A Louisiana pastor talks about the blessings to be found and the lessons to be learned in the rural church.
REV. STEPHEN FIFE
The Liturgy Nerd
I pastor in a rural church.
This is not surprising given the fact that the United Methodist Church started in the United States of America as a rural church. Circuit riders rode to the frontier outposts of a new country that was just beginning to expand. We planted churches where these frontier places were. These Methodist circuit riders rode for miles just to reach the people because they believed so passionately in the power of the message that they were bringing to impact these frontier communities. They wanted to change lives.
Fast forward to today. The rural church in America is in trouble.