Rural Youth Ministry in a Harvest Economy

By Carl Gladstone

In Michigan’s northwest lower peninsula a number of United Methodist churches and organizations create fruitful ministries with young people in the midst of such a harvest economy. This is an area influenced by traditions of fruit farming and migrant labor, and which has experienced recent downturns in small town economic health. So, let’s look at the unique ways communities like these continue to succeed in helping young people explore their Christian identity and practice.