Augsburg Fortress

Discovering Hope: Building Vitality in Rural Congregations

Discovering Hope: Building Vitality in Rural Congregations

God's Spirit is breathing new vitality into rural congregations! Hear what 26 effective rural congregations have to say about God's activity in and through them. In these stories, you can explore the best practices for vital ministry and identify action steps for your own setting.

Use Discovering Hope: Building Vitality in Rural Congregations on your own, in a group, or at learning events involving many congregations.
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  • Publisher Augsburg Fortress
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780806641478
  • Pages 128
  • Dimensions 7 x 9
  • Publication Date July 28, 2001


"This resource places readers in the hands of rural leaders and congregations who practice effective ministry. This is a much needed and unusually wise guide for the rural church."
— Tex Sample
Author of U.S. Lifestyles and Mainline Churches

Table of Contents

Introduction: Putting This Book to Work

Stories of Hope: Finding Vitality in Rural America
Prayer: Letting Go and Letting God
Worship: Building Community and Hope
Making Disciples: Learning to Live Jesus' Way
Evangelism: A Way of Life
Caring Ministries: Serving as Jesus Served
Leadership: Who's Driving the Tractor?
Context: Discovering the Gift of Place
Mission: Possible — Discovering Hope for the Future
Going Deeper: Resources for Further Study
Appendix: Research Procedure and Participants