Tag: Rural Advancement

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

Join pastors Jim and Tina Von Wald for part 2 of their journey as rural church planters and...
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Developing Rural Leaders, Co-Pastoring, and Succession Part 1 with Jim and Tina Von Wald

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...
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Pastoring for all Seasons with Cordell Hines

Pastor Cordell Hines shares about his diverse experiences through 30+ years of ministry. He talks of bringing order to out of control...
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Missions Giving, Developing Teams, and Relating to Students with Cody Berntsen

Pastor Cody is a kids pastor who is passionate about raising money for missions, helping kids from...
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The Value of Administration with Mackenzie Witzke

Join pastor Mackenzie Witzke as she talks about the call of God, relational ministry, and the value of sound administration within the body...
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Wearing Multiple Hats: An Associate Pastor’s Perspective with Jarred Smith

Pastor Jarred Smith has spent time working as youth pastor, church administrator, bookkeeper, and a host of other associate obligations....
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Creating a Bridge to Your Community with James Young

Pastor James Young shares about the various opportunities for community development he has...
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All Things to All People: Contextualizing Rural Ministry Part 2 with Andy McMillan

Join us again as we talk with Pastor Andy McMillan as we discuss how a minister can lead themselves and their church to reach their...
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All things to All People: Contextualizing Rural Ministry with Andy McMillan Part 1

Join Pastor Andy McMillan as we discuss how a minister can lead themselves and their church to reach their community effectively. We...
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A Passion for Revitalization with Matt Baumgartner

Pastor Matt Baumgartner currently lives in Laramie, WY, and is in the middle of pursuing a Phd...
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Rural Resource: Pastoring Small Towns Part 1

Join host Joe Epley as he walks through the book Pastoring Small Towns by Ronnie Martin and Donnie Griggs. Today’s recommendation...
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Ministry to those with Addiction with Jack Smart

Jack Smart has worked for 34 years with an addiction help ministry called Teen Challenge. His life has been dedicated to helping those with...
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Outreach Practices with Jon Baker

Join us as Pastor Jon Baker shares his heartbeat for the lost through the lens of his own story,...
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Apologetics, Police Work, and Mentorship with Jason Kindelberger

Join Pastor Jason Kindelberger as we talk about lessons applied to ministry from his work in law enforcement, the role of mentorship in...
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Co-pastoring, Church hurt, and Sabbatical Lessons with Jeremy and Amanda Harris

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...
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New Year’s Reflections from 2023

Join host Joe Epley as he walks through something praiseworthy, something challenging, and...
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People First Giving with Josh Lowrance

Join pastor Josh Lowrance as we discuss the topic of giving. In rural churches where resources are limited, Pastor Josh makes the case that...
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Rural Resource: Champions! with Greg Ledgerwood

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

Pastor Cody Cochran walks us through the highs and lows of longevity, why a pastor should or should...
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Incarnational Christmas with Joe Epley

Join our host Joe Epley as we discuss how and why to be incarnational in your community this Christmas Season. Scripture, history, and...
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Circles of Gratitude with Joe Epley

Join our host Joe Epley as he discusses different ways to express gratitude for the church and community you find yourself serving in....
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Church Planting and Revitalization with Paul Drost

Pastor Paul Drost talks us through his journey as a church planter, sharing insights on what...
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Rural Resource: Reclaiming Rural with Allen Stanton Part 2

Join us for part 2 of an interview with author Allen Stanton. His book Reclaiming Rural: Building Thriving Rural Congregations is full of...
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Rural Resource: Reclaiming Rural with Allen Stanton Part 1

Join us for part 1 of an interview with author Allen Stanton. His book Reclaiming Rural: Building Thriving Rural Congregations is full of...
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Authenticity in Relationships with Tony Searles

Pastor Tony Searles shares about authenticity and how it has played out over his ministry career...
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Feeding the Cattle: A Look at Pastoral Care with Travis Barbee

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...
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Lessons from a Spanish American Context with Dennis Rivera

