The Bible is, in many ways, a rural text. It relates to people with industrial, agrarian, and small-town leanings. Even Jesus, often present in urban settings, teaches using small town and country metaphors.
This course encourages participants to view scripture as a means of fostering new life and ministry in rural settings beyond Sunday school understandings of the scripture.
The course includes audio lectures, readings, course postings, and a project which allows for application of the material learned in the course.
Students are required to have the following book for this class:
- Rural Evangelism: Catching the Vision, by Kevin Ruffcorn
*The instructor will be available to answer questions or provide needed assistance with digital office hours on Tuesday mornings during the six week course.
This course is eligible for 3.0 CEU.
About the Instructor
Jonathan LeMaster-Smith lives with his wife, Shannon, in Hildebran, North Carolina (District 12 of the Hunger Games movies). He holds a PhD in Christian Education and Congregational Studies from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary with a focus on Rural Ministry and Methodist Studies. His work includes presentations on Dolly Parton, articles on ditch lilies, and musings about the genius of mayonnaise.