The Rural Think Tank

The Rural Think Tank

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 Thinktank Podcast Episode 42: What can the business world teach churches from the CoVID 19 response?
This episode looks at things that Churches can learn from how businesses adapted to the changes brought on by the CoVID 19 Response. 
13:52
June 2, 2020
Rural Thinktank Podcast Episode 41: Foundations for Equipping Parents in Keeping Your Kids Safe Online
This episode looks at some foundational issues in training parents to keep their kids safe online.  Some of the resources mentioned: Circle - https://meetcircle.com/ Bark - https://www.bark.us/?ref=WCKZNJZ (Disclosure Note: I am a Bark Affiliate) Amazon Freetime Unlimited - https://www.amazon.com/ftu/home?_encoding=UTF8&crid=B387P7WF3RMF&dchild=1&keywords=freetime%20unlimited&qid=1590799563&ref_=sr_1_2&sprefix=freetime%20unl%2Caps%2C713&sr=8-2 Norton Family Premier - https://us.norton.com/norton-family-premier OpenDNS  Family -  https://www.opendns.com/home-internet-security/ Cloudflare 1.1.1.1 for Families - https://blog.cloudflare.com/introducing-1-1-1-1-for-families/ Sophos Home - https://home.sophos.com/en-us.aspx
22:48
May 30, 2020
Rural Thinktank Podcast Episode 41: Continuing Online Church Services in the Post Covid world
This episode talks about what resources are available to churches to enable them to continue streaming church services as they start to physically re-open.  Some resources mentioned:  Mevo Cameras - https://mevo.com/ Church.online https://churchonlineplatform.com/ Faithlife Streaming - https://livestream.faithlife.com/ New Book resources: http://amazon.com/author/brentlacy
19:58
May 21, 2020
Rural Thinktank Podcast Episode 40: How can churches become a vital part of the community in the Post-Covid world?
This episode discusses things that churches can do to become a vital part of their community as restrictions begin to lift in our communities.  New Book resources: http://amazon.com/author/brentlacy
09:57
May 19, 2020
Rural Thinktank Podcast Episode 39: The Post-Covid Church.
This episode discusses some things that we are going to need to consider in the church as our communities begin to recover from the Covid-19 crisis.   New Book resources: http://amazon.com/author/brentlacy
15:06
May 14, 2020
Rural Thinktank Podcast Episode 38: Hiatus, New Resources, and the Start of "Post-Covid-19 Discussions"
This episode talks about what has happened at the Rural Thinktank during the last month. Where were we? What new resources are both here, and on the way. It also begins the discussion of things that churches should start to discuss in the Post Covid-19 world.  New Book resources: http://amazon.com/author/brentlacy
15:54
May 12, 2020
Rural Thinktank Podcast Episode 37: What is a "Near Miss"?
This episode goes into why this new training resource from Rural Think Tank is called "Near Miss".  I go through what that term means in the safety industry, and how we as parents have often had "Near Misses" with our children and not even realized the danger we unknowingly introduced. I talk about the mindset required as a vigilant parent.  To schedule a " Near Miss" Training in your community, go to http://ruralthinktank.com and click the contact button in the top right hand corner
15:59
March 17, 2020
Rural Thinktank Podcast Episode 36: Announcing The new "Near Miss" training and tools...
This episode is announcing the new training and tools from Rural Think Tank called Near Miss: An IT Professional Speaks Out on Keeping Kids Safe Online.  There are going to be live and online options for hosting this training with parents in your community.  To schedule a " Near Miss" Training in your community, go to http://ruralthinktank.com and click the contact button in the top right hand corner
11:33
March 13, 2020
Rural Thinktank Podcast Episode 35: Keeping Kids Safe Online
Content Warning - This episode is not kid - friendly as it discusses the realities of keeping children safe on line.  ABC Nightline video on "Sloane Ryan" (not real name) that talks about how tactics and predators are being caught online by a special operations team at Bark.  Here is the full article from "Sloane" Voice for the Voiceless - This Episode is an interview with the mother of a child that was exploited online (Warning: there is some tough to handle, raw emotional content in this episode) Tools mentioned in the episode: Bark - Bark is a tool that monitors and protects your kids online - tell them I sent you by going to bark.brentlacy.com+ Video on Bark here https://www.qustodio.com/en/ - Another tool that monitors, protects and reports on your child's online activity https://www.life360.com/ - this is another recommended solution  https://meetcircle.com/ - Circle is a combination hardware and software solution.  There is also the announcement of my New Training - Near Miss: An IT Professional speaks on keeping your child safe online. If you are interested in knowing more or scheduling this training for parents in your community,  go to http://ruralthinktank.com and click the contact button in the top right corner.   There will also be a special bonus episode on 3/13/20 that goes live at 8:00AM EST dedicated specifically to the "Near Miss" Training. 
