United Methodist Rural Advocates

Celebrating Oklahoma Town and Rural Ministry

The United Methodist Small Church and Rural Advocates is a state and national voluntary group within the United Methodist Church composed of lay and clergy who share a common concern for the Christian message as it engages issues of town and country small churches.

The Rural Advocates works to build a positive image of the small membership church in our great state. In order to lift up these remarkable churches, we recognize outstanding small membership churches (town and country) at a luncheon during Annual Conference.

Take a minute to think about the churches in your district that are making a difference in the ministry for the Lord and His mission of love and grace. Please forward or mail the award nomination form to them so that their missions and programs may be highlighted. A selection committee will announce the exemplary churches early in May. (Application is below)

Contact Claudean Harrison, UMRF President, for more information regarding the luncheon and membership. clharrison@aol.com. (see membership flyer below)

We believe that God works through people, churches and communities regardless of size or setting. The Rural Advocates work to build a positive image of the small membership church with focus on these tasks:

  • General Conference legislation - an intentional process of preparing and enabling passage of petition/resolutions concerning town and country ministry and small membership churches.
  • Supportive fellowship and training - an educational opportunity for
  • church leadership.
  • Advocacy and monitoring response of the total church to rural issues
  • and needs of the small membership church.
  • Internationalizing the rural and small membership experience by
  • building bridges between these churches.
  • Communication by publishing the Rural Advocates Bulletin and other small church
  • resources.
  • Recognizing outstanding rural and small membership churches during Oklahoma Annual Conference. (click the "About" -- "Annual Conference Information" for events)

Join the only group in the United Methodist Church that has proven effectiveness in advocating for town and rural issues in our global church and by supporting the Rural Advocates you are a part of a world-wide movement.

The membership dues will provide support for rural issues.
Should you be a part of this organization?

The dues are very affordable. See flyer for details

Claudean Harrison

401 W. Creek St.
Lindsay, OK 73052

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