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“So, This is Rural” Conference

Focusing on the revitalization of church ministry in rural North America

September 29, 2023


VILLAGE MISSIONS and THE BURNHAM CENTER FOR GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT are pleased to announce a conference on the current state of the rural church in North America and how it can be revitalized. The event is free of charge and open to students and area ministry leaders interested in being involved in rural church revitalization. For students curious about or enrolled in the Synergy/Village Missions On-Ramp program, this event is the first of three events connected with this program.

  • STARTS: Friday, September 29th at 8:00 a.m.
  • CONCLUDES: Friday, September 29th at 5:00 p.m.
  • WHERE: The event will be held at CABRE 101/102

Jon Hansen – Assistant Director for Village Missions

Randy Picklesimer – District Representative for Village Missions

Ben Bielenberg – Village Missionary and Calvary University Graduate

Friday September 29, 2023
8:00-9:00 a.m. What is Rural?  The 3 R’s
9:00-9:30 a.m. Break
9:30-10:30 a.m. Stories From the Fields:  a panel discussion about real-life rural ministry with Randy, Ben, and Jon
10:30-11:30 a.m. The 3 Misconceptions about Rural Ministry
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30-1:30 p.m. The Nehemiah Principle (How God uses teamwork to meet needs)
1:30-2:00 p.m. Break
2:00-3:00 p.m. The 7 E’s of Effective Rural Church Revitalization:  bringing a church back from the brink of closing to vitality
3:00-4:00 p.m. Stories From the Fields:  a panel discussion about examples of bringing churches back to vitality with Randy, Ben, and Jon (followed by Q & A)
4:00-5:00 p.m. Village Missions Prayer and Share Meeting: corporate prayer for rural mission fields & Wrap-up session

For more information, click here to contact Josh Paxton.

Register Today!