Jesus was a traveler and cities were few and far between. He will be our guide in this six-week course as we delve into the complexities of faith in rural communities. This course is for lay people and clergy who want to explore ministry in their distinctive settings. Participants explore the unique places they live and how the Bible matters inside and outside the church, without being glued to studies and sermons.
In addition to Blackboard interactions, 5 zoom meetings will be offered (4 are required in order to pass the course). Time and day will be determined by the class during the first zoom meeting. The meetings will not be recorded.
Participants are required to have the following book for this class:
- Prophet and Teach: An Introduction to the Historical Jesus by Richard Herzog II
This course is eligible for 3.0 CEU.
About the Instructor
Sandi Perl has extensive experience with rural ministry, in addition to decades of academic training. She has lived in rural upstate New York all her life, and “big” churches in her community routinely have fewer than 250 persons in attendance. As a Licensed Local Minister in the United Methodist Church, she served 15 years in rural ministry before her retirement in 2022. In addition to bachelor’s degrees in social work and in management, Sandy has earned a master’s degree in education, a master’s degree in divinity, and a Doctor of Ministry degree.