Pastoral care in rural communities is different from care in other locales. Despite these differences, rural churches and communities also hold a particular wisdom from which the rest of the church might benefit. Small towns and rural areas have particular challenges, and in seeking to live out the Christian life in the midst of those, local churches have unique and useful insights into what it means to care for one another.
Jeanne Hoeft is associate professor of pastoral care at St. Paul School of Theology, Kansas City, Missouri. L. Shannon Jung is Franklin and Louise Cole Professor of Town and Country Ministries at St. Paul School of Theology, Kansas City, Missouri. Joretta Marshall is professor of pastoral theology and pastoral care and counseling at Brite Divinity School, Ft. Worth, Texas.