Resources on Rural Life and Ministry

The links listed here may prove useful to rural pastors and others interested in rural life.

Rural Church
  • The Covered Dish   
    Blog of the Thriving Rural Communities initiative.
  • Jeremy Troxler’s Writings and Sermons on Thriving Rural Communities
  • National Catholic Rural Life Conference   
    Includes resources such as Rural Life online magazine, books on rural life, campaigns for economic and agricultural justice, bulletin inserts, prayers, and factual information on agriculture in the United States.
  • Wartburg Center for Theology and Land 
    Offers information about online rural sociology and ministry courses, the annual Rural Ministry Conference, worship resources and prayers for rogation and rural life services, and a complete page of further rural links on the web.
  • Confessions of a Small Church Pastor
    Rev. Chuck Warnock posts sermons, blog entries, and news of interest to pastors serving churches with 300 or fewer members.
  • Ed Stetzer: The LifeWay Research Blog
    Rev. Ed Stetzer is a leader in planting biblically faithful and culturally relevant churches and president of LifeWay Research.  His blog offers insights in reaction to cultural trends and news.
  • Rural Route Church
    Musings by a rural church pastor.
  • Rural
    Resources, thoughts, and teachings offered by rural sociologist and Baptist minister Gary Fairley.
  • ELCA Rural Ministry
    The rural ministry website of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America offers resources, advocacy, and policy statements on a variety of issues tied to rural life.
  • Center for Leadership Development
    This resource center offers a discussion forum, conferences, seminars, and other resources to enrich and equip small church pastors and lay leaders.
  • Rural Migrant Ministry
    This multi-faith organization serves rural and migrant people in New York through programs of youth empowerment, education, and accompaniment (organizing).  Their website offers a variety of resources on each of these topics. 
  • Student Action with Farmworkers
    Provides opportunities for students to engage in efforts to improve the lives of farmworkers.
  • Lewis Center for Church Leadership
    Affiliated with Wesley Theological Seminary, the Center offers programs, resources, and events to inform clergy and lay leaders, congregations, and denominational leaders.
  • Rural Communities in Transition Initiative (RCITI)
    Helping rural pastors in  Burlington, N.C., discern and respond to the needs of rural communities in transition by providing resources and educational seminars in areas such as mental health, economics, job retraining, viable farming strategies, bridging cultural divides, and support to individual pastors. Website offers contact information, success stories, and links.
  • United Methodist Town and Country Ministries
    Offers resources for town and country churches, including the national comprehensive plan action guide for local churches, born again in every place.
Rural Development
  • The Rural Assistance Center
    This site offers health and human services information for rural America in the form of funding sources, information guides, news and events, a listing of experts and organizations, publications and maps, success stories, and other resources.
  • Center for Rural Affairs
    A nationally recognized policy analysis and advocacy organization focused on the upper Midwest and Great Plains that offers a variety of publications and resources geared toward sustaining and enhancing rural life.
  • North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center
    Excellent site that offers copious demographic data concerning North Carolina’s rural and small communities, as well as information about leadership programs and resources available to rural leaders.
  • Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI-USA)
    Offers information about organization that promotes sustainable agriculture and the health of rural communities, as well as updates on U.S. farm policies.
  • Christian Community Development Association
    Offers training and development resources designed to inspire and connect Christians and help them to restore under-resourced communities.
  • Center for Rural Strategies
    Helps communities and nonprofit organizations use media and communications to educate the public about the problems and opportunities present in rural communities by presenting accurate and compelling portraits of rural lives and cultures.
Agriculture & Rural Life