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Rural Evangelism: Catching the Vision

Rural Evangelism: Catching the Vision

Responding to the need for a new vision of evangelism for small towns and rural areas, Kevin Ruffcorn presents lively suggestions and new understandings gleaned from his workshops on rural evangelism and his own experience. He emphasizes that the vision of evangelism held by those in suburbia and other well-populated neighborhoods usually does not fit rural settings. The author looks at possibilities and the problems typical of less densely populated areas, reviewing some concerns many of them experience: small memberships, frequent turnover of pastors, decreasing population of surrounding communities, and the challenge of facilitating needed changes.

Evangelism needs to emphasize faithfulness to God's call to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ, using the talents and resources available. A broader understanding can free congregations to dream big dreams and to see new possibilities. They do not need to feel compelled to evaluate their efforts in terms of large increases in membership. Rather, says Pastor Ruffcorn, such congregations can emphasize both inward and outward aspects of nurturing their own members and reaching out to their neighbors. This can be done by words and through actions in an intentional and relational manner.
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  • Publisher Augsburg Books
  • ISBN 9780806626420
  • Format Paperback
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 128
  • Publication Date March 1, 1994

Table of Contents

Square Pegs and Round Holes
Wounded Healer or Walking Wounded
The Fragrance of Life
Shaking the Pillars
Back to the Basics
Living in the Past or Striving for the Future
Just Down the Road

Appendix. Congregational Evangelism Worksheet