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Faith in Rural Communities

Our vision is to build socially dynamic and economically vibrant rural faith communities across every town and crossroads in North Carolina.

We believe what is needed for rural churches and communities to thrive and prosper is already there. So, through Connect Coaching, we locate the powerful intersection between church assets and community opportunities.



CONNECT Coaching

Connect increases community engagement through coaching, resources, and grant assistance. Participating churches create a team of 6-8 church members who are ready to lead their church’s local missional engagement. These teams meet monthly with a Rural Center coach. The program assists the church in determining their resources, understanding the trends and opportunities in the larger community, and developing a strategic plan for increasing their impact outside the walls of the church. Application is closed.

Through partnership with The Duke Endowment, Faith in Rural Communities works with churches from the mountains to the sea of North Carolina. We have worked in over twenty counties in the state. This program is provided free to rural United Methodist Churches through a grant from The Duke Endowment. Scholarships are available to other denominations.

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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. ...

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