The Project on Rural Ministry, an initiative of the Lilly Endowment and Grove City College, is holding its annual conference Saturday, Sept. 10, on campus.
The conference examines “The Resilient Local Church” and features a workshop with Brad Roth, pastor of West Zion Mennonite Church, Moundridge, Kan., and author of “God's Country: Faith, Hope, and the Future of the Rural Church,” along with discussions with Grove City College faculty and leadership about the challenges and opportunities of rural ministry.
The conference is geared toward local clergy and lay leaders and open to the public. It begins at 9 a.m. Saturday in Rathburn Hall. Registration is available online at ruralministry.org or at the door. There is a $10 fee.
Roth will conduct an 11 a.m. workshop entitled “Hungry for Christ, Sustained by Grace: Resilient Rural Ministry.” Other conference speakers include:
- Dr. Michelle McFeaters, dean of Grove City College’s College of Business and assistant director of PRM, on “Resilient Financial Practices for the Church” and “FAQs of Church Finances.”
- Duffy Robbins, professor of Biblical and Religious Studies and renowned youth ministry leader, on “Resilient Youth Ministry.”
- Chris Ansberry, associate professor of Biblical and Religious Studies, on “Preaching and Teaching Ecclesiastes.”
- Dr. Carl Trueman, professor of Biblical and Religious Studies and best-selling Christian thought leader, on “Light, Momentary Affliction: The Secret to Resilient Ministry.”
The Project on Rural Ministry works with pastors serving churches in agricultural, rust belt, and Appalachian communities in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia to bolster the partnership of college, church, and community.
For more about the conference and The Project on Rural Ministry, visit ruralministry.org.