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Reimagining Church: Reclaiming Rural

Visioning a future church for the now; creating communities centered on Christ, cosmic good, and conscientious living.

Books on Rural Churches

CHURCH AFTER: Finding transformation in unexpected change by [Mitchell Hall, Anna]     Church of the Wild: How Nature Invites Us into the Sacred     SocialBook_Mockup.png     God’s Country     Picture of The Innovative Church     Organizing Church: Grassroots Practices for Embodying Change in Your Congregation, Your Community, and Our World     Reawakened          Staying Awake: The Gospel for Changemakers     This Is God’s Table     Turning Ourselves Inside Out: Thriving Christian Communities     Book - Paperback

New Visions for Rural Congregations

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The Small Churches Big Impact Collective shares best practices, ministry innovations, compensation concerns and more through their Facebook page, website and blog, and podcast.


Not Dead Yet

by Dorothy Butler Bass

[Read this one for a little hope and affirmation!]

Cover of Discovering God's Future for Your Church showing a blank wooden signpost

Rural church with a red roof

Building Thriving Rural Congregations” featuring Allen Stanton

How can rural churches break free from false narratives and unrealistic metrics? Allen Stanton lays out a new vision for healthy rural congregations as valued stakeholders and potent agents of change within their communities.

View through binoculars of a golden sunrise over a big city skyline

Episode 86: “Daring to Think Forward in a Time of Accelerating Change” featuring Dwight Friesen

How can churches get ahead of the curve by learning to anticipate change rather than always responding to change after the fact? Dwight Friesen shares ways to cultivate the imagination and skill set needed to think forward.

Stewardship & Building Use

Graphic representing an old church transforming into a vibrant congregation

Flipping the Script on Church Owned Property

How can local churches reimagine property stewardship so that a building can fund a church, rather than a church needing to fund a building? Tom Sine and Dwight Friesen offer examples of churches that have discovered innovative ways to leverage their property to fund their church and ministry.


Church Anew's Mark Elsdon is confident that We Aren't Broke.

Joerg Rieger and Tripp Fuller, founder of the Home-brewed Christianity podcast, host an online course: Capital Change: The End of Religion and Business as Usual.

In Our Library

     Book - Paperback


The End of Religion     The End of Religion Study Companion     The End of Religion Study Companion     The Storied Church: A Strategy for Congregational Renewal