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Rural Congregational StudiesRural Congregational Studies
Shannon Jung, Mary Agria
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The book Rural Congregational Studies is intended to assist congregations to identify their own strengths and lead to their revitalization. It has been helpful in this regard according to numerous users. It has also been used in several seminaries as a way of introducting seminarians and pastors to the context of rural ministry.
     

 
Intentional Ministry in a Not-So-Mega Church: Becoming a Missional CommunityIntentional Ministry in a Not-So-Mega Church: Becoming a Missional Community
Dennis Bickers
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* How can a small church reach out to meet the needs of the greater community and positively impact today's culture? An experienced bi-vocational pastor, Bickers insightfully discusses maintenance vs. missional mentalities; explains and explores transformational leadership; and reveals how to capture God's vision, create a climate of change, understand our world, and more. 160 pages, softcover from Beacon Hill.
     

 
Rural Evangelism: Catching the VisionRural Evangelism: Catching the Vision
K.E. Ruffcorn
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Many books are published addressing evangelistic concerns of the urban and suburban churches, but few speak to the rural churches. With different concerns and dynamics than larger churches, rural congregations need to find ways to break down barriers built up over years of close physical contact with little spiritual challenge. Many rural churchgoers do not engage their fellow churchgoers, and so many never evangelize those with whom they do business with every day. This can be a problem when those same people constitute ones entire sphere of acquaintances.

<>Rural Evangelism<> is not a primer on evangelism, but rather attempts to refocus the evangelistic ministry of rural churches into a vibrant and active arm of the church. Leaving evangelistic instruction to dedicated ministries (such as Way of the Master or Evangelism Explosion), Ruffcorn rightly focuses on the Holy Spirit's role in evangelism while dealing with rural struggles in evangelism.
     

 
365 Ways to Criticize the Preacher365 Ways to Criticize the Preacher
Pat Jobe
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Beginning on Christmas Day and ending on Christmas Eve a year later, 365 Ways takes the reader on a spiritual journey with cranky old lady Beverly Roberts. With laughter and tears, not one, but a half-dozen stories lead us through this year in the life of one Southern rural church and shows us the kingdom in a unique and humorous light.

Beverly is a recognizable fixture in any small Southern town, but she quickly loses two-dimensional restraints. We discover her broken heart is hungry to be mended, and because of that, she has a story to tell.
     


 
Parables of a Country Parson: Heartwarming Stories of Christian Faith and LifeParables of a Country Parson: Heartwarming Stories of Christian Faith and Life
William Barton
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For heartwarming tales of Christian faith and life, don't look any further than the Parables of a Country Parson. After church historian Garth Rosell discovered the inspirational short stories of William Barton, he shared them with his friends and students. The stories were so well received that Rosell teamed up with Stan Flewelling to seek out the rare original volumes and present them in this new collection for today's readers. 192 pages, softcover, Hendrickson.
     

 
Evangelism in the Small Membership ChurchEvangelism in the Small Membership Church
Royal Speidel

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Evangelism is about introducing people to Jesus but also helping them to grow in Christ. Evangelism has nothing to do with church size, but everything to do with making disciples. Making disciples is a call from God for all churches whether that church is in a declining rural community, in a teeming inner-city, or a sprawling suburb.
     

 

 

 

 

 

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