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.