This course helps students discern the best partnerships for their ministries to engage the gifts of their communities. Rural communities are built on connection and relationships, to place, people, heritage, and culture. Students will learn how to tap into these resources in order to build sustainable and creative connections for change.
Students are required to have the following book for this class:
- Small-Town America: Finding Community, Shaping the Future, by Robert Wuthnow
- Transforming Communities: How People Like You are Healing Their Neighborhoods, by Sandhya Rani Jha
This course is eligible for 3.0 CEU.
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About the Instructor
Jonathan LeMaster-Smith lives with his wife, Shannon, in Hildebran, North Carolina (District 12 of the Hunger Games movies). He holds a PhD in Christian Education and Congregational Studies from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary with a focus on Rural Ministry and Methodist Studies. His work includes presentations on Dolly Parton, articles on ditch lilies, and musings about the genius of mayonnaise.