Photo by Sharleine Thorhaug Eger on Facebook Have you ever given much thought to the song "O Little Town of Bethlehem" or to why God chose Bethlehem as the birthplace of Christ? Currently the population is around 25,000, and it is a tourist attraction. But back then, it was a "little town" located between Jerusalem … Continue reading Christmas Hope for Rural Ministry
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”
Photo by Tommy Lopez on Pexels.com I had the privilege and pleasure of being a guest on the Holy Conversations podcast! It aired October 22, 2020. I invite you to take a listen as we discuss the current realities and future of rural ministry. Click the image above or HERE to listen. Thank you to … Continue reading Holy Conversations…Let’s have some!
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?
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?
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
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
(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?
https://youtu.be/bxNM5OuGL_w You now have the option to read or watch/listen to my blog posts! The video includes a prayer for your ministries as well. Links referred to in the video are included in the text below. The history of our rural churches often plays a huge role in the identity of our church today. It … Continue reading Was your church a North or South Church, and how is that influencing your ministry today?
Bucklin Methodist Church: Easter 1918, Sunday School (212 record attendance) Our Conference has republished some articles which give us a glimpse into the ways Missouri Methodists led and served during the 1918 flu pandemic. In one of those articles I discovered something so exciting and inspiring for rural ministry! The very first article speaks of … Continue reading Rural Churches Leading the Way for City Churches in the Midst of Pandemic