The Future of Rural Students…



A friend of mine who is a local HS Spanish teacher recently put together a video application for a local learn-graphicteachers award in the Terra Haute, Indiana called the Golden Apple. He was from one of the smaller districts in the area, but was still one of the five chosen for the award. From what I have been told, it is mainly because of not only what he believed about his students, but how he lived out that belief on a day to day basis. He is pushing the boundaries of traditional education structures, with an administration that is fully behind his innovations and creativity.

Here is the video:

You can read more about Matt’s endeavors at

What can we learn about our students from this video?

What have we adopted in student ministry that is part of the “old educational structure”?

How can we use today’s technology to point a generation to the Gospel, so they, and everyone around them are transformed by its power (Romans 1:16)?

Share your thoughts in the comments below…


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Brent Lacy

Youth Pastor. Web Designer. Homeschool Dad. Former Child Abuse Investigator. IT Technician. Writer. Lock-in Survivor. Rural Ministry Advocate. These all describe the experiences and stories that are part of Brent Lacy’s time in ministry. Brent grew up on 160 acres of corn, soybeans and cattle in Southern Illinois. He is currently a Rural Ministry Specialist with National Network of Youth Ministry (NNYM), based in Rockville, Indiana where he lives with his beautiful wife and three awesome kids in the Covered Bridge Capital of the World! His book "Rural Youth Ministry: Thrive Where You're Planted" is available at and on the Kindle Store.

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