The Appalachian portion of Pennsylvania (“…with the exception of the Philadelphia area, the entire Keystone state is designated as Appalachia” .) is located within the northern subregion of Appalachia. As Appalachia is not a homogenous region, it is important to keep in mind that Whitworth is writing from the situational perspective of northern Appalachia. There may be strategical differences that one in southern Appalachia would seek to implement as opposed to northern Appalachia, for example, but there also may be many points of agreement. The reader is free to decide what is worthy of adopting and what is worthy of ignoring or rejecting within this piece. The point of this post is not to offer a clear cut, “this is how church planting needs to be done in rural Appalachia” field guide. The point of this post is to simply expose the reader to what could potentially be helpful information regarding church planting endeavors in rural Appalachia.
An Outline of Whitworth’s “Church Planting in Rural Appalachia”