Center for Rural
Ministry Resources

Center for Rural
Ministry Resources

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Building Relationships in a New Pastorate

Dana Crocker After serving congregations on both coasts and in the upper Midwest, Pastor Crocker has learned a lot about building strong local relationships
April 25, 2023
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Recognizing Rural Ministry: A Review

Charlie Cotherman How can rural churches better meet the needs of their local communities? Pastor Carl P. Greene's answer might surprise you.
April 11, 2023
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“The Long Haul” Pastor Nate Keisel | Rural Ministry Spotlight

Thirteen years ago God saved Pastor Nate Keisel from a life of addiction and called him to plant Mosaic Church in the heart of Jeannette, Pennsylvania. This is a story of grit and faithfulness …
April 4, 2023
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Spring Break Service Trips Benefit Pastors, Churches, and Students

Mikayla Gainor PRM-sponsored Spring Break service trips provide opportunities for students to encourage (and be encouraged by) local pastors and their congregations.
March 30, 2023
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Fulfilling the Great Commission in the Local Church

Mikayla Gainor The folks at Oasis Church in Meadville, PA, harness innovation and local mission as they seek to fulfill the Great Commission in small-town America.
March 22, 2023
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Praying for the Upcoming PRM Spring Break Service Trips

Mikayla Gainor Two groups of Grove City College students will be spending Spring Break serving rural churches. Would you consider praying for them?
March 1, 2023
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Revival and the Local Church

Adam Loretto How can local churches build on the momentum of student revivals at places like Asbury? The answer may be simpler than you expect.
February 28, 2023
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Real vs. Virtual: Reflections on the Work of Pastoring

Joe Olkowski Pastoral burnout poses a real threat to most pastors. How can we reshape our weekly priorities to avoid it?
February 22, 2023
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The Plowshare Ministry Concept Pitch: Integrating Students into Local Congregations

Mikayla Gainor Students in Ken Smith's Entrepreneurial Leadership class are thinking about how to help college students connect with local churches.
January 21, 2023
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A People and a Place: How the Project on Rural Ministry is Helping Grove City College’s Neighbors Thrive

On a brisk Saturday evening in Fombell, Pa., a dozen Grove City College students gathered around the dinner table of Pastor Mark Sentell ’94. It was the first night of spring break, a time …
January 15, 2023
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“The Spotlight” Pastor John Keener | Rural Ministry Spotlight

Pastor John Keener has been faithfully loving God and loving the town and people of Moundsville, West Virginia for decades. It's a place and a call far from the spotlight but close to the …
December 2, 2022
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Resilient Financial Practices for the Local Church

Mikayla Gainor Can a church budget tell a story? Grove City College accounting professor Michelle McFeaters answers this questions with a resounding yes.
November 16, 2022


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