The Rural Think Tank

The Rural Think Tank

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By brent lacy
The Rural Think Tank (ruralthinktank.com) has articles, demographics, and resources to help encourage ministry workers in Rural Ministry
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Rural Think Tank Podcast Episode 9: Social Media and Rural Ministry
How do we use Social Media in Rural Ministry? This episode discusses tips and thoughts in using various social media platforms in rural ministry. Links to things I mention in this episode: The Rural Think Tank - http://ruralthinktank.com Rural Youth Ministry 2nd Edition Book at Amazon - http://bit.do/rym2 Supporting this podcast - https://anchor.fm/ruralthinktank
28:47
September 17, 2019
Rural Think Tank Episode 8: If you need help, get it! Now! I'm not Kidding! We need you!
The day that the last episode aired, news broke of another high profile pastor ending his own life, Jarrid Wilson. He was an outspoken advocate of the mental health for ministry professionals.  This episode expands on the content of episode 7, in light of current events.  God has a purpose for you. Your friends, family, and congregation all love you.  Depression is a clinical disease. Get the help you need for it. It is not a sign of weakness or a "scarlet letter". We live in a fallen world, and God is going to use you, despite all you face.  Links to things I mention in this episode: News on the passing of Jarrid Wilson (Ed Stetzer did a great job on this article!) - https://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2019/september/pastor-dies-by-suicide-three-things-we-all-need-to-know.html GoFundMe for the Wilson Family (Organizer is a known close friend of the family) -https://www.gofundme.com/f/a-tribute-to-jarrid-wilson/donate National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/  Anthem of Hope - http://anthemofhope.org/join-the-movement The Rural Think Tank - http://ruralthinktank.com Rural Youth Ministry 2nd Edition Book at Amazon - http://bit.do/rym2 Supporting this podcast - https://anchor.fm/ruralthinktank
14:22
September 11, 2019
Rural Think Tank Episode 7: No one else is going to do it for you...
Taking care of yourself. This is probably one of the last things on the priority list of most ministry workers, yet it is vital. An unhealthy leader cannot take a ministry to a place of health. Many of us serve near the edge of the cliff called burnout. This episode has some tips to help back away from that cliff.  You need this!  Links to things I mention in this episode: The Rural Think Tank - http://ruralthinktank.com Rural Youth Ministry 2nd Edition Book at Amazon - http://bit.do/rym2 Supporting this podcast - https://anchor.fm/ruralthinktank
13:34
September 10, 2019
Rural Think Tank Episode 6: What can Led Zeppelin really teach us about Rural Ministry?
The Led Zeppelin classic "When the levee breaks" tells the story of a disaster causing people in a smaller town leaving for work elsewhere. There are other implications that this song brings for Rural Ministry in today's society.  You don't want to miss this episode! Links to things I mention in this episode: The Rural Think Tank - http://ruralthinktank.com Rural Youth Ministry 2nd Edition Book at Amazon - http://bit.do/rym2 Supporting this podcast - https://anchor.fm/ruralthinktank
16:32
September 6, 2019
Rural Think Tank Episode 5: Is your ministry more like HP or IBM?
In this episode we are looking at how we can learn from the last 20 years or so of the histories of IBM and HP. They have made some strategy decisions over the years that helped them either grow larger or leaner. Which is the right choice for your ministry and community ? Links to things I mention in this episode: The Rural Think Tank - http://ruralthinktank.com Rural Youth Ministry 2nd Edition Book at Amazon - http://bit.do/rym2 Supporting this podcast - https://anchor.fm/ruralthinktank
18:11
September 4, 2019
Rural Think Tank : Episode 4 - A "game changing" shift in rural ministry practice
In this episode we are going to look at how a "game changing" idea from Dare2Share (see link below) can shift how we equip our congregation to reach the community around us with the Gospel. The question is: Are you the Quarterback or the Coach? The answer changed the way I approached ministry beginning several years ago. We will also look at how local sports can be an avenue to integrate with our community.  Links to things I mention in this episode: The Rural Think Tank - http://ruralthinktank.com Rural Youth Ministry 2nd Edition Book at Amazon - http://bit.do/rym2 Dare2Share - https://dare2share.org Supporting this podcast - https://anchor.fm/ruralthinktank
18:20
August 30, 2019
Rural Think Tank : Bonus! Episode 3 - Demographics, Rural Ministry and The Rural Brain Drain, Oh My!
