One of the most common struggles experienced by rural pastors is a sense of isolation in ministry, and one of the common struggles for rural churches is limited resources. If you are looking for answers to these common struggles, join me for this interview with five of the pastors involved in Front Porch Ministries; a … Continue reading Front Porch Ministries
https://youtu.be/rm10JCfxchM Welcome to Growing Rural Ministries! Join us in this episode for an interview with Steve Donaldson of Rural Compassion and be encouraged to allow ministry to "move at the speed of relationships" so that you may "see the unseen" and offer the presence and love of Jesus! Do you need more encouragement like this … Continue reading #GoRural! An interview with Steve Donaldson of Rural Compassion
https://youtu.be/lkG1zclOP4Y Bill and Charla Burnette, husband and wife, are both serving rural churches in Tennessee. The congregation Charla is serving is more than double the size of Bill's two put together. However, no matter the size, they have found the joy of discipleship! In this interview you'll hear how their congregations are thriving because they … Continue reading Love Local: An Interview with The Burnettes
(Photo by Ryanniel Masucol on Pexels) https://youtu.be/dzZLpbC4GGA *Video and podcast contain the content below plus a prayer for you and your ministry Friends it has been three months since my last post, because my family and I have been in a season of personal and professional transition. My clergy credentials have been transferred to the … Continue reading Hopeless or Displaced Hope?
https://youtu.be/-lkLRL4Qm3Q In this interview with pastors Kent Garfield and Ymbar Polanco, hear the amazing story of how the Holy Spirit took a rural church on the verge of closing to a multiplying, multi-site, multi-ethnic ministry! This did not happen overnight, but through faithful perseverance, across multiple generations, following the Holy Spirit in one direction. As … Continue reading From 0 to Multiplying: a multiple generation vision bears much fruit
I first came across the name Danny Davis and his ministry as I was searching for updated rural ministry resources to share, and I discovered his book that came out in 2020: The Rural Church Turnaround. The opening words of the description read, "Declining or plateauing rural churches do not have to die! They can … Continue reading The Rural Church Turnaround (with Danny Davis)
https://youtu.be/4nBbqnXk8Mg In the last post, we heard the story of how Pfrimmer's Chapel, a small, rural church in Indiana, committed to God’s vision that they should remain intentionally small while working to multiply disciples worldwide! This rural church has planted six churches in four countries and has entered into 8 ministry partnerships internationally over the … Continue reading Strategically Small, Multiplying the Kingdom Worldwide Part 2
https://youtu.be/ztay_b5Ii9A In this episode, I had the joy of interviewing Pastor Tim Johnson from Pfrimers Chapel. (indiana) He shares the story of how this very rural church (in a place where there are more opossums than people, as he put it) ended up planting 13 churches internationally in 2020-2021! Check out the video or listen … Continue reading Strategically Small, Multiplying the Kingdom Worldwide! Part 1
https://youtu.be/P0Q6C6YuHCU I am so excited to share this interview with you! Melanie and Rosalie are two of the leaders of The Power In Me Conference and Warrior Courses in Callao, MO. Watch the video to hear their story of this culture shaping, life transforming ministry that is happening (and growing!) in this rural community with … Continue reading The Power In Rural Ministry
https://youtu.be/K1xjz7KAS-w Shortly after I first launched this blog (in 2018), I was attending a rural ministry conference and got to speak with several people about this new resource I was developing. One woman replied, "Oh yes, I read that once. It is too much about reaching children and youth. We don't have any kids." I … Continue reading What does it mean to faithfully make new generations of disciples in your community?