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Faith in Rural Communities

The Faith in Rural Communities initiative partners with churches throughout the state to assess their congregational assets and opportunities for community engagement. This training supports community growth and nurtures leadership in rural communities. The goal of this work is the creation of high-impact projects that will benefit both the economic and social well-being of the communities served.

Our current partner churches are located in Ahoskie, Harmony, Mocksville, Murfreesboro, Pittsboro, Ronda, Sanford, and Siler City. If you are interested in more information, please contact us.

Thanks to a five-year grant from The Duke Endowment, the NC Rural Center will be working with 64 United Methodist churches over the next five years to build more economically-dynamic and socially-inclusive communities in rural North Carolina.


Faith in Rural Communities Workshops

Rural faith communities are uniquely positioned to provide the leadership necessary to spur their communities forward. This workshop covers the basics of Asset-Based Community Development and how it can help a church expand its missional impact. The unique challenges and opportunities for the faith community in Hurricane Florence disaster recovery will be covered.

Join other church leaders from across eastern North Carolina as they learn the unique role churches play in helping their communities thrive!

Saturday, June 1, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm, Chestnut Street UMC, 200 East 8th Street, Lumberton, NC

Information for applicants:
Cost $100 per church (covers up to five people to attend). Full scholarships are available to Duke Endowment eligible United Methodist Churches. Additional scholarships are available.