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Developing Rural Leaders, Co-Pastoring, and Succession Part 2 with Jim and Tina Von Wald

April 16th, 2024

Join pastors Jim and Tina Von Wald for part 2 of their journey as rural church planters and co-pastors. They share not only about engaging community well and leading together, but also highlight the work of their theses. They both graduated Trinity Bible College with master’s degrees in Rural Ministry. Tina focused on developing rural leaders within the church and Jim focused on succession plans in the rural church. 

 

If you want either of their papers, feel free to email them at tinavonwald@gmail.com or jimvonwald@gmail.com

 

As always, if you want to reach out to the show for encouragement, or with feedback or ideas, contact our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Developing Rural Leaders, Co-Pastoring, and Succession Part 1 with Jim and Tina Von Wald

April 9th, 2024

Join pastors Jim and Tina Von Wald as they walk through their journey as rural church planters and co-pastors. They share not only about engaging community well and leading together, but also highlight the work of their theses. They both graduated Trinity Bible College with master’s degrees in Rural Ministry. Tina focused on developing rural leaders within the church and Jim focused on succession plans in the rural church. 

 

If you want either of their papers, feel free to email them at tinavonwald@gmail.com or jimvonwald@gmail.com

 

As always, if you want to reach out to the show for encouragement, or with feedback or ideas, contact our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Pastoring through the Seasons with Cordell Hines

April 2nd, 2024

Pastor Cordell Hines shares about his diverse experiences through 30+ years of ministry. He talks of bringing order to out of control Pentecostal experience, pastoring through church hurt, restoring faith in a pastorate after the failure of others, and much more! Tune in today for this exciting conversation!

 

As always, if you would like to reach out to the show for encouragement, or to give feedback and ideas, contact our host Joe Epley at Joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Missions Giving, Developing Teams, and Relating to Students with Cody Berntsen

March 26th, 2024

Pastor Cody is a kids pastor who is passionate about raising money for missions, helping kids from tough backgrounds, and raising up an effective team for kids ministry! Tune in to hear the conversation.

 

As always, if you want to reach out to the show for encouragement or with feedback or ideas, you can contact our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

The Value of Administration with Mackenzie Witzke

March 19th, 2024

Join pastor Mackenzie Witzke as she talks about the call of God, relational ministry, and the value of sound administration within the body of Christ. 

 

As always, if you want to reach out to the show for encouragement, or to give feedback or ideas, please connect with our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Wearing Multiple Hats: An Associate Pastor's Perspective with Jarred Smith

March 12th, 2024

Pastor Jarred Smith has spent time working as youth pastor, church administrator, bookkeeper, and a host of other associate obligations. Join us as we talk through the lessons gleaned from wearing multiple hats in ministry! 

 

As always if you have any feedback or ideas for the show, or would like some encouragement, please reach out to our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Building a Bridge to Your Community with James Young

March 5th, 2024

Pastor James Young shares about the various opportunities for community development he has experienced during his tenure as a small town pastor. He and his church have done community projects, cleaned up and renovated main street properties, and helped with poverty relief. Tune in for a fun conversation.

 

As always, if you want to reach out to the show for encouragement, or with ideas and feedback, please contact our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

All Things to All People: Contextualizing Rural Ministry with Andy McMillan Part 2

February 27th, 2024

Join us as we continue to talk with Pastor Andy McMillan as we discuss how a minister can lead themselves and their church to reach their community effectively. We discuss things like designing a church around the community demographics, the need for flexibility among pastors, and the nature of God’s call to ministry in this 2 part conversation

As always, if you want to reach out to the show with ideas or feedback, or to get encouragement, connect with our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

All Things to All People: Contextualizing Rural Ministry with Andy McMillan Part 1

February 20th, 2024

Join Pastor Andy McMillan as we discuss how a minister can lead themselves and their church to reach their community effectively. We discuss things like designing a church around the community demographics, the need for flexibility among pastors, and the nature of God’s call to ministry in this 2 part conversation

 

As always, if you want to reach out to the show with ideas or feedback, or to get encouragement, connect with our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

A Passion for Revitalization with Matt Baumgartner

February 13th, 2024

Pastor Matt Baumgartner currently lives in Laramie, WY, and is in the middle of pursuing a Phd focused on revitalization in rural churches. Join us today to talk about how that passion got started, and to look at some of the practical considerations involved with revitalization!

