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2011.

Putnam, Robert D. Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2007.

Quinn, Bernard. The Small Rural Parish. New York: Parish Project, National Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1980.

Ramirez-Ferrero, Eric. Troubled Fields: Men, Emotions, and the Crisis in American Farming. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 2005.

Ray, David R. Small Churches are the Right Size. New York: The Pilgrim Press, 1981.

Ray, David R. The Big Small Church Book. Cleveland, OH: Pilgrim Press, 1992.

Ray, David R. Wonderful Worship in Smaller Churches. Cleveland, OH: Pilgrim Press, 2000.

Rich, Mark. Rural Prospect. New York: Friendship Press, 1950.

Rimmer, Harry. Last of the Giants: How Christ Came to the Lumberjacks. Abbotsford: Aneko Press, 2015.

Riney-Kehrberg, Pamela. The Routledge History of Rural America. New York: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2016.

Risley, Jean F. A Place Where Everybody Matters: Life and Ministry in a Small Church. Eugene, Or.: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2010.

Roth, Brad. God’s Country: Faith, Hope, and the Future of the Rural Church, (Harrisonburg: Herald Press, 2017.

Rowell, John. Magnify Your Vision for the Small Church. Atlanta, GA: Northside Community Church, 1998.

Ruffcorn, Kevin E. Rural Evangelism: Catching the Vision. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1994.

Rural Matters: A focus on Church Planting in Rural America, Rural Matters Institute, Wheaton, 2017.

Sanders, Jon, Rural Church Rescue, (Self Published), 2018.

Schaller, Lyle E. The Small Church is Different! Nashville, TN.: Abingdon Press, 1992.

Schaller, Lyle E. The Small Membership Church: Scenarios for Tomorrow. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1994.

Schaller, Lyle E. Small Congregation, Big Potential Ministry in the Small Membership Church. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2003.

Schnucker, Calvin. How to Plan the Rural Church Program. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1954.

Shears III, George, Rules of the Rural Church, (Self Published)  2021.

Sherman, Jennifer. Those Who Work, Those Who Don’t: Poverty, Morality, and Family in Rural America. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2009.

Sims, Rose. New life for Dying Churches: It can Happen Anywhere! The Villages, FL: New Life Church Growth Ministries, 2005.

Smith, Alan, God-Shaped Mission: Theological and Practical Perspectives from the Rural Church, Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2008

Smith, David B. Small Does not Mean Struggling. Enumclaw, WA: Winepress Pub., 2011.

Smith, Lee J. Reflections of a Small Town Pastor. Minneapolis, MN: NextStep Resources, 2013.

Smith, Rockwell C. Rural Church Administration. Nashville: Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, 1953.

Smith, Rockwell Carter. Rural Ministry and the Changing Community. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1971.

Speidel, Royal. Evangelism in the Small Membership Church. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2007.

Stanton, Allen T.  Reclaiming Rural: Building Thriving Rural Congregations, New York: Rowman and Littlefield Press, 2021

Stanton-Henry, Andy, Recovering Abundance: Twelve Practices for Small-Town Leaders, Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2022.

Stewart, Edward C., and Milton J. Bennett. American Cultural Patterns: A Cross-cultural Perspective. Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press, 2006.

Strong, Gerad, The Forgotten Field, (Self-Published), 2022

Sturm, Circe. Becoming Indian: The Struggle over Cherokee Identity in the Twenty-first Century. Santa Fe: School for Advanced Research Press, 2011.

Sullivan, Bill M., and Paul M. Bassett. The Smaller Church in a Super Church Era. Kansas City, MO: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 1983.

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The Rural Church and Community Betterment. Middletown, DE: Leopold Classic Library, 2017.

Thiessen, John Caldwell. Pastoring the Smaller Church. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publish, 1968.

Thompson, Richard P. The Tiny Church in a Big Church World. Kansas City, MO: Nazarene Pub. House, 1991.

Trebilcock, Robin J. The Small Church at Large: Thinking Local in a Global Context. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2003.

Tucker, Ruth. Left Behind in a Megachurch World. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2006.

Tyson, John H. Administration in the Small Membership Church. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2007.

Vance, J. D. Hillbilly Elegy. New York: Harper Collins, 2017.

Vaters, Karl, Small Church Essentials, Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2018.

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Wallace, Robin Knowles. Worshiping in the Small Membership Church. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2008.

Walrath, Douglas Alan. Making it Work: Effective Administration in the Small Church. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 1994.

Wells, Barney, Martin Giese, Ron Klassen, Leading Through Change, Church Smart Resources, 2005.

Weyer, Robert Van de. The Country Church: A Guide for the Renewal of Rural Christianity. London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1991.

Wiebe, H. Andy. Rural Pastor. Publisher: Author, 2015.

Wilkinson, Kenneth P. The Community in Rural America. Middleton, Wisc.: Social Ecology Press, 1999.

Wilkinson, Vernal. The Bible Live: A Basic Guide for Preachers and Teachers in Small Churches. Denver, CO: Outskirts Press, 2011.

Willimon, William H., and Robert Leroy Wilson. Preaching and Worship in the Small Church. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2001.

Willis, Steven, Imagining the Small Church: Celebrating a Simpler Path, Herdon, VA: The Alban Institute, 2012.

Wilson, Charles R., and Lynn Davenport. Against all Odds: Ten Stories of Vitality in Small Churches. Frenchtown, NJ: Jethro Publications, 1982.

Wood, Richard E. Survival of Rural America: Small Victories and Bitter Harvests. Lawrence: University Press Of Kansas, 2010.

Woolever, Cynthia, and Deborah Bruce. Beyond the Ordinary: Ten Strengths of U.S. Congregations. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2004.

Zunkel, Charles Wayne. Growing the Small Church: A Guide for Church Leaders. Elgin, IL: David C. Cook Publishing Co., 1984.

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