Faith Formation in Rural Communities will explore the hope and potential present in rural faith formation as it seeks to equip participants with the necessary tools to navigate the distinctive realities of rural culture. A blend of cultural, educational, and theological exploration allows for participants to craft formation practices that makes sense in their current rural experience.

Course Format

This course includes 6 hours of synchronous instruction (via Zoom) over the course of four 1.5 hour sessions. There is also asynchronous work, including weekly readings and a final project.

October 12 – November 2

Synchronous Instruction Times:

Thursdays 7-8:30pm CT

October 12, 19, 26 & November 2

Cohort Groups

Participants working towards certification will join with others in a monthly cohort, led by an experienced facilitator. These 1 hour gatherings will provide guided reflection on current ministry as well as time for prayer and support.

Dr. Jonathan LeMaster-Smith

Jonathan LeMaster-Smith lives with his wife, Shannon, a United Methodist deacon, in Hildebran, North Carolina (District 12 of The Hunger Games movies). He is a lay pastor for two rural United Methodist Churches and teachers regularly for several institutions. His work includes presentations on Dolly Parton, articles on ditch lilies, and musings about the genius of mayonnaise.

Registration and Scholarships

Faith Formation in Rural Communities: $100

Scholarships are available. Please apply by September 25.

Registration deadline: October 5

Questions? Contact us.

Learn more about certification here.