Inside Out: The Forgotten Rural Church

06.20.18 | Martha Manikas-Foster

You’ve heard the stereotypes about rural people in “the fly-over states.” It’s hard to be dismissed from the national conversation because of your GPS coordinates, but even harder when you sense similar stereotypes—and maybe even condescension--within the Body of Christ. 

“Right now, in our country, we’ve got a huge urban-rural divide. We see it politically, and we see it in terms of worldview. The tragedy is we even see it within the church,” says Glenn Daman, my guest for this Inside Out interview podcast. He’s a pastor and author whose new book is titled “The Forgotten Church: Why Rural Ministry Matters for Every Church in America.” In the book, and in our conversation, Daman talks about the benefits and the needs of the rural church, and why these matter to all Christians.     

“If you look at rural ministry, the pastor really has an impact outside the walls of the church,” he says. “Oftentimes, in terms of the rural community, they look at the pastor and they’ll identify and say, ‘Well, that’s our pastor,’ even though they don’t darken the doors of your church. But they really sense that you are a part of the community—and an important part of the community.” 

Choose the LISTEN or DOWNLOAD icon above to listen to our 15-minute conversation. 

Learn about Glenn Daman

Learn about the book The Forgotten Church: Why Rural Ministry Matters for Every Church in America 

“We need to be concerned about the health of rural America and the rural church just as much as we’re concerned about the health of the urban ministry and the urban church,” says Daman.


Your Comments(please keep them on topic and polite)

on 06.22.18 Cynthia Bell commented

Thank you for this! It was encouraging to me, a member of a small rural church!

on 07.03.18 Martha commented

Thanks for listening, Cynthia!




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