Rural Evangelism: Catching the Vision

by Kevin Ruffcorn. Augsburg Books, 1994.

Experience gleaned from workshops presented for rural and small-town congregations informs the positive vision Ruffcorn presents in this book. He identifies the problems common to many smaller congregations (including declining membership and frequent pastor turnover), and compares and contrasts rural and suburban congregations. Rather than focusing on large increases in membership, Ruffcorn encourages rural churches to nurture members and reach out to neighbors, making the most of their talents and other available resources.