I highly recommend this book to anyone who is open to learning about the huge Gospel needs in rural America and who may also be excited to learn about the fulfilling potential of ministry in the “unremembered” places of our country.

Rev. Brian S. Wechsler
Executive Director, Village Missions
The Forgotten Church
Why Rural Ministry Matters for Every Church in America

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About the Book

Is the church becoming polarized too?

We’d like to believe disunity is just a political problem, but division and discord infect our churches as well. The reality is that rural and urban churches typically know plenty of stereotypes about one another but have few actual relationships with one another.

As a result, there’s little interaction between the two groups. Rural churches end up isolated and lack the resources they need, while urban and suburban churches miss out on the wisdom of their rural brothers and sisters.

The Forgotten Church analyzes how we got here, how to move forward, and what we can learn from one another along the way. It will teach you the truth about rural culture and spiritual life, as well as the history, strengths, and challenges of today’s rural church. We cannot afford to live our separate church lives anymore. It’s time to embrace one another and work together as one body. If we cannot find a way to stand together, we will fail alone.

Praise From Readers

Glenn Daman takes us on a journey of understanding on why the rural church matters — how they need us, but also how we need them, perhaps more than ever.

Ed Stetzer

Executive Directory, Billy Graham Center

Many thanks to Glenn Daman for authoring this personal and informative review of the too-often-overlooked rural arena of church ministry. While the history of this field is rich with sentiments of life in a simpler time, its current challenges are complex, and our response is critical. Glenn writes convincingly as a farmer and pastor — his message is as timely as the harvest is ready!

Jim Carlson

Former Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Bible Mission
Former President of Montana Bible College

As one who married a farmer’s daughter and came to love the rural community from which she came, I recognize the wisdom of Glenn Daman’s book. Rural ministry doesn’t get the attention that urban ministry does, but the need is huge and the insights in The Forgotten Church point the way to faithful and effective service along countless two-laned roads.

Marshall Shelley

Director of the Doctor of Ministry at Denver Seminary
Contributing editor of CTpastors.com

About the Author
Glenn Daman

GLENN DAMAN is the author of Leading the Small ChurchDeveloping Leaders for the Small Church, When Shepherds Weep and Shepherding the Small Church (ECPA Gold Medallion Finalist). He grew up on a farm in Northern Idaho and attended Big Sky Bible College, Western Seminary, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Since 1991 Glenn has served as the pastor of River Christian Church in Stevenson, Washington. He has also served small rural churches in Montana and Oregon. He has served as the director of Village Missions’ Center for Leadership Development and has been an adjunct professor for a number of Bible colleges and seminaries in the area of small church studies. Glenn has also taught in Russia, the Philippines, Canada, and Mexico. Glenn enjoys photography, woodworking, camping with his family, and spending time on the family farm.

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