Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kansas Pastor Writes about Future of Rural Churches

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kansas Pastor Writes about Future of Rural Churches

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The Associated Press

MOUNDRIDGE -- A Kansas pastor has written a book that focuses on what rural churches can and must do to stay alive.

The Hutchinson News reported that Brad Roth is a pastor at West Zion Mennonite Church in Moundridge. He said his experiences in rural settings and his career in ministry led him to write his first book, "God's Country: Faith, Hope and the Future of the Rural Church."

"I do like being a rural pastor," Roth said. "I love ministry in general, getting to dive into the Scriptures each week and teaching, getting to be with people at such sacred places in their lives -- birth and death, but also all these moments in between that we experience."

Roth said the way for rural churches to thrive is to make sure the community surrounding it thrives too. …

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