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I come from a rural church and grew up in a town of about 1500 people, so I have a soft spot for pastors in communities like that. A couple years ago I learned of the Rural Home Missions Association, an organization that places pastors in rural and small town churches around the country.

At the end of April I was privileged to lead some seminars at their annual conference in Morton, IL (near Peoria). About 400 pastors and wives attended from many states and three Canadian provinces. I had about 40 attend each of the three seminars I did. In one seminar I spoke about some of the themes in my book, Pastoral Graces: Reflection on the Care of Souls (Moody Publishers). The second seminar, which I did twice, was titled, “In It for the Long Haul.” I talked about the challenge of ministry longevity and offered biblical encouragement.

I’m very appreciative to VCL for the opportunity to take on this ministry.

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