This is an unscheduled Bonus episode this week that is a little longer form than the typical episode.  This is because it is packed with two topics that deeply affect rural ministry - Demographics and the "Rural Brain Drain".  I also throw out a "What If" scenario for rural communities to combat the talent drain that is occurring. There are also ministry implications to this.  You will not want to miss this! Links to things I mention in this episode: The Rural Think Tank - http://ruralthinktank.com Rural Youth Ministry 2nd Edition Book at Amazon - http://bit.do/rym2 Hollowing out the Middle - https://www.amazon.com/Hollowing-Out-Middle-Rural-America/dp/0807006149 MinistryPlace Blog - http://ministryplace.net Article about College - http://ministryplace.net/open-letter-college/ Supporting this podcast - https://anchor.fm/ruralthinktank
22:40
August 28, 2019
Rural Think Tank: Episode 2 - Back 40 to 10/40
In this episode, I talk about how technology has made the world smaller, making it easier to get the message of Christ across the world in ways that we never would have imagined 20 (or even 10) years ago I also shared ways that small churches can make a global impact.  Also in the podcast, the links I mention are: The Rural Think Tank - http://ruralthinktank.com  Rural Youth Ministry 2nd Edition Book at Amazon - http://bit.do/rym2  Operation Christmas Child - https://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/ New Tribes Mission/Ethnos360 - https://ethnos360.org/ SBC International Mission Board - https://www.imb.org/
14:40
August 27, 2019
Rural Think Tank Podcast - What in the world is it?
In this episode, I share the history behind Rural Think Tank, why I am doing it, and where it is going from here.  You don't want to miss this episode.  Pastor/Youth Worker/ministry volunteer, the numbers that attend your ministry do not define you. God has called you to where you are, and you are enough. If you take nothing else from this podcast episode, marinate on that.  Also in the podcast, the links I mention are: http://ruralthinktank.com http://bit.do/rym2 - Rural Youth Ministry 2nd Edition Book at Amazon National Network of Youth Ministries - http://youthworkers.net
11:21
August 23, 2019
Love "the other" - Bloomingdale Christian Church 8-11-2019
Message from the AM service at Bloomingdale Christian Church, 8/11/19. Focal Passage is Luke 10:25-37
37:50
August 11, 2019
Bloomingdale Christian Church - How Far Will You Go to Be Well Again?
This message was recorded 7/28/2019 at Bloomingdale Christian Church in Bloomingdale, Indiana. 
37:48
July 29, 2019
After the Manger...
This message was given 12/30/2018 at Bloomingdale Friends. It is the fourth and final message in the series : A Fresh Look at Christmas
36:12
January 8, 2019
Why Bethlehem?
This message was given 12/16/2018 at Bloomingdale Friends. It is the third message in the series : A Fresh Look At Christmas
33:27
January 8, 2019
Who are you going to tell about the King?
This message was given 12/9/2018 at Bloomingdale Friends. It is the second in the message series: A Fresh Look at Christmas.
33:27
January 8, 2019
Giving and Receiving Gifts
This message was given at Bloomingdale Friends on 12/2/2018. It is the first in a series: A Fresh Look at Christmas. 
31:09
January 8, 2019
Why Was Jesus Baptized?
This is a message given on 1/6/19 at Bloomingdale Friends and is the first message in the series : The Ministry of Jesus.
36:10
January 8, 2019
Colossians Study Session 7
This is the seventh session in a study on the book of Colossians as recorded at Bloomingdale Friends August-October 2018
41:43
November 4, 2018
Colossians Study Session 6
This is the sixth session in a study on the book of Colossians as recorded at Bloomingdale Friends August-October 2018
34:00
November 4, 2018
Colossians Study Session 5
This is the fifth session in a study on the book of Colossians as recorded at Bloomingdale Friends August-October 2018
30:33
November 4, 2018
Colossians Study Session 4
This is the fourth session in a study on the book of Colossians as recorded at Bloomingdale Friends August-October 2018
33:51
November 4, 2018
Colossians Study Session 3
This is the third session in a study on the book of Colossians as recorded at Bloomingdale Friends August-October 2018
30:11
November 4, 2018
Colossians Study Session 2
This is the second session in a study on the book of Colossians as recorded at Bloomingdale Friends August-October, 2018
38:02
November 4, 2018
Colossians Study Session 1
This is the first session in a study on the book of Colossians as recorded at Bloomingdale Friends August-October 2018
39:36
November 4, 2018
Philemon Study - Week One (Single Session)
This is the session in a study on the book of Philemon as recorded at Bloomingdale Friends August, 2018
37:28
September 12, 2018
Titus Study Session Five
This is the session five in a study on the book of Titus as recorded at Bloomingdale Friends August, 2018
37:21
September 10, 2018
Titus Study Session Four
This is the session four in a study on the book of Titus as recorded at Bloomingdale Friends August, 2018
39:08
September 10, 2018
Titus Study Session Three
This is session three in a study on the book of Titus as recorded at Bloomingdale Friends July, 2018
41:41
September 10, 2018
Titus Study Session Two
This is session two in a study on the book of Titus as recorded at Bloomingdale Friends July, 2018
30:17
September 10, 2018
Titus Study Session One
This is the session one in a study on the book of Titus as recorded at Bloomingdale Friends July, 2018
19:49
September 10, 2018
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