America’s 15%

October 23, 2017 ...

Rural is only 15 percent of America if you measure by population in rural counties — 46.2 million out of 308 million population. But, 46 million is 8 million more than the population of California and nearly twice the population of Texas and 26 million more population than either New York or Florida. In other …

The Rural Mindset

October 17, 2017 ...

Still, for most purposes, the intuitive concept of rural is sufficient, and the statistical nuances of a definition can be left to the statisticians. At the simplest level, two characteristics seem to be of primary relevance. First, a rural place is small, often with a population that can be counted in hundreds rather than thousands. …

The Rural Reality of Poverty

October 17, 2017 ...

Current poverty rates in rural America exceed the poverty rates in urban communities, and there are significantly less social services available to address these needs, according to the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS). Persistent poverty counties have poverty rates of 20 percent or higher, and 88 percent of persistent poverty …

Small Town, Small Church, Small Salary

October 9, 2017 ...

Through the National Association of Evangelicals’ research of 4,249 evangelical senior pastors, we discovered: 82 percent of pastors identified their community as a rural area or small town/city. Nearly 80 percent of pastors serve in congregations with fewer than 200 people, and 55 percent have fewer than 100 people in their church. The median annual …

On Pastoring the Rural

October 9, 2017 ...

Tell us the story of Cornerstone Church. Cornerstone was founded in 1942. In 2000, the leadership decided to make Cornerstone a regional church. This involved re-defining who we were, establishing biblical and ministry foundations, and multiplying ministry through other sites and support for other churches. We moved to a new site with a new building …

Leaving the City to Plant in a Small Town

October 3, 2017 ...

Something changed when I entered seminary. As church planting morphed in my mind from an intriguing idea to a real possibility I began to notice that very few church planting organizations seemed concerned about people living in places like the rural corner of America where I grew up. Church planting seemed to be almost exclusively …

The Thriving Rural Church

October 3, 2017 ...

Our culture is dominated by urban growth, cosmopolitan thinking and global concerns. But the needs and opportunities of rural places are significant as well. And church leaders willing to embrace the challenge discover the potential of rural ministry for unique kingdom impact. Contextual Contrasts Rural culture is historically very different from urban and suburban culture. …

What Age is the Best Age?

June 14, 2017 ...

Moses spent 80 years preparing to become one of the greatest leaders in human history — 40 years as a prince in Egypt and 40 years as a shepherd in Midian. He rose to historic leadership as an octogenarian, long after most Americans would have enrolled in Medicare. This year we celebrate the 500th anniversary …

Blessed are the Millennials for They Will Inherit the Church

June 12, 2017 ...

Proverbs 20:29 offers a starting point for what I believe can be one of the most exciting partnerships life has to offer. “Youth may be admired for vigor, but gray hair gives prestige to old age” (MSG). Hair styles aside, the point is clear: What the next generation has in passion, it often lacks in …

On Baby Boomers & Beyond

June 12, 2017 ...

At the age of 23, Amy became the full-time active adult minister at Central Christian Church in Las Vegas, Nevada, where for five years she led a ministry of over 300 adults 50 and older. Amy has a bachelor’s degree in Bible and family ministry from Manhattan Christian College, a master’s degree in gerontology from …