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The Church’s Prophetic Call

The Church’s Prophetic Call

A nationwide study of Christians found that church leaders can play an important role in convincing more people to get the COVID vaccine. In our rural communities, there are people like Naaman in 2 Kings 5: 1-19, people who may seem initially hesitant to take the...
Broadband in Rural NC – A Small (yet big) Step

Broadband in Rural NC – A Small (yet big) Step

“How can we help this community?” is the question Smith Grove United Methodist Church began asking when they merged with a church located in Cooleemee, North Carolina. Rather than drawing any conclusions on their own, they decided to engage in community dialogue. ...
Blog: Digital Community?

Blog: Digital Community?

When the pandemic began, I was skeptical of the possibility of living and operating in a faith community by virtual means. How could I possibly partake in the life of the church through Zoom? Is it true that the church can worship, I mean really worship, God while I...
The Church’s Prophetic Call

Harmony UMC

The congregation of Harmony United Methodist Church understood that the town of Harmony was hungry, and they had several successful programs in place that served food to community members in need. As a part of the pilot cohort of Faith in Rural Communities-affiliated...
The Church’s Prophetic Call

Smith Grove UMC

Above most doors at Smith Grove United Methodist Church in Davie County hangs a sign with the words, “A place to belong… A place to matter.” In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis and the inability to gather in physical church buildings, Smith Grove UMC is finding new...