leading through Change


By Barney Wells, Ronald Klassen and Oak Hills President Martin Giese.

Rural areas are experiencing changes. Changes brought by an encroaching city. Changes brought by communication technologies such as the internet and satellite TV. Changes brought by urbanites buying land and making the area their personal retreat. In short, rural areas are experiencing changes that they are not seeking, but must now respond to. This book is about leading through change, whether it be proactive or reactive.


Evangelicals – Fall 2017: The Thriving Rural Church

Evangelicals is a publication of the National Association of Evangelicals, whose mission is to honor God by connecting and representing evangelical Christians.  This issue includes the cover article by Dr. Martin Giese titled “The Thriving Rural Church”.


Shepherding the Scattered Church

This material on church attendance was presented by Rick Weinert, the Facilitator of Church & Ministry Resources at Oak Hills, during our 2019 Bemidji Rekindle Conference.

Leading in a Rural/Urban Collision

This material on the unique contextual challenges of rural and rurban places was presented by Dr. Martin Giese, President of Oak Hills Christian College, during our 2019 Bemidji Rekindle Conference.

Effective Disciple-making in a Post Christian World

This material on rural/small town ministry was presented by Kevin Kompelein, President of the EFCA, at the 2018 Grow Conference in Willmar, MN.

Whiteman’s gospel

“Christianity has wonderful answers to questions Indians aren’t asking!” Craig Stephen Smith, a Chippewa, from northern Minnesota, seeks to answer the questions they are asking or ought to ask. His experience has led him to believe that change is desperately needed in both Native and ecclesiastical communities. Smith writes out of his own experience as a Native American growing up in a white man’s world.


Right Color, Wrong culture

In Right Color, Wrong Culture you enter into a conversation between individuals who are grappling with changing neighborhoods while struggling to remain relevant within communities growing in diversity. You journey with Gary and Peter as they challenge those around them to reach beyond what is comfortable and restructure their leadership team.