IME5042 - Rural Ministry in an Urban Culture

Course Description

Does the rural church have a place in a contemporary culture that is dominated by an urban mindset? Based on a collaborative educational model, this course will examine this question by looking at issues facing the personal life of the rural pastor, the nature of the rural church, and the impact of changes on the rural community that in turn impact the ability of the rural church to provide effective ministry. This examination will focus on the unique identity of the pastor-shepherd with an emphasis on the pastor with limited resources, both personal and those available in the local church.

Course Objectives

After completing this course the student should be able to:

  1. Identify the unique character and role of the rural church in America
  2. Identify personal pastoral/leadership qualities that impact the ability of the pastor to minister effectively in a rural setting
  3. Identify models of ministry that provide a foundation for effective ministry in contemporary rural culture
  4. Identify challenges and provide possible solutions specific to the rural church
  5. Explore the nature of the rural community
  6. Locate helpful resources relevant to the rural church

Course Prerequisites


A complete list of books, requirements and additional details may be found on under "Class Schedule".