I’m working on helping to start a Rural Church Ministries Center – along with a training track for rural church ministry.
Here are some thoughts about how we might define a rural church. This is just a start.
How would you define a rural church?
My own observation of those who use the label rural church would include the following:
People matter – service oriented, local connection, mentoring, one-on-one, cooperation.
Change a life – transformation is the goal, flourishing is the economics of the church, world changing starts with one person at a time.
Small is still beautiful – numbers do not determine success, beauty is enhanced not crafted, unique is admirable.
Conviction trumps culture – doing the right is more important than applause, an uncompromising culture of Christian love is vital.