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The Disturbing Temptations of Pastoring in Obscurity
Leaving the limelight didn’t heal my pride; it only disguised it.
Small Town Pastors See More Than Small WondersSubscriber Access Only
Rural ministry is experiencing a resurgence in the US even as economic and demographic numbers continue their decline.
Good News in Rural America: There’s More to the Story than Poverty and Disappointment
Jesus is alive and active in rural America.
America’s Hidden Mission Field: Why We Need Rural Churches
Some rural churches are struggling, but many still have a lot left to give.
Reaching and Revitalizing Rural America: Overcoming Misconceptions, and Answering the Call (Part 3)
Christians belong in the space of need and desperation because we carry a message of hope that is vitally needed in those contexts.
Reaching and Revitalizing Rural America: Overcoming Misconceptions, and Answering the Call (Part 2)
In reality, rural America is in a perilous position — perhaps in greater danger of decay and decline than many cities.
Reaching and Revitalizing Rural America: Overcoming Misconceptions, and Answering the Call (Part 1)
To paint any people with a broad brush is not to see them for who they truly are.
One-on-One with Karl Vaters on ‘Small Church Essentials’
Instead of striving for church growth, I encourage churches and pastors to work on increasing their capacity for effective ministry.
One-on-One with Glenn Daman on ‘The Forgotten Church’
The presence of the rural church is critical if the gospel is to make an impact in the community.
Taking the Measure of Trump Country
A writer and a scholar attempt sympathetic portrayals of the president’s rural supporters, but their sympathy only extends so far.
Getting Small Churches on Mission (Part 4)
More ways small churches can serve their communities
A Small Rural Church Is Hard to Kill
A Texas Baptist pastor on the risk and resilience of America’s smallest congregations.
The Rural Church: A Special House of PrayerSubscriber Access Only
An excerpt from "God’s Country."
People Aren't Projects
...and other lessons I learned as a rural pastor.
John Perkins: I Wish I Had Done More to Help Poor White People
An excerpt from ‘Dream with Me: Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Win.’
I Overlooked the Rural Poor—Then Trump Came AlongSubscriber Access Only
This election has urban evangelicals paying more attention to the plight of small-town America.
Where the White Working Class Went WrongSubscriber Access Only
J. D. Vance loves his 'hillbilly' tribe—yet hates what they’ve become.
Overcoming the Old DivideSubscriber Access Only
When loving your neighbor means loving the church.
Smarter Rural Ministry
Your cultural assumptions will affect your effectiveness.
All God’s Children: The Spiritual Cost of Opportunity InequalitySubscriber Access Only
Christians help bridge the gap by making the local church really local.
Top Story May 20, 2019
I Used to Hide My Shame. Now I Take Shelter Under the Gospel.
I Used to Hide My Shame. Now I Take Shelter Under the Gospel.
How a gay atheist teenager discovered Jesus and stopped living undercover.
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