Center for Rural
Ministry Resources

Center for Rural
Ministry Resources

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Helping Small-Church Pastors Thrive

Retired Pastor Bill Sukolsky knows the joys and trials of ministry well. That is why he is passionate about helping pastors in his region thrive.
February 29, 2024
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Students Prepare for Annual CRM Spring Break Mission Trip

For the fourth consecutive year, a group of college students will spend spring break ministering alongside rural pastors and congregations.
February 23, 2024
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When Small-Town Pastors Unite, Big Things Happen

A group of pastors in Clarion County, Pennsylvania, are uniting to make a big difference in their community.
February 14, 2024
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Nine Youth Leaders Attend First CRM Affinity Group

The CRM kicked off its new affinity group program by gathering area youth leaders for an evening of encouragement and training with Duffy Robbins.
February 8, 2024
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Ghost Towns and Small Towns: Church Planting in a Boom-and-Bust World

In a boom-and-bust world, how do we plant churches that will last?
January 11, 2024
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Go Big or Go Home: Reimagining Rural Church Planting

In terms of kingdom significance, there are truly no small people and no small places.
January 4, 2024
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Service-Learning Opportunities Connect Students to the Local Church

This semester, two groups of students and their professors harnessed classroom learning to bless local congregations.
December 13, 2023
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Retired Pastor Joins CRM Team as “Pastor Liaison”

Retired Waynesburg, PA pastor Bill Sukolsky is joining the CRM team in the newly created position of Pastor Liaison.
December 5, 2023
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Forming Imaginations that Value Faithful Service

Reading good narratives by authors such as Wendell Berry or Marilynne Robinson or George MacDonald or Flannery O’Connor might reorient how pastors imagine successful ministry.
November 28, 2023
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Applications Open–New Pastor Affinity Groups

Three new affinity groups offer pastors and youth leaders an opportunity to connect with peers and think deeply about contextualized ministry.
November 17, 2023
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Looking Back, Looking Ahead: Pastors Reflect on Five Years of Partnership

After nearly five years of partnership, pastors reflect on lessons learned and friendships made through participation in the PRM.
October 30, 2023
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Why So Many Rural Churches?

In 1909 the US government proposed consolidating churches to one per thousand residents. Would churches meet the same fate as local schools and shops? For decades, Bud Smith’s Store stood at the crossroads village …
October 27, 2023


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