 

To connect with pastor Matt you can email him at matt@newlifelaramie.org

 

As always if you want to reach out to the show for encouragement, or to give feedback or ideas, contact our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Rural Resource: Pastoring Small Towns Part 1

February 6th, 2024

Join host Joe Epley as he walks through the book Pastoring Small Towns by Ronnie Martin and Donnie Griggs. Today’s recommendation will include thoughts on compassion, the nuance of the rural church, and how pride is possible, even in a small town setting.

 

As always, to reach out to the show with feedback or ideas, or for encouragement, contact our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Ministry to Those with Addiction with Jack Smart

January 30th, 2024

Jack Smart has worked for 34 years with an addiction help ministry called Teen Challenge. His life has been dedicated to helping those with addiction find faith in Jesus, from his time with teen challenge and beyond. Tune in today to hear thoughts on how to minister to this group on a local level!

If you want to get a hold of Jack Smart and hear more about the ministries he offers to those struggling with addiction in rural communities, you can reach out to him at 417-849-1160 or through his email: jacksmart64@gmail.com

As always, if you would like to reach out to the show with feedback and ideas, or to find encouragement, you can contact our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Outreach Practices with Jon Baker

January 23rd, 2024

Join us as Pastor Jon Baker shares his heartbeat for the lost through the lens of his own story, adding practical insights throughout that speak to outreach in a rural community!

 

As always, if you want to reach out to the show with feedback or ideas, or to find encouragement, contact our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Apologetics, Police Work, and Mentorship with Jason Kindelberger

January 16th, 2024

Join Pastor Jason Kindelberger as we talk about lessons applied to ministry from his work in law enforcement, the role of mentorship in shaping ministers, and his passion for apologetics!

 

 

As always, if you want to reach out to the show for encouragement, or with feedback and ideas, you can contact our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Co-pastoring, Church Hurt, and Sabbatical Lessons with Jeremy and Amanda Harris

January 9th, 2024

Pastors Jeremy and Amanda Harris are co-pastoring in Kulm, ND. Join us as we discuss the challenges and blessings of their co-lead role and hear how they navigate areas like sabbatical and church hurt.

 

As always, if you want to reach out to the show with feedback and ideas, or for encouragement, reach out to our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com.

New Year's Reflections from 2023 with Joe Epley

January 2nd, 2024

Join host Joe Epley as he walks through something praiseworthy, something challenging, and something to pray about for the rural church in the coming year!

 

As always, you can reach out to us at Joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

People First Giving with Josh Lowrance

December 26th, 2023

Join pastor Josh Lowrance as we discuss the topic of giving. In rural churches where resources are limited, Pastor Josh makes the case that priority should be given to missions, benevolence, and community outreach. He advocates that God will bless those who put people first in this way. 

 

 

As always, if you want to reach out to the show with feedback or ideas, or for encouragement, you can contact our host Joe Epley at Joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

 

 

Show Notes: 

Rural Resource: Champions! with Greg Ledgerwood

December 19th, 2023

Join Pastor Greg Ledgerwood as he shares the story behind the book Champions!: How to be God’s Champion in a Broken World. His story is rooted in the depths of personal tragedy, but also serves to catapult him into a greater understanding of the goodness of God. It’s an encouragement for any pastor walking through tough seasons.

 

As always, if you want to reach out to the show for encouragement, or with feedback or ideas, you are welcome to email our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Encouragement in the Midst of Change with Jamie Austin

December 12th, 2023

Join Pastor Jamie Austin as we discuss navigating change, creating opportunities for leaders in the local church, and staying encouraged through painful processes of revitalization.

 

As always, if you want to reach out to the show for encouragement or to give ideas or feedback, feel free to contact our host Joe Epley at Joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Longevity, Church Planting, and a Culture of Family with Cody Cochran

December 5th, 2023

Pastor Cody Cochran walks us through the highs and lows of longevity, why a pastor should or should not plant a church, and offers his unique take on creating a culture of family in his church. Tune in and check it out!

