Rural Faith Communities as Anchor Institutions
Moving forward together.
Wrestling with realities.
Building capacity for the long haul.
The RFCAI Program at IEI has existed in partnership with The Duke Endowment since 2015 to fold rural North Carolina faith leaders into local and state-wide leadership on emerging issues. Through data, appreciative inquiry, and leadership development, IEI invites rural faith leaders to our Emerging Issues Forums, a faith-centered annual event (our RFCAI conference), and provides technical assistance on community-congregation partnerships throughout the year. Our network is over 400 clergy, lay leaders, and partners.
Lunch Club is BACK!
Join us weekly on Thursdays at noon for a relaxed and informal open space with no agenda for faith leaders to connect and support each other! Feel free to invite your friends to join us as well!
Connecting in Crisis
Faith & Community Podcast
Listen to Peer Networks podcasts around issues that matter to faith leaders—the hard and good conversations we are, or should be, having.
- Reclaiming Rural: Building Thriving Rural Congregations with Rev. Allen Stanton
- Talking Rural Aging
- Talking Rural Food Ministries
- Talking Rural Clergy Mental Health
Kylie Foley, Rural Faith Communities Program Manager
John Parker, Rural Faith Communities Senior Fellow
Ellen Beasley, Rural Faith Communities Program Assistant