In the same way that God values the populations in cities, God values the populations in rural areas. In the same way that God calls men and women to serve in the cities, God still calls men and women to faithfully serve in rural areas. The two areas could not be more different, but Christ builds his church in cities and rural areas alike.
This book is a compelling and thoughtful presentation of the value of small community ministry and the of the need for healthy local churches in those communities.
The Westminster Assembly truly believed that the health and holiness of the church depended on the regular preaching of the Word.
Fitch’s emphasis on the presence of God as part of our conception of the nature of the church and a philosophy of ministry does have some benefit. But his development of these ideas lacks Scriptural substance.