Winner of Christianity Today's Award of Merit for The Church/Pastoral Leadership 2018
Whether it's because of the 2016 Presidential election or books like “Hillbilly Elegy,” Americans are beginning to understand the tremendous influence people in rural areas have in our nation. But rural America—not urban America—is also the new center of poverty. Thus, the rural church stands at the crossroads of strength and struggle. It carries the gospel, the very hope and power needed. Yet its ministry efforts are hamstrung because urban and suburban churches often don't realize their need for rural churches, and the rural church itself rarely understands its unique assets and values. The Forgotten Church addresses these problems and:
This book is essential for any pastor—whether from the city or the sticks—because we are one body and we need each other.
When I saw this book listed it looked like something I'd relate to. I have pastored in small town/rural churches for 30+ years. Being an idealist, I really tried to understand why the sense of worthlessness plagued me most of those years. I finally realized that denominational leaders and most organizations didn't have a clue as to the needs and challenges of rural ministry. Glenn Daman gets it. Hopefully, some denominational leaders will read this and take it to heart.
I've been a part of churches supporting urban ministries wherever I've gone, and not once has an urban church offered to assist in anything we've undertaken. Many of them surpassed us in size and resources. Time for a change of thinking. Your work for God is important, no matter where or how big.