Daryl Hart seems to agree with Tim Keller at least on the subject of rural ministry. On Wednesday I referenced Keller’s post here.

Hart himself has also written on the subject of rural ministry. On July 23 I referenced a blog post in which he questions the retreat from rural ministry to city congregations.
In this more recent post Hart seeks to complement Keller’s article with a quote from Wendell Berry. (With whom I’m unfamiliar)
It’s a corker:
“In “God and Country,” he [Berry] writes:
The denominational hierarchies, then, evidently, regard country places in exactly the same was as “the economy” does: as sources of economic power to be exploited for the advantage of “better” places. The country people will be used to educate ministers for the benefit of city people (in wealthier churches) who, obviously, are thought more deserving of educated ministers. This, I am well aware, is mainly the fault fo the church organizations; it is not a charge that can be made to stick to any young minister in particular: not all ministers should be country ministers, just as not all people should be country people. And yet it is a fact that in the more than fifty years that I have known my own rural community, many student ministers have been “called” to serve in its churches, but not one has ever been “called” to stay. The message that country people get from their churches, then, is that the same message that they get from “the economy”: that, as country people, they do not matter much and do not deserve much consideration. And this inescapably imposes an economic valuation on spiritual things. According to the modern church, as one of my Christian friends said to me, “the soul of the plowboy ain’t worth as much as the soul of the delivery boy.”
[from What Are People For, p. 97]

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