Good News in God's Country: Faith, Hope and the Mission of the Rural Church -Northern ME District
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

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57 Military St
Houlton, ME 04730

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Kelly Santiago



Houlton UMC

28 Military St, Houlton 

April 30th, 2019

Many in our society paint rural places in idealistic agrarian hues or see only decline and loss.  But the rural reality is more complex than that. Join pastor and author Brad Roth as we explore how the rural church can understand its context and live God’s kingdom mission with hope and vibrancy.  Roth will lead us in a series of interactive discussions looking at how we can faithfully and creatively reach out to understand, befriend, evangelize, and pray over our rural communities.

Our Schedule for the day

9:30-9:45 Worship, prayer
9:45-10:45 Understanding Rural--and Why It Matters
10:50-12:15 Befriending Rural People, Communities, and Land / Morning Wrap up and Questions
12:15-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:15 Sharing the Good News of Jesus: Rural Evangelism
2:25-3:30 Praying Over Our Lives, Ministries, and Communities / afternoon Wrap up and Questions.

Please contact the district office to register for this event.  You can call 862-8089 or send an e-mail to  

Cost is $10 to cover the cost of lunch. 

About Brad Roth: 

Brad Roth serves as pastor at West Zion Mennonite Church in rural Moundridge, Kansas. He grew up baling hay, tending sheep, and shearing Christmas trees on a farm in Illinois. He is a graduate of Augustana College, Harvard Divinity School, and Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. Brad has a heart for serving God and God's people in rural communities. He's passionate about sharing his faith in word and deed, and living out God's love in the community. He and his wife, Lici, enjoy bicycling, tending a garden, keeping chickens, and playing with their three sons.  Brad blogs on seeing God in the everyday at His book, God’s Country: Faith, Hope, and the Future of the Rural Church was published by Herald Press and won an Award of Merit in Christianity Today’s 2018 Book Awards.