31:03
March 12, 2020
Rural Thinktank Podcast Episode 34: Should your pastor search team use an outside independent consultant?
This episode is about the usefulness, pros, and cons associated with using an outside independent church consultant in cooperation with your search team. I share some of the things that I have experienced serving in this role for several churches.  As always, if this is a blessing, share this podcast with others. If you feel led, you can support this podcast at anchor.fm/ruralthinktank If you have thoughts/input/questions, go to ruralthinktank.com and hit the contact button or go to anchor.fm/ruralthinktank and leave a voice message.
12:36
March 10, 2020
Rural Thinktank Podcast Episode 33: If your church had a CIO (Chief Information Officer), what would they tell you?
This episode is about the thing that many small and medium sized churches think they cover, but really neglect - Their IT We discuss Data Security, Backup, Hardware Refresh, and other things that many churches ignore, accidentally or on purpose.   I try my best to break down all the terms I discuss to terms that anyone who has ever turned on a computer understand.  As always, if this is a blessing, share this podcast with others. If you feel led, you can support this podcast at anchor.fm/ruralthinktank If you have thoughts/input/questions, go to ruralthinktank.com and hit the contact button or go to anchor.fm/ruralthinktank and leave a voice message.
18:28
March 5, 2020
Rural Thinktank Podcast Episode 33: Maintaining the business reputation of a church
This podcast episode addresses the question - Can how a church conducts business in the community help or hinder it's witness and reputation? The answer may not be as clearcut as you think...  If you have thoughts/input/questions, go to ruralthinktank.com and hit the contact button or go to anchor.fm/ruralthinktank and leave a voice message.
12:15
March 4, 2020
Rural Thinktank Podcast Episode 32: Change the Oil
This is a message on Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 given 1/26/30 at Bloomingdale Friends Church in Bloomingdale, Illinois.  If you have thoughts/input/questions, go to ruralthinktank.com and hit the contact button or go to anchor.fm/ruralthinktank and leave a voice message. Video available on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/scott.miller.9619/posts/10158132991073960?comment_id=10158133159328960&reply_comment_id=10158133562978960&notif_id=1580056196868779&notif_t=comment_mention 
28:48
January 26, 2020
Rural Thinktank Podcast Episode 31: Is the age of large youth events over?
This podcast episode looks at the evolution of large youth events, and what that looks like over the last 5-10 years.  Some events have remained, some have evolved.  Some of the Things I mention in the episode: Dare2Share Live: https://dare2sharelive.org/ WinterJam : https://2020.jamtour.com/ Contacting RuralThinkTank :http://ruralthinktank.com/contact-the-rural-think-tank/ Supporting the Podcast: https://anchor.fm/ruralthinktank
20:15
January 24, 2020
Rural Thinktank Podcast Episode 30: The Bible is Bizarre
This is a message given 1/19/2020 at Bloomingdale Christian Church in Bloomingdale, Indiana.  This covers some of the odd passages that we find in the Bible and how we can see how God cares for us through them, and what theses passages tell us about ourselves
33:19
January 20, 2020
Rural Thinktank Podcast Episode 29: Do churches really stink at HR?
This episode explores some of the tough questions that need to be asked as a church goes through a pastor search process. It is by no means exhaustive, but designed to get you thinking about the discussions that need to happen during the search and interview process.  If you have thoughts/input/questions, go to ruralthinktank.com and hit the contact button or go to anchor.fm/ruralthinktank and leave a voice message. 
