This course is for people lay people and clergy in rural communities who want to explore the value of the Bible to their distinctive rural settings. It is a six-week course and the first course in the Rural Ministry Certification from the Institute for Discipleship. Participants explore the unique places they live and how the Bible matters both inside and outside of the church without being glued to studies and sermons.
The instructor will hold Office Hours on Tuesdays at Noon Eastern Time for Questions, Discussions, and other Engagement for the duration of the course.
Students are required to have the following book for this class:
- Rural Evangelism: Catching the Vision, by Kevin Ruffcorn
- Prophet and Teach: An Introduction to the Historical Jesus by Richard Herzog II
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.