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National Comprehensive Plan for Town and Country Ministry

With its passage of the Action Plan of the National Comprehensive Plan for Town and Country Ministry in the United States, titled "Born Again in Every Place," the 2004 General Conference of The United Methodist Church accepted the invitation to change the general view of town and country churches from being problems to being assets

Laity and clergy in town and country churches identified their concerns and issues in a survey taken by a task force on town and country ministries: 

The new possibilities include the need to:

The action plan's desired outcomes are:

  1. To develop, support and affirm effective ministries for town and country cultures and contexts.
  2. To develop, strengthen and sustain effective leadership for town and country ministries.

Surrounding all of this is the biblical concept of sharing -- the creation of a teaching/learning/sharing way of life. No matter the number of people who attend worship on Sunday morning or the size of the budget:

Every church has something it can teach;
Every church has something it can learn;
All can benefit by sharing.

Together we dream in faith that we might be "Born Again in Every Place"!

See also:
National Comprehensive Plan for Town and Country Ministry web site.