States such as Minnesota and South Dakota are offering suicide prevention training to clergy – a crucial, trusted presence in rural America. In the farmland, churches remain essential social gathering points.
“Just go there and find a new way to keep telling the Jesus story.” The “Take It Or Leave It” farm stand that sits on the property of the United Church of Lincoln is one of those “new ways.”
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Rural churches in America face a host of challenges as they seek to continue ministry in their communities. Loss of members through population shift from rural areas to urban centers can drain rural churches.