Faith & Community Peer Networks

Our Peer Networks from this summer are also podcasts!

Listen to Peer Networks podcasts around issues that matter to faith leaders—the hard and good conversations we are, or should be, having.

Faith & Community Peer Networks

Reclaiming Rural: Building Thriving Rural Congregations with Rev. Allen Stanton – Listen to the podcast

Talking Rural Aging – Listen to the podcast

Talking Rural Food Ministries – Listen to the podcast

Talking Rural Clergy Mental Health – Listen to the podcast

Rural Faith Communities Connecting in Crisis: COVID-19

The Rural Faith Communities team at IEI (Ellen, John, and Kylie) are trying to figure out ways to do something. Somedays that’s collecting stories from pastors, other days it’s listening to statewide leaders trying to figure out what the next week of the COVID-19 pandemic might look like for North Carolina.  Let’s work together. Let’s not recreate the wheel. Let’s share what’s working. Let’s be honest when it’s not working. Contact Kylie Foley at


Highlights from ReConnecting Faith & Community Conference

This past Tuesday rural faith leaders gathered for our third and final day of the ReConnecting Faith & Community Conference. Since May 11, clergy and congregation members from over 60 counties joined each other to tell stories around the concepts of “Recovery, Rekindle, and Resilience”. 

Reflections from Faith Leaders at ReCONNECT for the Future

Almost 100 faith leaders and partners from all across North Carolina joined IEI’s final Forum of the ReCONNECT NC series, joining from the panelist and participant side as concerned and committed community leaders during our eight community capacity sessions.

Want to be connected with faith leaders in rural NC?

Are you a faith leader in North Carolina? We’d love for you to join us next year as we tenderly and bravely walk in grief and hope together. Do you know faith leaders in your area doing incredible things? Faith communities that are struggling? Please connect us!

What Your Faith Community Can Do About Digital Inclusion Today

Connecting your congregation and community is possible for every faith community to try. Here are five digital inclusion (DI) practical steps to take right now.

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