By Jerran Jackson
Rural churches have faced many challenges, and they will face many more. We have highlighted possible solutions in these articles. While your church may be doing well right now, it’s not inconceivable it could be forced to close its doors within the next 20 years.
The best mind-set is a willingness to join Jesus in new adventures. The future for your church might include part-time ministers, mergers, and hiring from within. It’s important to openly discuss and pray about what might be necessary and best for the kingdom. It’s also important to try new approaches. If the new approach doesn’t work, refine it and try again. Gather wisdom from church leaders outside of your congregation.
And keep following Jesus. His church will be victorious, and your congregation can add to that victory.
Jerran Jackson has served Clarksburg (Indiana) Christian Church, a small, rural congregation, for 40 years.