Bi-vocational Voices Part 4 with Maynard and Brenda McCarthy

November 29th, 2022

Join us today as we interview Pastors Maynard and Brenda McCarthy and hear about the lessons that bi-vocational ministry has taught them. We will highlight their journey and how it affected their parenting and family especially. Tune in as we continue this conversation!

Rural Resource: The Forgotten Church Part 2 with Author Glenn Daman

November 22nd, 2022

Join us today as we continue discussing Glenn Daman’s book, The Forgotten Church: Why Rural Ministry Matters For Every Church in America. Today, we interview author and pastor Glenn Daman regarding his book. Listen in as we discuss the importance of learning community history, the trends in education towards rural resourcing, and the need for a long term heart for the rural church.

Rural Resource: The Forgotten Church Part 1

November 15th, 2022

Join host Joe Epley as he walks through various bits of wisdom from the book The Forgotten Church: Why Rural Ministry Matters For Every Church in America by Glenn Daman. The book walks through the value and validity of rural ministry as well as the lessons and wisdom needed to lead in a rural context. Next week we will hear from Glenn Daman personally and his thoughts on the book!


Bi-vocational Voices part 3 with Tyler McGuire

November 8th, 2022

Tyler McGuire works both as a pastor and in the public school system. Join us today as we discuss empowering other in the church, touching the community, and seeing growth through unconventional means.

Bi-vocational Voices part 2 with Steve McBrien

November 1st, 2022

Join us today as we discuss being bi-vocational with Steve McBrien, pastor in Oswego, Kansas. Steve shares about how coaching has opened doors to mentoring young men in his community and why being bi-vocational is not just an option, but an opportunity.

Bi-vocational Voices part 1 with Garrett Freier

October 25, 2022

Join us this week as we hear from Garrett Freier, who spent 10 years in bi-vocational small town ministry as a youth pastor. Listen in today as he shares the challenges and blessings that bi-vocational ministry brought into his life.

Community Outreach Part 3 with David Bright

October 18, 2022

Join us today as we dive into how to meet the community in unlikely places. Pastor David Bright opens up about the Liar’s Table, how that turned into Granite Station Cowboy Church, and the lessons learned on the journey!

Community Outreach Part 2 with Kent Anderson

October 11, 2022

Join us today as Kent Anderson discusses the need to reach community stakeholders, the benefit of long term relationship building, and his desire to see churches use resources for community bridge-building.

Community Outreach Part 1 with Chuck Pruett

October 4, 2022

On today’s episode, Pastor Chuck Pruett shares lessons learned from his tenure in a Minnesota small town.


He shares about a culture of embracing change, the advantages of different types of outreach, and the importance of follow up.

Rural Mindsets: The Good, the Bad, and the Godly, part 4 with Dwight Sandoz

September 27, 2022

Join us today as we finish out our series on rural mindsets. Dwight Sandoz is the head of Rural Advancement, and he shares the wisdom he has gained from a career of rural ministry. Listen in as we discuss a culture of raising leaders, how to deal with tough personalities, and how to keep the plain things the main thing!

Rural Mindsets: The Good, the Bad, and the Godly, part 3 with Gerad Strong

September 20, 2022

Gerad Strong was raised rural, has pastored rural churches, planted rural churches, and now helps other pastors do the same. Join us as we discuss rural mindsets, speaking of how to develop leaders, leave a scarcity mindset behind, and get creative with God’s calling on our lives.

Rural Mindsets: The Good, the Bad, and the Godly, part 2 with Kevin Geer

September 13, 2022

Pastor Kevin Geer was raised in a small town and now pastors a church intent on planting churches in rural places. Tune in as we discuss leadership, how to be comfortable with change, and how to live life for God’s approval above all else.

Rural Mindsets: The Good, the Bad, and the Godly, part 1 with Twyla Kuntz

September 6, 2022

Join us today as we talk with long time rural minister Twyla Kuntz about which mindsets help rural churches, which ones hurt rural churches, and hear the wisdom she has lived by over her rural ministry career.


Rural Resources: God's Country Part 2, Interview with Brad Roth

August 30, 2022

Join us today as we interview Brad Roth about his book, God’s Country: Faith, Hope, and the Future of the Rural Church. Listen in as Brad Roth discusses his rural journey and the spiritual lessons God has taught him along the way. Check out the links below to see the book we are discussing today, as well as his newest work.

Rural Resources: God's Country Part 1

August 23, 2022

Join host Joe Epley as he talks through some of the lessons he pulled from the book God’s Country: Faith, Hope, and the Future of the Rural Church by Brad Roth. Then tune in next week as we interview the author and hear his insights!

