Pastors go to great lengths to connect with their communities. How about pitching in at a milking parlor at 4 a.m., or turning an old grain mill into a teen and tween hangout? Those are exactly the types of efforts you will read about in Rhonda Sholar’s article, “Rural Outreach From the Inside Out.” Sholar states that “part of being a church in any setting is identifying the marginalized in the community and responding to their needs.” That is why rural pastors are reaching out by rolling up their sleeves to help on the farm, hosting a backyard carnival at the church, and finding ways to be the community’s support center in an economic downturn. These types of environments draw people in to want to know Christ and experience the love of the church.
(from Thriving Pastor)