Best Books on Rural Ministry

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With so many Christian books on Rural Ministry, which are the best? These Christian books on Rural Ministry made it to our list of top books and we’ve compiled them to make it easy for you to find them. Please note that we did not write the descriptions ourselves (for our thoughts on books, check out our book reviews).

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1) Transforming Church in Rural America


Transforming Church in Rural America
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“No matter what size church you are a part of, this book will challenge your traditional thinking, force you to look beyond the status quo, and enable you to grasp a bigger vision of what God has in store for your ministry and your leadership.” -Ed Young, Fellowship Church

“Shannon O’Dell’s passion for the rural church in America is contagious” – Craig Groeschel,


2) Entering the World of the Small Church


Entering the World of the Small Church
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This demonstrates amazingly, with unflinching honesty and a wonderfully redeeming sense of humor, a resource especially helpful in motivating change and growth by mobilizing the natural strengths of small churches.

For you who have been looking for a reliable guide to interpret the world of the small church, look no further since this provides all the insights you need. Includes images and models and strategies that reflect the profound uniqueness of the small church.


3) Small, Strong Congregations: Creating Strengths and Health for Your Congregation



The twenty-first century is the century of small, strong congregations. More people will be drawn to small, strong congregations than any other kind of congregation. Yes, there are mega-congregations; Their number is increasing greatly. Nevertheless, across the planet, the vast majority of congregations will be small and strong, and the vast majority of people will be in these congregations.

With uncommon wisdom Kennon L. Callahan–today’s most noted church consultant–moves ahead of conventional thinking and in Small, Strong Congregations offers his unique vision of the church of the future.


4) The Rural Pastor


The Rural Pastor
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Most churches are small with less than one hundred in attendance each Sunday. Many of these are in the rural parts of the country, in small villages or counties many miles away from the city.

These rural churches are served by pastors who are working hard and serving God and their church with all their heart. This book is meant to encourage rural pastors as they serve in the out of way places, as well as help others see the value and importance of these rural pastors.


5) Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis



From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.


6) The Lord’s Harvest And The Rural Church: A New Look at Ministry in the Agri-Culture



Leading church growth expert provides insights into the unique worldview of rural settings in order to help pastors serve these congregations more effectively. Paper.


7) Small Town Jesus: Taking the gospel mission seriously in seemingly unimportant places


Small towns are big mission fields that are almost totally neglected by modern church planters. City ministry has become, for many, the definition of godly ministry.

But what about the millions of people around the world who live in small towns? This is not just a book, it is a call to take the gospel everywhere, big or small, because that’s what Jesus told us to do.


8) Small Town Mission: A Guide for Mission-Driven Communities


Small Town Mission is a practical guide for gospel-centered mission in small towns. If you haven’t noticed, people who live in small towns have limited options for restaurants, shopping, and books about mission. Small towns desperately need normal, everyday people like farmers, factory workers, teachers, secretaries, and small business owners who think and act like missionaries to reach their friends, neighbors, co-workers, and extended families for Christ.

This book aims to help local churches in small towns do that. After all, mission isn’t just something that must be prioritized globally and in big cities; it must also be prioritized locally and in small towns.


9) The Healthy Small Church: Diagnosis and Treatment for the Big Issues


Small churches can be found in every denomination and among every ethnic group but often these churches struggle to survive in the shadow of the larger churches around them. And many of these churches are afflicted with unhealthy issues such as feelings of unimportance, a lack of vision, exclusivity, limited resources, and unbalanced leadership.

It is because of these aliments that many churches fail to survive.But it is possible for an unhealthy church to become a healthy church capable of experiencing growth–both physically and spiritually. In his new book, The Healthy Small Church, small church pastor Dennis Bickers diagnoses the issues that threaten the life of the smaller church and prescribes practical remedies for treating these issues.





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