Rural Faith Communities

Hello, faith leaders!

In North Carolina, 80 counties are classified as rural. In these communities, faith groups remain the strongest, most impactful, and most trusted local institutions. At IEI, we believe that communities of faith are essential partners to finding new and innovative solutions to the unique challenges facing our rural communities.

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COVID-19 Response

The rural faith team at IEI has heard from many rural NC faith leaders about how your partnerships and ministries are changing every day during the COVID-19 crisis.

FAITH LEADER RESOURCES GOOGLE DOC: Updated frequently by IEI’s rural faith team. Send any resources to

We’re hosting two weekly open space call is for small groups of faith leader around two big topics:

TUESDAYS 10-11 AM: “HOW are you doing”
Every Tuesday, our open space call will be to see how we’re feeling. We want to check in on what boundaries, health (physical and mental), and life looks like for you and help each other.
THURSDAYS 10-11 AM: “WHAT are you doing”
Every Thursday, our open space call is about troubleshooting and sharing what’s working. What adaptations are you taking for community ministries? What questions do you have? What’s working and what isn’t working?
Faith leaders have been sharing how they’re doing around topics like these so far:
– Finances (congregation and personal)
– Virtual meeting best practices
– Adapting food ministries
– Mental health
– Grief
– Work boundaries

Topic: Open Space Faith Leader Weekly Convos

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Time: Mar 31, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time 

        Every week on Tue, Thu, until Apr 30, 2020, 10 occurrence(s)
        Mar 31, 2020 10:00 AM
        Apr 2, 2020 10:00 AM
        Apr 7, 2020 10:00 AM
        Apr 9, 2020 10:00 AM
        Apr 14, 2020 10:00 AM
        Apr 16, 2020 10:00 AM
        Apr 21, 2020 10:00 AM
        Apr 23, 2020 10:00 AM
        Apr 28, 2020 10:00 AM
        Apr 30, 2020 10:00 AM

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