Rural and Small Church Ministry PRAX123 DL or RG (3 credits) – offers fresh look into the cultures, habits and worldviews of congregations and communities in open country to towns of 10,000, including especially Appalachia

Equipping the Saints, Rural Church PRAX312 OL (3 credits) — preparation for administration, community-building and outreach with small-membership congregations (<100 average worship attendance) located in open country to towns of 10,000 population. Online.

Appalachian Church in Society PRAX127 IG (3 credits) Get ready for challenges in ministry, through a close look at church, society and ecology in Appalachia. A region rich in cultural histories and stunning landscape, Appalachia has also been traumatized by environmental damage, economic and racial inequality, opioid epidemic and other problems. The intensive includes traditional classroom, immersion trips to Appalachian communities and online learning. Assigned readings and presentations introduce methods for community analysis and the roots of environmental and social problems. Conversations with mission leaders probe resilience of church and Spirit and open space for participants to consider and discern the shape of their own sense of call. Fulfills Church in Society requirement or Praxis option or elective.

Environment & Religion in Northern Appalachia PRAX 429 TS – Intensive located at Lutherlyn in Butler, PA (3 credits) — Explore environmental history, society and religion in Northern Appalachia, cradle of both climate crisis and early environmentalism. Strategize for ministry amid conflicts over environmental and social issues. Hike indigenous, colonial and industrial landscapes, and see recent efforts for remediation and sustainability.

See also courses in ecofaith

TCCI is a member of Appalachian Ministries Educational Resource Center


Students who complete the Rural & Small Church course, an immersion, and electives related to rural or small town ministry, may qualify for a Concentration in Town and Country Church Ministry (CTCCM).

More questions or possibly interested? Talk to Professor Gil Waldkoenig, phone 717-338-3029;