Most of the advertising of churches comes from large churches in the city. Many books are aimed to help urban churches grow. Rural churches, especially ones with small membership rolls, are often ignored. Glenn Daman shares how these churches are still important to God and His work in The Forgotten Church.
I am a member of a small, rural church, and I was curious what this book had to say. Most of what I've seen as far as church resources tend to require larger budgets and more people than most of the churches where I live have. In fact, this is the first book I've seen in a long time that is specifically aimed to bring the rural church back into the minds of people. Glenn Daman does a good job of telling the history of rural churches, and how they helped, and still help, the people who live outside of the city.
There is a school of thought that says rural people need to catch up with their urban counterparts. Daman says that there is nothing wrong with rural areas, and the churches in these areas are needed in order to share the gospel with those around them. In fact, rural areas are as much in need of hearing the gospel as cities are. People who live out in the country will talk about religion, but many don't actually trust Christ as Lord and Savior.
Whether you attend an urban or rural church, this book can help you better understand the culture of rural people. It would be beneficial for anyone that is interested in reaching out to non-urban residents.
I received a free copy of The Forgotten Church from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review.