Discipleship Part 4: Miracles in the Marketplace with Steve Donaldson

August 16, 2022

Join us today as we hear insights from Steve Donaldson, founder of Rural Compassion. He shares about how to instill creativity in the rural church and cultivate a dependence on God’s power in the rural pastor.

Discipleship Part 3: Lessons on Community with Neil Oravsky

August 9, 2022

Neil Oravsky has recently completed his masters degree through Trinity Bible College and Graduate School on the subject of spiritual formation among emerging adults. Join us today as we talk with Neil about community, discipleship, mentorship, and how to help young adults integrate into the rural church.

Discipleship Part 2: Holy Spirit Empowered Discipleship with Alton Garrison

August 2, 2022

Alton Garrison speaks of the role of the Holy Spirit in empowering the local church to disciple people. He also lays out tangible goals on how to help a church find its niche in the community and see God work through the unique gifts of a local body of believers.

Discipleship Part 1: A Visit to Rural Kansas with Dwight Dozier

July 27, 2022

In this episode we sit down and visit with Pastor Dwight Dozier, a rural minister in Great Bend, Kansas who has served the church there for over two decades. Listen in as Pastor Dwight shares about the high bar of Christian discipleship and the unique challenges facing rural churches.

The Church In An Age of Marketing and Media: Integrating Practical Strategies

March 3, 2021

Pastor Denny Curran of River of Life Church in Cold Spring, MN joins us to discuss the unique role of websites and social media in making the community aware of your church’s presence. Denny presents practical strategies and methods his church has exercised and how they have effected church turnout.


Denny Curran

How Education Furthers Ministry: From a Church That Has More Than Doubled Post-COVID

October 20, 2020

Why should a rural pastor enter a master’s program? On this episode, Dwight Sandoz asks pastor Stephen White why graduate studies has helped him answer the questions he did not even know needed to be answered and how it has furthered his ministry during the season of COVID-19. Stephen and Dwight also touch on the topics of applying learned ministry concepts and the spiritual and worshipful benefits of academics.


Steven White

A Confident Call: Insight on the Life and Ministry of a Female Pastor with Dawn Slack

October 12, 2020

What is it like to be a female pastor in a conservative area? On today’s podcast, Dwight Sandoz interviews Pastor Dawn Slack on some of the challenges and benefits of being a female pastor of a rural church in today’s world. While giving insight to the topic of calling, she provides encouragement and advice to those in both vocational and non-vocational ministry on how to confront challenges that come their way.

Dawn Slack

Pastor Cody Cochran: The Challenges and Benefits of Church Planting

September 30, 2020

As the senior pastor of three PAC church plants in the West Texas area, Pastor Cody Cochran, recounts some of the challenges church planters face, the sacrifices they must make as well as some of the ways God has provided for their churches along the way. Pastor Cody speaks to their values as a church to stay connected as a community, disciple and new leaders and emphasize the transformative importance of missions within a church. 

Cody Cochran Podcast

Pastor Cody Cochran: Unique Pastoral Strategies in Unwelcoming Places

September 22, 2020

After filling in for what was originally supposed to be a few weeks at a rural church in a “not very desirable town” in West Texas, Pastor Cody Cochran describes why, 19 years later, he is still the pastor of that church and what it took to overcome the numerous challenges that faced him throughout the journey.


Serving God From Behind the Pulpit and on the Governmental Level: A Conversation with Pastor Cory Musgrave

September 17, 2020

Cory Musgrave always loved politics growing up. Now, while pastoring New Beginnings church in Illinois as well as running for State Representative in the 109th district of Illinois, Pastor Cory confesses to listeners what it was like to communicate this transition to his congregation and also gives insight into balancing the tension between church and state.

How do Christians balance the tension between church and state

"Not Your Ordinary Church:" an Extraordinary Church Movement Seeking to Reach an Unordinary Community

September 10, 2020

Reverend Cory Musgrave is the lead pastor of a rural church in Fairfield, Illinois that is making out-of-the-ordinary movements for the Kingdom of God. In their conversation, Garrett Freier draws out Pastor Cory’s story of how his church works to draw in people disaffected by church and seeks to reach their community and their government by non-ordinary means. 

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Cory Musgrave Fairfield, IL

Utilizing the 7 Mountains of Influence on the Native American Reservation: With Dobie Weasel From Life Tribe Ministries

September 1, 2020

In this episode, Dobie Weasel tells his testimony of how God brought him from a life of dealing drugs, and severe alcohol abuse to becoming a traveling evangelist, pastor, and now the founder and president of Life Tribe Ministries. Alongside his incredible testimony, Dobie tells of his experience ministering on the reservation and how Life Tribe Ministries has successfully utilized the 7 Mountains of Influence to minister to Native Americans across the United States. 


Dobie Weasel Podcast


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