Serving rural pastors is the primary focus of our DRs.

Worth the Cost: Serving Rural Pastors

Greg Petries discusses the DR role in serving rural churches and answers the question, “Is adding two new districts worth the cost?”
Shepherding the Suffering: Looking back at the Freeman High School Shooting

Shepherding the Suffering: Looking Back at the Freeman High School Shooting

The Freeman High School shooting shocked a community–but they discovered that they were Freeman Strong. Find out how Village Missionaries played a part.
What a pastor experiences

What a Pastor Experiences: Confusion, Comfort, Care and Worship!

You may wonder what a pastor experiences while serving. District Representative Mark Canady shares a personal story that tells of times of confusion, comfort, care, & worship.
Good leaders have a good vision

The Necessity of Vision

God has placed leaders within the church to equip and lead. But without vision, the path will be difficult. How can we discover our vision for leadership?
We must give priority to the authority of God's Word.

The Authority of God’s Word

“When the authoritative, absolute, objective Word of God becomes secondary to a person’s personal experiences, then the church is in trouble.” District Representative Richard Hayes discusses the authority of God’s Word.
perspective on leadership responsibilities of the small town pastor

Leadership Responsibilities of the Small Town Pastor

How do shepherding and ranching relate to the small town pastor? Richard Hayes shares his musings on shepherding and pastoring from a rural perspective.

Village Nomad: A District Representative’s Life

District Representative David Hernandez compares his work with being a nomad.
Rural Churches play a part in shaping and molding lives.

Rural Churches: Shaping & Molding Lives

Village Missionary wife Jani Carney shares how God used rural churches in her life, and how, years later, that impact continues.

Called to Be a Shepherd

Dr. Al Mohler has written an excellent blog titled “Has God Called You?  Discerning the Call to Preach.” I commend it to anyone who might be wondering whether God is calling you to be a pastor.  I would place more emphasis on the shepherding aspect of pastoral ministry (see my previous blog post), but overall Dr. […]

CEO, Professional, Preacher, or Shepherd?

In some ways, the transliteration of the word “pastor” from the Latin has been unfortunate. It gives freedom to define the role of “pastor” as something other than a “shepherd” – the meaning of the Greek term translated in English as “pastor.” For some, then, the modern role of the pastor must be “C.E.O.”  He […]

The Priority and Pitfalls of Preaching

Preaching is our most important responsibility as shepherds of the flock of God. Yet, there are many things that can get in the way of our message if we are not careful.

Creating Opposition in the Church Part 2

Sometimes pastors are persecuted for rightly preaching and living the Word of God. Other times, we create opposition for ourselves.
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