Rural Missouri Connection
The mission of the Rural Missouri Connection is to encourage and equip churches to engage with local resources in the development of outward ministries that reflect and address holistic opportunities of the community.
Questions? Contact Sidney Everhart, Community Engagement Specialist, at 573-474-3332 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This block map is a tool to help you know the neighbors who live behind the eight front doors closest to your own. Follow the steps below to discover the power of knowing your neighbor.
Recommended reading as well as useful websites and tools related to community development in rural ministry contexts.
The University of Missouri Office of Extension offers these tools, strategies and resources to empower your community and improve lives across Missouri.
This guide was designed to help you plan and host a get-together with a few neighbors. The goal of this gathering is to do something simple and meaningful with a few neighbors who live close to you. This guide will give you four steps, that will help you connect with neighbors, invite them to your gathering and follow up with them once you are done.
Get to know the gifts of your neighbors while making connections and deepening relationships. Have these conversations with those who live next door to you where you live, those who live around your church building and those who are leaders in your community.
Useful websites and tools related to substance abuse in rural contexts.
Useful websites, funding sources and tools related to ministry in small church or rural ministry contexts.
Recommended reading related to small and rural church contexts.
Data from the University of Missouri Extension on access to broadband Internet across the state.
Useful data, tools and articles related to the state of healthcare in rural Missouri.
Resources highlighting the challenges of mental health for the agricultural community.
Useful websites, tools and organizational resources related to aspects of economic development, such as entrepreneurialism, social capital and funding, in rural communities.
Recommended readings as well as useful websites and tools for communities, organizations and churches to consider in conversations around community assessment, collaboration and development.
Partners for Sacred Places, the Duke Endowment and UNC Charlotte Urban Institute conducted a study to understand the economic impact of rural churches in North Carolina. What the report showed was rural churches impact the economy through six key categories: direct spending, education, magnet effect, individual impact, community service programs and open space.
What does the movie Inside Out have to do with the Bible? The Biblical Reflection of Emotional Health discussion guides use the emotions personified in the movie – joy, anger, sadness, fear and disgust – to explore what the Bible has to say about feelings. This resource includes both a family discussion guide and a small group study that can be modified for any age level.