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We would like to believe that disunity is just a political problem, but division and discord infect our churches as well. The reality is that rural and urban churches typically know plenty of stereotypes about one another but have few actual relationships with one another.
As a result, there is little interaction between the two groups. Rural churches end up isolated and lack the resources they need, while urban and suburban churches miss out on the wisdom of their rural brothers and sisters.
The Forgotten Church analyzes how we got here, how to move forward, and what we can learn from one another along the way. It will teach you the truth about rural culture and spiritual life, as well as the history, strengths, and challenges of today’s rural church. We cannot afford to live our separate church lives anymore. It is time to embrace one another and work together as one body. If we cannot find a way to stand together, we will fail alone.
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2018
|Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 X .58 (inches)|
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Whether its because of the 2016 Presidential election or books like "Hillbilly Elegy," Americans are beginning to understand the tremendous influence people in rural areas have in our nation. But rural Americanot urban Americais also the new center of poverty. Thus, the rural church stands at the crossroads of strength and struggle. It carries the gospel, the very hope and power needed. Yet its ministry efforts are hamstrung because urban and suburban churches often dont realize their need for rural churches, and the rural church itself rarely understands its unique assets and values. The Forgotten Church addresses these problems and:
- provides an overview of rural ministry
- explores opportunities recent trends provide
- showcases the remarkable benefits of suburban, urban, and rural churches working together
This book is essential for any pastorwhether from the city or the sticksbecause we are one body and we need each other.