Launched in 2014, The Center for Rural Church Advancement (CRCA) is a partnership of NC and the Unstuck Group to serve rural churches across the Heartland.
we do three things
Help Rural Churches Advance
through teaching networks, regional gatherings & peer coaching
Resource Rural Church Leaders
with best practices and proven leadership principles
Fill the Future Leadership Pipeline
through awarding scholarships to graduates who are proving to be effective
Our vision is to see two hundred churches and multi-sites engaged by the CRCA in the next five years. We expect five hundred leaders to be impacted through the strategy of regional gatherings, coaching networks, and peer to peer learning of best practices.
Regional Gatherings. The CRCA hosts regional gatherings periodically across the heartland and upper midwest, bringing together church leaders for a day of encouragement, teaching, and inspiration.
Coaching Sessions. From the regional gatherings, coaching networks are formed with Chad Hunt of the Unstuck Group for twelve months of follow-up coaching. This type of engagement is where the real fruit is born in the leadership and direction of rural churches.
What Leaders are Saying
Coming up with ideas isn't the problem; identifying the best ideas and implementing them is the problem. This is why I have enjoyed these coaching networks.
- Troy Reynolds Senior Pastor of Journey, Wayne, NE
CRCA, and Chad Hunt have helped me to lead better. Our attendance is up 25% over a year ago, and baptisms are up 100%. A 133 year-old church in a shrinking community can advance the Gospel.
- John Erickson, Senior Pastor of Sutherland Church of Christ, Sutherland, IA
CRCA Scholarship Fund
What is true in churches in all communities is also true in rural America: we must call the best we can find, equip them in a different way, and deploy them for ministry effectiveness.
In this spirit, the CRCA seeks to pay off student loans to those who enter a rural church ministry in a town of 10,000 or less. These scholarships are given as finances allow, and must be applied for through Nebraska Christian College. Look for more information soon.