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Those sentiments can be echoed at one time or another by most people in ministry but perhaps more so by those involved in a rural or isolated area. The demands for your time, limited resources, lack of personal space and financial pressures can sometimes take their toll. Many of us operate in towns which are hours away from the next Army facility and light years from Divisional Headquarters and that can make us feel as though we are on our own instead of part of a team.
There is no doubt that ministry in a rural setting is different than it is in a city and probably far different from anything we learned about in Training College. It has its own unique charm, challenge and joy.
The Corps Ministries Department has recognized this uniqueness over the past few years and has responded by;
Which brings me to this resource; a web page dedicated to rural ministry in the context of The Salvation Army. It is my hope and prayer that through this electronic medium we might be able to reach out across the miles and share with each other our ideas, hopes, dreams, challenges and victories. Through this site we will be able to post articles, share great ideas we have, ask for help, share physical resources and use our imaginations to make our own ministry more vibrant as well as be an encouragement to others.
I hope that you look at this site from time to time, share your ideas, ask questions and find encouragement from the fact that you are not alone, someone does care and together we can be a transforming influence for Christ in our ministries.