 

As always, if you want to reach out to the show with feedback and ideas, or for encouragement, please contact our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Incarnational Christmas with Joe Epley

November 28th, 2023

Join our host Joe Epley as we discuss how and why to be incarnational in your community this Christmas Season. Scripture, history, and present experience all point to the need to be tangible, present, and authentic in the lives of those around us.

 

As always, if you would like to connect with the show for encouragement, or to give feedback or ideas, please contact our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

 

Referenced in today’s episode was the book The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society by Henri Nouwen, which you can view and purchase here.

Circles of Gratitude with Joe Epley

November 21st, 2023

Join our host Joe Epley as he discusses different ways to express gratitude for the church and community you find yourself serving in. Gratitude can be a powerful element towards helping people have longevity in the rural church.

 

As always, if you would like to reach out to the show to give feedback or ideas, as well as for encouragement, please contact our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Resiliency in Rural Ministry with Chuck and Chris Griffin

November 14th, 2023

Join pastors Chuck and Chris Griffin as we walk through the mindsets, marriage principles, and ministry practices that help us do ministry over a lifetime. Their story has ups and downs, and the lessons gleaned from each season are full of great nuggets for pastors who aspire to minister long term!

 

As always, if you want to reach out to the show with feedback or ideas, or for encouragement, please contact our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Cowboy Church with Stan Formby

November 7th, 2023

Pastor Stan Formby shares a lifetime of lessons from pastoral ministry, including how to persevere when things grow and when they don’t grow. He also highlights his newest venture, Cowboy Church, and how God is using it to reach people in his rural context. Tune in!

 

As always, if you want to reach out to the show with feedback or ideas, or to find encouragement, contact our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Church Planting and Revitalization with Paul Drost

October 31st, 2023

Pastor Paul Drost talks us through his journey as a church planter, sharing insights on what success looks like, highlighting several great stories, and finally sharing wisdom he has picked up along the way on how to pour ourselves out for the sake of ministry. 

 

As always, if you would like to reach out to the show for encouragement, or with feedback or ideas, please connect with our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Rural Resource: Reclaiming Rural with Allen Stanton Part 2

October 24th, 2023

Join us for part 2 of an interview with author Allen Stanton. His book Reclaiming Rural: Building Thriving Rural Congregations is full of wisdom on how we approaching loving churches and the small communities they are a part of. Tune in to hear highlights from this incredible and timely resource.

 

If you would like to purchase the book, you can do so with the link in the show notes.

The author also provided a discount code for 30% off for purchasing through that link, which is RLFANDF30

If you want to reach out to the author for encouragement or to connect about the book or your story, you can reach him at astanton@ozarks.edu

Rural Resource: Reclaiming Rural with Allen Stanton Part 1

October 17th, 2023

Join us for part 1 of an interview with author Allen Stanton. His book Reclaiming Rural: Building Thriving Rural Congregations is full of wisdom on how we approaching loving churches and the small communities they are a part of. Tune in to hear highlights from this incredible and timely resource.

If you would like to purchase the book, you can do so with the link in the show notes.

The author also provided a discount code for 30% off for purchasing through that link, which is RLFANDF30

If you want to reach out to the author for encouragement or to connect about the book or your story, you can reach him at astanton@ozarks.edu

Authenticity in Relationships with Tony Searles

October 10th, 2023

Pastor Tony Searles shares about authenticity and how it has played out over his ministry career through multiple contexts across the rural northeast. He speaks about accepting people where they are at, and the commitment we should have as ministers to love people well.

 

As always, if you would like to reach out to the show for encouragement or feedback, reach out to Joe Epley at Joseph.g.epley@gmail.com.

Feeding the Cattle: A Look at Pastoral Care with Travis Barbee

October 3rd, 2023

Pastor Travis Barbee spent the first part of his career working on a ranch in Oklahoma while serving in the local church. As he stepped into pastoring, he found the Lord had taught him plenty about how to take care of his congregants through his years working with animals. Tune in to here these valuable insights!

