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The obituaries of rural and small-town churches are premature.
Overall, the country's "non-metro" areas have lost an average of 43,000 residents every year since 2010. So it's hardly surprising that urban and suburban ministry is a focus for so many. But what about the lost sheep scattered in the countryside? Their churches are shrinking and their pastors are disappearing.
As a pastor, this both excites me and raises some anxieties. It seems as though God has given those of us in rural contexts a wide-open door to reach more people for Christ. And yet, are we prepared for the ways this may change our communities?
An Indiana pastor, his sister and elderly mother all recently died from the new coronavirus over the course of a week as new data shows the brunt of the devastation from the virus shifting toward rural and less densely populated parts of the United States.
Rural America is full of old churches. Many are little more than a small wooden structure erected by a long-forgotten congregation dating to when towns and villages formed around lumber camps, railroads and mining developments in the 19th century.
A lot of us want to do great things for the Lord. But great doesn't necessarily mean big.
Churches have been allowed to assist their pastors and ministers with housing costs by providing a tax-exempt housing allowance. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is challenging this benefit.
The Philippine government has frozen the bank accounts of a church organization for “probable cause,” alleging they are “related to terrorism financing.”
Our rural county in Northwest Washington state went from moderate risk for COVID-19 to high risk in a matter of days. This is not good news for any of us living here.
A cycle of teen sex, low motivation, pregnancy, drug use, and poverty is crushing many rural areas.
Recently, in a phone conference, someone used the analogy that becoming a virtual church is like playing chess without ...
It may be easier to encounter Pokémon even in rural areas inside \"Pokémon Go.\"
The Covid-19 crisis continues to bring challenges to the leadership of the rural church as we try to navigate through these unchartered waters.
'Pokémon Go' News: Devs Hint at Future Plans Designed to Improve the Gaming Experience for Rural Players
"Pokémon Go's" developers are still working on ways to make the game more accessible and enjoyable to players in rural areas.
Niantic Labs may have just rectified one of the biggest sources of complaints of players in its augmented reality game \"Pokemon GO,\" all without making a peep.
You could call it the biblical version of Madame Tussauds, the famous museum known for its wax figures of celebrities and other famous personalities.
As churches nationwide consider plans to reopen, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report showing how the coronavirus spread through a single Arkansas congregation earlier this year resulting in dozens of infections and as many as four deaths.
'Pokémon GO' May 2017: Spawn Rates Increase in Rural Areas; Mobile Game Celebrates Golden Week in Japan
Niantic has introduced several changes to "Pokémon GO." The newest update to the popular augmented reality mobile game now allows players to catch more pocket monsters in a shorter amount of time.
A county in Ireland is considering allowing intoxicated residents in rural areas to obtain special permits that would allow them to drive drunk.