Don’t count out small, rural churches

Studies show small, rural churches can still thrive if they focus on the needs of their community.

• Small, rural churches can still thrive if they focus on the needs of their community.

 • Fixation on youth, contributions and attendance can be counterproductive.

 • Rural churches have a better chance if they work from a sense of possibility rather than fear.

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Author: St. Mary's

St. Mary’s is a vibrant, nurturing faith community of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. Located on the bluffs above Afton State Park, we have proclaimed God’s message of love, hope and inclusion to the people of the Lower St. Croix Valley since 1863.

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