Rural communities are built on connection and relationships, to place, people, heritage, and culture. This course helps students discern the best partnerships for their ministries to engage the gifts of their communities. This text involves developing a partnership plan based on discernment processes.
Students are required to have the following book for this class:
- Small-Town America: Finding Community, Shaping the Future, by Robert Wuthnow
- Transforming Communities: How People Like You are Healing Their Neighborhoods, by Sandhya Rani Jha
This course is eligible for 3.0 CEU.
You will need a password to enroll in this class as a proof of pre-requisites.
About the Instructor
Dr. Jonathan LeMaster-Smith holds a PhD in Christian Education and Congregational Studies from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. The focus of his work is in rural ministry. He teaches regularly for many schools in the fields of Christian Education, Rural Ministry, and United Methodist Studies.
His most recent writing is on rural youth ministry as erosion control and is working on an article related to Wesley eschatology in rural communities. He serves as the Director of Connectional Ministries at Oak Hill United Methodist Church. He lives in Hildebran, North Carolina, with his wife Shannon, a United Methodist Deacon. She serves at First United Methodist Church, Newton. The have 3 dogs, enjoy hiking, playing board games, and working on their new home.