 

As always, you can reach out to the show with feedback and ideas, or for encouragement, by contacting our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Lessons from a Spanish American Context with Dennis Rivera

September 26th, 2023

Pastor Dennis Rivera shares about challenges for rural multi-ethnic churches, but also the solutions that he has seen work in these contexts. These solutions are applicable for the wider rural church! 

 

As always, if you want to reach out with ideas or feedback, or just for encouragement, please contact our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Seeing God in a Food Bank with Monte Reichenberg

September 19th, 2023

Pastor Monte Reichenberg shares about seeing God show up through the work of their church in a local food bank. Today we can be encouraged and challenged by his example!

 

As always, if you want to reach out to the show for encouragement or with ideas and feedback, you can contact our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Missions Giving, Vision Casting, and Leading into God's Presence with Jeff Blizzard

September 12th, 2023

Pastor Jeff Blizzard walks us through his thoughts on vision casting, how to deal with families leaving the church, and his passion for leading others into the presence of the Lord. His insights are helpful to any pastor who wants to see long term health in their congregation.

 

As always, feel free to reach out to the show for encouragement, or with ideas and feedback, by contacting our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Mindsets for Growth with Scott Burr

September 5th, 2023

Pastor Scott shares on mindsets that have helped him achieve longevity in rural ministry. He covers practical areas like establishing a good deacon culture or how to handle families that leave, as well as his own personal moments with God that have kept him motivated when pastoral ministry gets tough.

Also, pastor Scott Burr is a published author! His book on preparing for marriage is a great resource for couples seeking godly wisdom as they approach marriage, as well as for the pastors who are guiding those couples through counseling. 

As always, feel free to reach out to the show with encouragement, feedback, or ideas by emailing our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Navigating Mentoring Relationships with Charitie Sandoz

August 29th, 2023

Pastor Charity Sandoz shares her perspective on effective mentoring and peer to peer relationships as a single woman in ministry. She draws from scripture and her own experiences to give balanced perspective on how to walk with integrity.

 

As always, feel free to reach out to the show with encouragement, feedback, or ideas, by connecting with our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Rural Resource: Church Out Here Part 2 with Will Basham and Sam Byers

August 22nd, 2023

Join us for part 2 of our discussion with authors from the collaborative book, Church Out Here: Insights from Small-Town Churches. Today’s interview with Will Basham and Sam Byers talks about how the pastor themselves finds personal community, as well as how to have a healthy and tangible sense of community within a rural congregation.

 

As always, if you want to reach the show with encouragement, feedback, or ideas contact our host Joe Epley at Joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Rural Resource: Church Out Here Part 1 with Jason Cook and Jim Drake

August 15th, 2023

Pastors Jim Drake and Jason Cook were part of a collaboration of authors who lent their voices for Church Out Here: Insights from Small-Town Churches. Today’s interview covers the rural church in decline answering the question of what to do for effective revitalization and how to care for a church facing the end of it’s journey. 

 

As always, if you want to reach the show with encouragement, feedback, or ideas contact our host Joe Epley at Joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Community Development With Beth Epley

August 8th, 2023

Beth Epley has spent the last seven years as a licensed minister of the Assemblies of God as well as the Executive Director of an economic development agency focused on investing in rural communities of southeastern Montana. Her unique blend of both vocational and marketplace ministry yields valuable lessons on community involvement, how to love your context, and the art of place-making. 

 

As always, if you would like to contact the show with feedback, ideas, or for encouragement, please connect with our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Small Town Resistance, the Power of a Funeral, and Successful Longevity with Jeff Kapelle

August 1st, 2023

Pastor Jeff Kapelle has spent 35 years ministering in Tolna, ND. Join us today as he reflects on his tenure and how he has continued to minister successfully in his rural context.

 

If you ever want to contact pastor Jeff, he can be reached at Kapklan@gondtc.com.

 

If you want to reach out to the show for feedback, ideas, or encouragement, contact our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Sustainable Rhythms of Ministry with Paul Richardson

July 25th, 2023

Pastor Paul Richardson joins us again to discuss concepts like sabbath, work/life balance, and the need to find sustainable rhythms for rural ministry.

