I have a deep respect for the rural churches. I’ve been in many that have retained their vibrancy and usefulness for 100 years or longer. Don’t underestimate the potential of such churches. God may very well pass over the clever church for the faithful one. It would be like God to surprise us by awaking rural churches and pouring out his blessing in them once again as he did in the past. He delights to make the weak strong.
Rural churches, don’t be enamored by trends that come and go. You have enough if you have the Scriptures and the Spirit. Delight in that.
Be a studious church, going deeper in the Bible.
Be a loving church. There isn’t a limit to love.
Be a happy church. You are not inferior, unless you are forsaking God.
Be an active church, focusing on people’s needs.