Five Great Attractions of Rural and Small Town Churches

Episode #140
April 9, 2020
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Things are changing demographically in the United States, specifically rural America. Beginning in 2013, the decline rate in rural areas began to decrease. In 2017, not only did the decline rate decrease but those arriving in rural and small towns exceeded those exiting. Today’s episode addresses how rural and small town churches can attract these new neighbors.


  1. They can feel like family.
  2. They are often integral parts of the community.
  3. They can be agile.
  4. They are often volunteer-centric.
  5. They can be tenacious.

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    • Revitalize & Replant is sponsored by the North American Mission Board and More than 10% of churches in North America are at risk of closing and the North American Mission Board is committed to reversing this trend by decreasing the death rate of existing churches while simultaneously increasing the birth rate of new churches. To learn more about what it means to become a replanting pastor or to explore resources for replanting and revitalization in your own church, visit

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