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Rural America Resources

Training, help and hope for non-urban communities

Influence Magazine on March 7, 2018

Rural Matters Institute. Rural Matters Institute is a community for pastors and Christian leaders that provides support, learning, and community for those working in non-urban contexts in North America. It is an institute of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton (Illinois) College. For more information, visit:

Water Tower Leadership Network. God has given Bryan Jarrett and the people of Northplace Church (Assemblies of God) in Sachse, Texas, a big heart for under-resourced and overlooked pastors of small towns in rural America. The Water Tower Network mentors and trains rural pastors by investing in their families, coming alongside their churches, and training them for the challenges of rural ministry. For more information visit: /pastors/.

Rural Compassion. Convey of Hope in Springfield, Missouri, has expanded its compassion and training outreach to include rural communities through the initiation of a unique ministry called Rural Compassion. The mission of Rural Compassion is to equip rural churches and pastors to reach their communities. For more information, visit:

Rural America Ministries Network. Rural America Ministries Network (RAM) provides ministry, resources, and support to pastors, churches and communities in rural America by working with a cooperative network of ministry affiliates currently involved in rural ministry and outreach. For more information, visit:

This article originally appeared in the March/April 2018 edition of Influence magazine.

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