 

As always, if you want to reach out to the show for encouragement, or ideas and feedback, contact our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Stories of God's Provision with Denny Curan

July 18th, 2023

Pastor Denny Curan recounts his ministry journey, sharing insights about how God has provided in a variety of ways. Tune in today to have your faith encouraged and challenged! 

 

As always, if you want to reach out to the show with feedback, ideas, or for encouragement, contact our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

The Rural Church in Perspective with Doug Clay

July 11th, 2023

Pastor Doug Clay serves as the superintendent of the Assemblies of God fellowship. Tune in today to hear how the rural church shaped his life and ministry, as well as the need for successful pastoral transition in the rural church.

 

As always you can reach out to the show for encouragement, feedback, and ideas by connecting with our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Setting a Church Planting Culture with Clarence St. John

July 4th, 2023

Pastor Clarence St. John has spent decades in ministry working with church planting on a network wide scale. Join us today as he gives insight into how to create room in organizations for prioritizing church planting.

 

As always, for feedback, ideas, or encouragement, reach out to our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Learning from International Rural Contexts with Nate Lashway

June 27th, 2023

Missionary Nate Lashway discusses both his rural upbringing in ministry in the United States as well as his long term experience in the African mission field. He shares about sustainable principles, taking the posture of a learner, and loving communities well.

 

As always, if you would like to reach out to the show for encouragement, ideas, or feedback, contact our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Second Career Pastoring and the Power of Prayer with Chuck Lewis

June 20th, 2023

Pastor Chuck Lewis began his pastoral career later in life! Listen in as he shares the lessons he has learned and how he has depended on the Lord in this season in prayer!

As always, to reach the show for encouragement, or to give ideas or feedback, contact our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Spirituality and Daily Disciplines with Steven Pettit

June 13th, 2023

Join Pastor Steven Pettit as we discuss spiritual disciplines, prayer, and the need to shepherd well through pastoring and church transition.

 

As always, to reach the show for encouragement, or to give ideas or feedback, contact our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Strengthening Marriages in the Rural Church with Beki Barbee

June 6th, 2023

Pastor Beki Barbee outlines an event they do annually at their church directed towards strengthening marriages. She also speaks of her own experience in her marriage and the principles she has practiced to make things work as rural pastor along with her husband. Check it out!

 

As always, to reach the show for encouragement, or to give ideas or feedback, contact our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Loving the People in Front of You with Jim Loutzenhiser

May 30th, 2023

Join us today as Pastor Jim Loutzenhiser shares about his ministry journey. Over the course of his life, he has worked as a pastor, a chaplain, a school administrator, and now a coffee roaster. All of these ministry opportunities have one thing in common: each new venture still means loving the people we find right in front of us.

 

If you want to reach out to the show for encouragement, or to give feedback or ideas, contact our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Championing the Rural Church with Rich Greenwald

May 23rd, 2023

Rich Greenwald is a long time rural pastor and the director of Rural America Ministries Network. Join us today as we discuss the journey of how to champion the rural church! From taking his first steps in rural ministry, to sharing hard earned godly wisdom, pastor Rich has a perspective you won’t want to miss!

 

As always, if you want to reach out to the show with feedback and ideas, or just to find encouragement, please get in touch with our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

 

Check out RAM network and take advantage of all their resources with the link in the show notes!

Tall Tales of the Rural Church: The Great Turkey Massacre

May 16th, 2023

Join us for a new segment that we will release occasionally examining a simple question: What is one of the strangest things you have ever done for the sake of ministry and what did the Lord teach you through it? Join host Joe Epley and a lay leader Travis Gilmore as we dive into the Great Turkey Massacre of 2018.

 

As always, if you want to reach out to the show with feedback, encouragement, or ideas, contact our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com.

Women in Ministry Part 2 with Rebecca Thomas

May 9th, 2023

Join us this week as we enter part two of our conversation with Pastor Rebecca Thomas. We will continue to discuss the hurdles facing women in rural churches as they seek meaningful discipleship, and fruitful ministry, as well as some of the ways to equip churches and pastors to help women flourish.

 

As always you can reach out to Joe Epley our show host for support, feedback, or encouragement at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com!

