Rural Pastors Initiative


Associate Director:
John McCarty

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Welcome to the Rural Pastors Initiative of Belhaven University. Here at the Rural Pastors Initiative we are seeking to connect, equip, and empower rural Mississippi pastors for the revitalization of churches and the flourishing of rural communities. We are looking for pastors who have a passion for rural and small town ministry and are willing to join like minded pastors for a two year Fellowship Program to sharpen skills and encourage one another. The Fellowship is designed to renew the joy of ministry and to inspire one another onto greater faithfulness and perseverance.

The RPI Fellowship is a practical and flexible field training program of mentoring, continuing education, and ministry partnership designed tone tailored to individual needs. We are seeking 40 rural and small town pastors to join us in this mission.

More Information


  • Become a Fellow of the Rural Pastors Institute
  • Earn a Ministry Training Certificate from Belhaven University
  • Take two Online Belhaven Biblical Studies Courses
  • Customize a personal program
  • Program expenses paid for all Fellows


  • Two year program
  • Once a year Summer On Campus Retreat and Seminar
  • A Monthly Meeting
    • Regional Group Meetings (Every other month)
    • One on One Mentor meeting
  • Personal Engagement with other Fellows


  • Be refreshed and renewed in your ministry calling
  • Earn Online Belhaven Credit and Degree Development
  • Develop and enhance your ministry skills
  • Talk One on One with expert consultation