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College Students and Rural Churches: Short-Term Mission Trips

Charlie Cotherman For two groups of Grove City College students, spring break provided an opportunity to serve and learn alongside several local congregations.
June 3, 2021
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Place, Posture, Pastor: A Review of A Burning in My Bones, the Authorized Biography of Eugene Peterson

Charlie Cotherman A new biography on Eugene Peterson offers pastors an opportunity to reflect on the power of place, the pursuit of God, and nature of their call.
April 14, 2021
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Spring Break Goes Rural

Charlie Cotherman For two groups of Grove City College students, this year's spring break includes learning from and serving with rural and rust-belt pastors.
March 24, 2021
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Moving the Rural Ministry Conversation Forward

Charlie Cotherman Over the last five years, rural ministry rose to a new level of prominence in evangelical circles. How do we build on these efforts?
December 18, 2020
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Thankfulness Lights the Way

Charlie Cotherman As we approach a holiday season like none we have lived through before, it’s easy to focus on what's missing. Can we still be thankful?
November 24, 2020
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Not Alone: Leading Well When Leading Is Hard

Charlie Cotherman Leading well in this moment is hard, but it is also as important as ever. Fortunately, we don't have to lead alone.
September 16, 2020
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Not Just an Urban Issue: Racism and the Church in Small-Town America

Charlie Cotherman Only when we in the rural and small-town church reject the assumption that racism is an urban problem, can we step into the work of addressing it.
June 9, 2020
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Code Yellow: Thinking Through When and How Churches Should Reopen

Charlie Cotherman As states like Pennsylvania begin to reopen, pastors are thinking hard about how and when churches should open their doors for in-person gatherings.
May 5, 2020
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Beyond Facebook Live: Resources for Helping Small Churches Thrive During Physical Distancing

Charlie Cotherman As pastors we know that simply creating a decent streaming option for Sunday worship will not be enough to see our churches through the next weeks and months.
April 2, 2020
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Leaning In: Christ, Calling, and Community During a Pandemic

Charlie Cotherman Life has changed drastically over the last couple weeks. How does one best lead, or best pastor, during times like this?
March 27, 2020