Politics and Rural Ministry

https://youtu.be/iVL4gR8dxrM Greetings, and welcome to Growing Rural Ministries. I am passionate about helping rural churches thrive for the glory of God! In this episode, we’re going to address the rural church’s role in politics and the Gospel. In polite company, there has long been an unspoken rule that you don’t talk about money, religion, or … Continue reading Politics and Rural Ministry

Why “Dream Small” might be better advice than “Dream Big”

Image by ivabalk on Pixabay https://youtu.be/DSdKGRdTbb8 Have you heard the song Dream Small by Josh Wilson? It is so inspiring for the rural ministry context! Much of our conversations, training, and reading about ministry urges us to dream big and then take baby steps toward that big vision. What if "God sized dreams" are actually … Continue reading Why “Dream Small” might be better advice than “Dream Big”

How do we embrace our current reality and bloom?

https://youtu.be/oDb8WiQ-R-0 This has been an absolute mess of a year in a lot of ways. We've all been struggling. I've been struggling. Thankfully, I found several webinars and classes that helped to shift my focus and find peace and confidence in the Lord to lead through these uncharted waters. The only problem is they were … Continue reading How do we embrace our current reality and bloom?

Is Your Rural Ministry Prepared for an Urban Exodus?

Photo credit: Anoushka Toronto on Depositphotos https://youtu.be/6moQ1Rws0Ow Since COVID-19 shut down business as usual, many people have shifted to working from home. This was already the case for some at least part of the week. In the days before COVID, however, their children were at school during those hours. With so many schools going virtual … Continue reading Is Your Rural Ministry Prepared for an Urban Exodus?

Making one small change might be the best thing for your ministry right now

https://youtu.be/lBLy-jmFIDU I have been in so many video meetings since March. I had to make some modifications to make that possible. I taped a camera on top of my computer screen and set up a speaker and microphone. However, the way my desk was positioned in the room, I was back-lit by a big stained … Continue reading Making one small change might be the best thing for your ministry right now

Eight Ideas for Socially Distant, Relationship Rich Discipleship

https://youtu.be/W0r1U0xRozg One of the beloved aspects of the rural Church is relationships. It is very difficult to be anonymous...until now. With the need for social distancing, relationships are harder to maintain and much harder to start. However, you probably have already figured out ways to be in relationship with those you love during this season. … Continue reading Eight Ideas for Socially Distant, Relationship Rich Discipleship

What good is a ministry coach, anyway?

(Image Credit: Created on WordArt.com by Growing Rural Ministries) https://youtu.be/zApXB06dA9I What is coaching? Val Hastings, Master Certified Coach and Founder and President of Coaching4Clergy and other coach training organizations, wrote, "As a coach, I help people get the results they want by bringing out the best in them. Coaching isn't about fixing people or solving … Continue reading What good is a ministry coach, anyway?