Rural congregations – and the communities they serve – are widely misunderstood. Because of their often small size, they are often assumed to be in decline or failing. But many rural congregations are thriving and all have unique gifts to offer their communities. Join Allen Stanton, executive director of the Turner Center at Martin Methodist College, as he explores what it means to be a thriving rural congregation. In this workshop, he’ll break down the myths and stereotypes of rural communities and their congregations, explore indicators of rural vitality, and look at the ways that rural churches can become important leaders in their communities.
Date and time: 10:30 a.m.-noon (Eastern) on April 21, 2021 and 2:30-4 p.m. (Eastern) on April 28, 2021
In this event, you’ll learn about:
- The real opportunities and challenges facing rural communities.
- What it means to be a thriving rural congregation.
- The role of the rural church as a community leader.