24:22
January 14, 2020
Rural Thinktank Podcast Episode 28: Leveraging the power of the local church for you community
This episode talks about my experience at a Operation Christmas Child processing center in Chicago and the lessons learned there that can translate to local community ministry efforts.  Things I mention in this episode: Operation Christmas Child - https://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/ Blessing Boxes - https://www.facebook.com/Blessing-BOX-1723297441261962/
18:18
January 9, 2020
Rural Thinktank Podcast Episode 27: The Corvette in the Barn - Aligning your social media and technology in ministry
This episode was recorded prior to episode 25, a prequel if you will. (If you have not listened to episode 25, you need to) This episode drills down on the need for churches to align their technology and social media outreaches to see them as a combination of tools that all are designed to extend the message of your church as opposed to individual "siloed" ministry efforts.  Things i mention in this episode: Anchor.FM  - https://anchor.fm/ Faithlife - https://faithlife.com/ Life Church  - https://open.life.church/ Right Now Media - https://www.rightnowmedia.org/
22:07
January 6, 2020
Rural Thinktank Episode 26 : More thoughts on Church Safety
This episode contains information localized to the US/North America, due to laws that are present here.  There may be content that you might disagree with in this episode, but please hear me out and listen. This Episode was recorded in mid-December 2019, before the last round of church/synagogue violence in the US. The discussions that I call for that need to take place in your congregation are even more timely now.  Things I mention in this Episode: Concealed Carry Podcast Episode with Stephen Willeford Armed Lutheran Radio Episode - Defending the Flock Sheepdog Church Security - https://sheepdogchurchsecurity.net/
18:04
January 2, 2020
Rural Thinktank Episode 25: The Corvette in the Barn
This is a message given at Bainbridge Christian Church in Bainbridge, Indiana on 12/29/2019.  Focal Passage: I John 1:1-10 The Word of Life 1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2 the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— 3 that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. Walking in the Light 5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. Things I Mention in the Message: Johnny Morris - Cabela’s/Bass Pro - Working together to make a difference. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2NC8u5E3mQ&feature=youtu.be&om_rid=NuPwMH&om_mid=_BeAn6wB90rR9b8&email=brentlacydotcom%40gmail.com Right Now Media - https://www.rightnowmedia.org/
47:48
December 31, 2019
Rural Thinktank Episode 24 : Bonus Episode! - Thoughts on IT in the local church
This is a bonus episode about IT in the local small/rural church.  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
07:12
December 6, 2019
Rural Thinktank Episode 23: What is a "Community Missionary"?
I often refer to myself and the ministry I provide in my area as being a "Community Missionary". It's not an idea that is new or novel. I am sure that there are a lot of people like me all over rural areas that are doing some of the same things in my community that I do. The way I read the Bible in Matthew 28, It would be a great thing if every small community had it's own "Community Missionaries". 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
16:00
December 5, 2019
Rural Thinktank Episode 22: Modern Thoughts on Church Security
This episode looks at some thoughts on how Church Security has changed in recent years.  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
23:46
December 3, 2019
Rural Thinktank Episode 21: Things you don't learn in Bible College or Seminary about Rural Ministry
This episode looks at some of the things you encounter in rural ministry that they do not teach you about in college or seminary.  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
17:58
November 28, 2019
Rural Thanktank Podcast Episode 20: Epic Fails: Bible Edition - Part II
This is a message given 11/24/2019 at Bloomingdale Friends Church, in Bloomingdale, Indiana. EPIC fails: Bible Edition. Part II We will be looking at how God used people in spite of their personalities, backgrounds and failures. Week 2 - Fear, Doubt and Past Shame  - We will be looking at Moses, Thomas, Gideon, Peter (Again!), Paul, Rahab, and Elijah
33:14
November 26, 2019
Rural Thanktank Podcast Episode 19: Epic Fails: Bible Edition - Part I
This is a message given 11/17/2019 at Bloomingdale Friends Church, in Bloomingdale, Indiana.  EPIC fails: Bible Edition. Part I We will be looking at how God used people in spite of their personalities, backgrounds and failures. Week 1 - Lust, Pride and, Lies - We will be looking at King David, Baalam, Samson, Peter, Jacob and Abraham, and how God still used them beyond their failures.
31:29
November 19, 2019
Rural Thinktank Episode 18: Two Economic trends we need to pay attention to in Rural America
This episode talks about two new economic trends in rural america that we need to pay attention to as we serve our communities.  Links to things I mention in this episode: The Rural Think Tank - http://ruralthinktank.com The Rural Housing Crunch https://www.apnews.com/cdc232bebb5f4f8d93ed42de09e809ac https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2019/03/25/rural-america-faces-a-housing-cost-crunch https://shelterforce.org/2019/08/26/the-rental-housing-crisis-is-a-rural-issue-too/ https://www.cbsnews.com/news/housings-hidden-crisis-rural-americans-struggling-to-pay-the-rent/ https://www.csmonitor.com/Business/2019/0705/Rural-America-faces-housing-shortage.-How-one-town-is-addressing-it The Cost of Used Cars is not what it used to be https://jalopnik.com/used-cars-cost-almost-double-what-they-did-nine-years-a-1838982400 Rural Youth Ministry 2nd Edition Book at Amazon - http://bit.do/rym2 Supporting this podcast - https://anchor.fm/ruralthinktank
