Transforming Church In Rural America

Shannon O’Dell has written a great new book (title of this blog).  I read it in one sitting.  Stan and I are actually attending a one day event on Transforming Church In Rural America led by Shannon, Tony Morgan and Casey Graham this week.   I’m pumped to be a part of this and learn from these guys.

For a long time I’ve said, I don’t know of anyone else who’s experiencing what we’re seeing happen at Grace Fellowship; ie – a great move of God in a rural setting.  However, that’s exactly what’s happening with Brand New Church (Shannon’s church).   The parallels between our churches, situations and vision are pretty amazing.  It will be cool to meet, share and grow in our time together.

It’s been my desire for more than a year to write a book on doing church differently in rural America; Shannon’s already done so and his book is a blessing.  It will be worth your time to read it.  You can also check out other info about Brand New Church at

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have five grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Legacy Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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