Women in Ministry Part 1 with Rebecca Thomas

May 2nd, 2023

Join us today for the first half of a conversation with Pastor Rebecca Thomas on women in ministry in the rural church. Over the next two weeks, we will dive into the theology surrounding the conversation, hurdles to women serving successfully, and how to create a church culture that allows women to flourish both as followers of Christ and as ministers of the Gospel. 

 

As always, if you would like to contact the show for feedback, ideas, or encouragement, please reach out to Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Sustainable Growth in a Missions Context with Bob and Leanne Bachman

April 25th, 2023

Bob and Leanne Bachman have served the Lord for decades, first as farmers, then as missionary associates. Their travels have taken them all over the globe, where they practiced principles of sustainable growth and adopted a learning mindset among those they worked with.

 

As always, feel free to reach out to our host Joe Epley for feedback, ideas, or encouragement, at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Health and Dysfunction in the Rural Church with Barry Johnson

April 18th, 2023

Pastor Barry Johnson has worked with dysfunctional churches and tried to bring them back to a place of health. After being in ministry for three decades, he has ample wisdom and insight on what to look out for in a rural church, and what some signs of health are! Tune in for some wisdom!

 

As always, if you would like to reach out to the show with feedback or ideas, or just to talk with someone and find encouragement, please reach out to our host, Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com!

A Case for Political Engagement with Jeremy Haroldson

April 11th, 2023

Join us today as we hear from lead Pastor and Wyoming state legislator Jeremy Haroldson. Pastor Jeremy makes the case that Christians should shine their light in all places, including in the political arena. Tune in today to hear his perspective!


As always, feel free to reach out to the show with feedback or ideas, or if you just want some encouragement in rural ministry. You can connect with our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Coming into Rural from the Outside with Tom Burkholder

April 4th, 2023

Join us this week as we interview Pastor Tom Burkholder  about coming into rural from the outside, creative outreach, and finding support as a bi-vocational pastor.

 

As always, if you want to reach out to the show with feedback or ideas, or just to find encouragement, please email our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

 

Ministry to People with Special Needs with Rebekah Burford

March 28th, 2023

Join us this week as we talk to Pastor Rebekah Burford about her journey in rural ministry and her desire to minister effectively to people with special needs. She draws on her own experiences as she shares some thoughts on what better ministry could look like in this area.

 

As always, feel free to reach out to the show with ideas and feedback, or just to find encouragement. You can contact our host Joe at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

 

You can check out Special Touch Ministry at their website here!

Pastoral Transition in Rural Communities with Alvin Koski

March 21st, 2023

Join us as we visit with Alvin Koski today about pastoral transition, discipleship, and how to find new growth as programs ebb and flow. 

 

As always, you can reach out to the show with feedback or ideas, or just to find conversation and encouragement, by connecting with our host at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com!

Adapting to Rural Culture with Steve Mallery

March 14th, 2023

Join pastor Steve Mallery as he talks about his journey of learning to adapt to the rural context. In today’s episode we also discuss how to change the reputation of a church and how to have effective longevity.

 

As always, if you want to reach out to the show with ideas or feedback, or just for some encouragement, contact our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

The Blessings and Challenges of Longevity with Foster Beckstrand

March 7th, 2023

Pastor Foster Beckstrand has been in Dazey, ND for 24 years. Over that span he was walked through the ebbs and flows of rural church life while faithfully serving his community. Tune in today as we discuss longevity with him!

 

As always, feel free to reach out to the show with ideas or feedback, or if you just need encouragement! My email is joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

The Rural Church and Missions Impact with Manual Probuhdas

February 28th, 2023

Join us today as we discuss the impact of the rural church on global missions efforts with pastor and missionary Manual Probuhdas. We discuss the rural church as it relates to supporting, sending, and identifying with missionary work in many different global contexts. 

 

As always, feel free to reach out to the show if you are in need of encouragement, or if you have ideas or feedback for the show. Email our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Revitalizing the Rural Church with Mike Skaggs

February 21st, 2023

Pastor Mike Skaggs has spent his 30 year ministry career revitalizing rural churches. Join us today as he shares about how to find footing in a community, the importance of integrity in all areas, and how to keep God’s church on mission.

