Transforming Church in Rural America

by Shannon O’Dell. New Leaf Press, 2010.

Based on the experiences of the author as a rural pastor, this book dispels false assumptions about rural congregations and shows how stagnant churches can grow by setting goals based on vision, attitude, leadership, understanding, and enduring excellence.


accompanying videos, the future of rural congregations and ministry, common misconceptions about rural congregations

Best For

clergy and lay leaders in rural congregations


purchase as a book or e-book

Suggested Uses

  • Encourage congregational growth by adapting the five goals laid out in the acronym V.A.L.U.E.

About the Contributor

Janet Hoover

Janet Hoover is a certified spiritual director in private practice and an American Baptist pastor. She graduated from the University of Indianapolis and earned her MDiv and DMin from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. 

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