Pastor Dennis Rivera shares about challenges for rural multi-ethnic churches, but also the solutions that he has seen work in these...
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Seeing God through a Food Bank with Monte Reichenberg

Pastor Monte Reichenberg shares about seeing God show up through the work of their church in a...
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Missions Giving, Vision Casting, and Leading into God’s Presence with Jeff Blizzard

Pastor Jeff Blizzard walks us through his thoughts on vision casting, how to deal with families leaving the church, and his passion for...
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Mindsets for growth with Scott Burr

Pastor Scott shares on mindsets that have helped him achieve longevity in rural ministry. He covers practical areas like establishing a...
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Navigating Mentoring Relationships with Charitie Sandoz

Pastor Charitie Sandoz shares her perspective on effective mentoring and peer to peer relationships...
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Rural Resource: Church Out Here Part 2 with Will Basham and Sam Byers

Join us for part 2 of our discussion with authors from the collaborative book, Church Out Here: Insights from Small-Town Churches....
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Rural Resource: Church Out Here Part 1 with Jason Cook and Jim Drake

Pastors Jim Drake and Jason Cook were part of a collaboration of authors who lent their voices for Church Out Here: Insights from...
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Community Development with Beth Epley

Beth Epley has spent the last seven years as a licensed minister of the Assemblies of God as well...
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Small Town Resistance, the Power of a Funeral, and Successful Longevity with Jeff Kapelle

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...
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Healthy Work Rhythms with Paul Richardson

Pastor Paul Richardson joins us again to discuss concepts like sabbath, work/life balance, and the need to find sustainable rhythms for...
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Stories of God’s Provision with Denny Curan

Pastor Denny Curan recounts his ministry journey, sharing insights about how God has provided in a...
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The Rural Church in Perspective with Pastor Doug Clay

Pastor Doug Clay serves as the superintendent of the Assemblies of God fellowship. Tune in today to hear how the rural church shaped his...
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Setting a Church Planting Culture with Clarence St. John

Pastor Clarence St. John has spent decades in ministry working with church planting on a network wide scale. Join us today as he gives...
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Learning from International Rural Contexts with Nate Lashway

Missionary Nate Lashway discusses both his rural upbringing in ministry in the United States as...
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Second Career Pastoring and the Power of Prayer with Chuck Lewis

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...
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Spirituality and Daily Disciplines with Steven Pettit

Join Pastor Steven Pettit as we discuss spiritual disciplines, prayer, and the need to shepherd well through pastoring and church...
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Strengthening Marriages in the Rural Church with Beki Barbee

Pastor Beki Barbee outlines an event they do annually at their church directed towards...
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Loving the People in Front of You with Jim Loutzenhiser

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...
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Championing the Rural Church with Rich Greenwald

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...
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Tall Tales of the Rural Church: The Great Turkey Massacre

Join us for a new segment that we will release occasionally examining a simple question: What is...
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Women in Ministry Part 2 With Rebecca Thomas

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...
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Women in Ministry Part 1 with Rebecca Thomas

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...
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Sustainable Growth in A Missional Context

Bob and Leanne Bachman have served the Lord for decades, first as farmers, then as missionary...
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Health and Dysfunction in the Rural Church with Barry Johnson

Pastor Barry Johnson has worked with dysfunctional churches and tried to bring them back to a place of health. After being in ministry for...
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A Case for Political Engagement with Jeremy Haroldson

Join us today as we hear from lead Pastor and Wyoming state legislator Jeremy Haroldson. Pastor Jeremy makes the case that Christians...
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Coming into Rural from the Outside with Tom Burkholder

Join us this week as we interview Pastor Tom Burkholder  about coming into rural from the outside,...
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Ministry to People with Special Needs with Rebekah Burford

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...
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Pastoral Transition in a Rural Community with Alvin Koski

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

Join pastor Steve Mallery as he talks about his journey of learning to adapt to the rural context....
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The Challenges and Blessings of Longevity with Foster Beckstrand

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...
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The Rural Church and Missions Impact with Manual Probuhdas

Join us today as we discuss the impact of the rural church on global missions efforts with pastor and missionary Manual Probuhdas. We...
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Revitalizing the Rural Church with Mike Skaggs