 

As always, if you want to reach out to the show for encouragement, feedback, or to contribute ideas, feel free to email our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Rural Resource: Rural Mission by Will Basham

February 14th, 2023

Join us today as we interview pastor and author Will Basham about his book Rural Mission: Insights from a Rural Church Planter. This book offers a very practical and relatable look into the strategies of rural ministries. Pastor Will also helped found a resource called Rural Church Voices that highlights other rural authorship as well. Included are links to that resource, to Will’s book directly, as well as my email if you ever want to contact the show!

 

My email is joseph.g.epley@gmail.com if you ever want to reach out to the show with ideas or feedback!

Planting Rural Churches Part 4 with Chad Randleman

February 7th, 2023

Join us as we hear from Chad Randleman and his journey with planting a rural church. Today we get to talk about how failures often function as a “check” for our character, how to internalize the vision God has given us so that we can press on through challenges, and ultimately how we can trust God to build his church and hold people loosely.

 

If you ever want to reach out for conversation, encouragement, or to give feedback and ideas about the show, reach our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Planting Rural Churches Part 3 with Doug Gentry and Kevin Peterson

January 31st, 2023

Join us as we hear from Pastor Kevin and Pastor Doug on their experience planting a dinner church in their community. Their story is rich with insights on how church planting is possible from an existing rural congregation. They also share how their journey into a new model has brought fresh life for their Sunday morning services!

 

If anyone wants to reach out to the show with ideas or feedback, email our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com!

Planting Rural Churches Part 2 with Randy Jumper

January 24th, 2023

Join us today as we talk to Pastor Randy Jumper about the various challenges facing rural contexts. We speak of the nature of small town ministry, the breakdown between generations, and the geographic shift of rural life. We also get a look at the tried and true principles that still work when it comes to planting a rural church.

 

If you ever have ideas or feedback for the show, please reach out to our host Joe Epley at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Planting Rural Churches Part 1 with Will Hampton

January 17th, 2023

Join Pastor Will Hampton as he shares his journey with rural church planting. We cover topics today including raising up leaders, the value of rural ministers, and how to effectively plant churches in small places.

 

If you have any feedback or ideas for the show, reach out to our host Joe Epley at Joseph.g.epley@gmail.com!

The Rural Church in History: Celtic Christianity

January 10th, 2023

Join host Joe Epley as we dive into the history of the church. During the dark ages, it was not the established church of the day, but instead a rural church movement from Ireland that brought renewal to the Christian Church. This look into Celtic Christianity has some exciting lessons for the rural church of today.

If you have any questions about Rural Advancement, want to connect for an interview, or would like more info on a topic, please reach out to our host at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Rural Advancement: Year in Review

January 3rd, 2023

Join host Joe Epley as he discusses where we’ve been for 2022, what we’ve learned so far, and where we plan on going with the podcast for 2023!

 

If you ever want to get in contact with the show and ask questions or contribute ideas, you are welcome to reach out to our host at joseph.g.epley@gmail.com

Obedience to God's Call with Troy and Brenda Renter

December 27th, 2022

Join pastors Troy and Brenda Renter as they discuss their varied ministry career, going from large churches to small ones and the lessons they learned. We discuss obedience to the call of God, how to empower change in the rural church, and how to be faithful even when you are experiencing resistance in ministry.

Embracing the Process with Paul Richardson

December 20th, 2022

Pastor Paul Richardson talks about embracing the process of discipleship. Leadership, conviction, and becoming followers of Jesus takes intentionality and hands on development. Tune in today and listen!

Bi-vocational Voices Part 6 with Tim Floyd

December 13th, 2022

Tim Floyd is a pastor and a full time chaplain at a psychiatric hospital. Tune in as we discuss the value of a bi-vocational context for helping minister’s find personal satisfaction in difficult seasons, as well as discussing how God uses all things in life for our good and his glory.

Bi-vocational Voices Part 5 with Aimee Osterhout

December 6th, 2022

Join us today as we talk with Pastor Aimee Osterhout about her journey in a rural community of 98 people! Today she tells us of the value of persistence in reaching your community and the importance of trusting in the Lord’s timing!

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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"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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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. 

 

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