With over 48 million people in rural America, there is an emerging movement to plant churches in rural areas. As more people and resources move to urban settings, the rural heartland has gradually become under-resourced, overlooked, and often forgotten. Mainstream church-planting resources are often not helpful. Rural church-planting strategies are markedly different from strategies in any other context.
RMI is a community for pastors and Christian leaders serving in non-urban contexts that was created to provide support, learning, and community for those working in non-urban contexts in North America. It is an institute of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College.