Pastor Mike Skaggs has spent his 30 year ministry career revitalizing rural churches. Join us today...
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Rural Resource: Rural Mission by Will Basham

Join us today as we interview pastor and author Will Basham about his book Rural Mission: Insights from a Rural Church Planter. This book...
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Planting Rural Churches Part 4 with Chad Randleman

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...
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Planting Rural Churches Part 3 with Kevin Peterson and Doug Gentry

Join us as we hear from Pastor Kevin and Pastor Doug on their experience planting a dinner church...
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Planting Rural Churches Part 2 with Randy Jumper

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...
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Planting Rural Churches Part 1 With Will Hampton

Join Pastor Will Hampton as he shares his journey with rural church planting. We cover topics today including raising up leaders, the value...
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The Rural Church in History: Celtic Christianity

Join host Joe Epley as we dive into the history of the church. During the dark ages, it was not the...
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Rural Advancement: Year in Review

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...
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Obedience to God’s Call with Troy and Brenda Renter

Join pastors Troy and Brenda Renter as they discuss their varied ministry career, going from large churches to small ones and the lessons...
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Embracing the Process with Paul Richardson

Pastor Paul Richardson talks about embracing the process of discipleship. Leadership, conviction,...
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Bi-vocational Voices Part 6 with Tim Floyd

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...
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Bi-vocational Voices Part 5 with Aimee Osterhout

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...
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Bi-vocational Voices Part 4 with Maynard and Brenda McCarthy

Join us today as we interview Pastors Maynard and Brenda McCarthy and hear about the lessons that...
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Rural Resource: The Forgotten Church Part 2, with author Glenn Daman

Join us today as we continue discussing Glenn Daman’s book, The Forgotten Church: Why Rural Ministry Matters For Every Church in...
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Rural Resource: The Forgotten Church Part 1

Join host Joe Epley as he walks through various bits of wisdom from the book The Forgotten Church: Why Rural Ministry Matters For Every...
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Bi-Vocational Voices Part 3 with Tyler McGuire

Tyler McGuire works both as a pastor and in the public school system. Join us today as we discuss...
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Bi-vocational Voices Part 2 with Steve McBrien

Join us today as we discuss being bi-vocational with Steve McBrien, pastor in Oswego, Kansas. Steve shares about how coaching has opened...
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Bi-vocational Voices Part 1 with Garrett Freier

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...
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Community Outreach Part 3 with David Bright

Join us today as we dive into how to meet the community in unlikely places. Pastor David Bright...
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Community Outreach Part 2 with Kent Anderson

Join us today as Kent Anderson discusses the need to reach community stakeholders, the benefit of long term relationship building, and his...
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Community Outreach Part 1 with Chuck Pruett

On today’s episode, Pastor Chuck Pruett shares lessons learned from his tenure in a Minnesota small town.   He shares about a...
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Rural Mindsets: The Good, the Bad, and the Godly part 3 with Gerad Strong

Gerad Strong was raised rural, has pastored rural churches, planted rural churches, and now helps...
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Rural Mindsets: The Good, the Bad, and the Godly, part 2 with Kevin Geer

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

Join us today as we talk with long time rural minister Twyla Kuntz about which mindsets help rural churches, which ones hurt rural...
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Rural Resources: God’s Country Part 2, Interview with Brad Roth

Join us today as we interview Brad Roth about his book, God’s Country: Faith, Hope, and the...
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Rural Resources: God’s Country Part 1

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...
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Discipleship Part 4: Miracles in the Marketplace with Steve Donaldson

Join us today as we hear insights from Steve Donaldson, founder of Rural Compassion. He shares about how to instill creativity in the rural...
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Discipleship part 2: Holy Spirit Empowered Discipleship with Alton Garrison

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What if Your Blessings Come Through Forks?

Rural Interviews

“What are we going to do with hundreds of thousands of plastic forks?”
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Church Turnaround in Rural America

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Finding factors led rural pastors from a season of plateau or decline to turnaround; producing chur…
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