Rural Congregational Studies: A Guide for Good Shepherds

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Nearly all pastors sent to rural congregations were nurtured in larger urban congregations, and nearly always educated in urbanized seminaries. A wide culture gap between leaders and members often emerges among the church leaders in rural congregations. This book is designed to address and study the issues that arise when ordained and lay pastors are called or appointed to rural congregations.

This handbook will orient seminary students and pastors who are doing ministry in ...

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Overview

Nearly all pastors sent to rural congregations were nurtured in larger urban congregations, and nearly always educated in urbanized seminaries. A wide culture gap between leaders and members often emerges among the church leaders in rural congregations. This book is designed to address and study the issues that arise when ordained and lay pastors are called or appointed to rural congregations.

This handbook will orient seminary students and pastors who are doing ministry in rural congregations. It focuses on the nature of congregational life in such a setting, showing ways to deal with the issues and challenges specific to rural culture. The authors tell how to best engage in evangelism and mission in the particular locations in which these congregations find themselves.

Rural Congregational Studies: A Guide for Good Shepherds outlines features of different rural settings that affect life and church life. Each chapter contains a section of "resources" (sidebars, ideas, programs, and so forth) that tie it to the chapter theme.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687031399
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Pages: 156
  • Product dimensions: 8.55 (w) x 10.99 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary A. Agria is a Rural Development Specialist at the Center for Theology and Land, a joint project of the Wartburg and University of Dubuque Theological Seminaries in Iowa.

Shannon Jung is associated with the Center for Theology and Land: Rural Ministry Program, Wartburg Theological Seminary, in Dubuque, Iowa.

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Table of Contents

About This Book 11
1 Introducing Rural Ministry: Congregational Studies in Perspective 15
Resources for Clarifying Attitudes Toward Rural Ministry 20
2 Understanding the Rural Context 29
Resources for Understanding the Context 39
3 Who Are We? Identifying the Spirituality of Rural Congregations 57
Resources for Discovering Congregational Identity 64
4 Program: The Congregation Expressing Itself in Action 73
Resources for People-Centered Programs 79
5 Understanding Process: Leadership and Style in the Rural Congregation 87
Resources for Understanding Process 99
6 Building Community: Strategies for Empowering Rural Congregations 113
Resources for Building Community 121
A Compendium of Resources for Ministry with Rural Communities 141
Notes 151
Index 155
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