13:26
October 29, 2019
Rural Thinktank Podcast Episode 17: Managing Technology in Rural Ministry
This episode talks about the need to keep safe the data and identity information that is commonly used within a church. Specifically, steps that can be taken in a Rural/Small Church environment to keep the data from the wrong hands. Small churches can be big targets. Links to things I mention in this episode: The Rural Think Tank - http://ruralthinktank.com Sophos Endpoint Antivirus - http://www.sophos.com Fortinet - https://fortinet.com Sonicwall - https://sonicwall.com Ubiquiti Networks - http://ui.com Rural Youth Ministry 2nd Edition Book at Amazon - http://bit.do/rym2 Supporting this podcast - https://anchor.fm/ruralthinktank
29:12
October 25, 2019
Rural Thinktank Podcast Episode 16: Changing Media Consumption and Rural Ministry
This episode talks about changing media consumption habits and how they affect the ways that we present the message of the Gospel through our ministries.  Links to things I mention in this episode: The Rural Think Tank - http://ruralthinktank.com RightNow Media - http://rightnowmedia.com FaithlifeTV - https://faithlifetv.com/ Rural Youth Ministry 2nd Edition Book at Amazon - http://bit.do/rym2 Supporting this podcast - https://anchor.fm/ruralthinktank
18:51
October 22, 2019
Rural Thinktank Poscast Episode 15: Identity and Data Security in Rural Ministry
This episode talks about the need to keep safe the data and identity information that is commonly used within a church. Specifically, steps that can be taken in a Rural/Small Church environment to keep the data from the wrong hands. Small churches can be big targets.  Links to things I mention in this episode: The Rural Think Tank - http://ruralthinktank.com Sophos Endpoint Antivirus - http://www.sophos.com ID Agent - http://idagent.com Rural Youth Ministry 2nd Edition Book at Amazon - http://bit.do/rym2 Supporting this podcast - https://anchor.fm/ruralthinktank
24:57
October 16, 2019
Rural Think Tank Podcast Episode 14: Streamlining in Rural and Small Church Ministry
Why do you do what you do in your church? It's a hard question to answer sometimes. Other times, the answer is clear - "Because that's the way we've ALWAYS done it". This episode discusses streamlining both worship services and ministry programming.  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
19:13
October 11, 2019
Rural Think Tank Podcast Episode 13: Training Resources for Rural and Small Church Ministry
This podcast episode looks at various training options available in Rural and Small Church Ministry that don't break the ministry budget. These are options that were not available to us even 5-10 years ago. We are going to look at ways that these resources can equip both you and the ministry leaders in your church  for not a lot of money.  Links to things I mention in this episode: The Rural Think Tank - http://ruralthinktank.com Logos (Bible Software, Ebooks, Training Courses) - https://www.logos.com/ RightNow Media - https://www.rightnowmedia.org/ Rural Matters Institute at Wheaton College - https://www.bgcruralmatters.com/ Rural Youth Ministry 2nd Edition Book at Amazon - http://bit.do/rym2 Supporting this podcast - https://anchor.fm/ruralthinktank
15:53
October 5, 2019
Rural Think Tank Podcast Episode 12: Empowering the Senior Adults in Your Congregation
This podcast episode looks at the "graying" of our rural and small congregations (Episodes 3 and 6 are also related here). I discuss changing the perspective of how you do ministry when you have a predominately senior adult congregation. We look at not what seniors can't do, but what they can  do.  Links to things I mention in this episode: The Rural Think Tank - http://ruralthinktank.com Rethinking Your Retirement by John Piper - https://www.desiringgod.org/books/rethinking-retirement The Graying of Rural America - https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/06/the-graying-of-rural-america/485159/ About Workplace Chaplains - https://www.madetoflourish.org/resources/how-workplace-chaplains-are-changing-the-face-of-corporations/ Rural Youth Ministry 2nd Edition Book at Amazon - http://bit.do/rym2 Supporting this podcast - https://anchor.fm/ruralthinktank
19:25
October 2, 2019
Rural Think Tank Podcast Episode 11: Unleash the Creatives!
What are you doing in your church and community to empower those gifted with creative talents to use those gifts for the kingdom? We will look at the hows and why of utilizing "creatives" in your community for eternal good.  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
18:40
October 1, 2019
Rural Think Tank Podcast : Episode 10 - Reaching out into your community for impact
This episode is all about reaching out into your community to make an impact. This includes ways to intentionally as a church to target both children and adults to hear the message and hope of Christ because the church is outside the building.  Links to things I mention in this episode: See You at the Pole - http://syatp.org 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
19:19
September 25, 2019
Kingdom and Community - 9/15/2019 - Bloomingdale Christian Church
This message was given 9/15/2019 at Bloomingdale Christian Church  Links to things I mention in this message (or the ads): Intro Illustration - Laundry Love - https://www.rightnowmedia.org/content/illustration/97898 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
37:26
September 21, 2019
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