The Diocese of Oxford has published a Flourishing in Ministry resource: the booklet is available to download from their website. In announcing the booklet they say that the section of their website covering this will have further sources of inspiration and support. They also plan to publish some guidance for churchwardens and laity. This … More Flourishing in ministry – the key thing is to talk with someone you trust, don’t bottle it up.
Back on 13th November 2017 we started this Rural Presence blog with it’s tagline “thinking aloud about being a Christian presence in every (rural) community”. Since that initial post we’ve posted 49 times – so almost one post a week – and today we’ve reached our 1st birthday! Hopefully our posts have been helpful to … More Happy Birthday to Rural Presence!
Here are 5 top tips taken from/prompted by an academic study which is summarised below: List the various actors, (individuals or organisations), in your community. Map which have relationships with other actors in the community. Assess which issues the actors are most likely to collaborate on. Short on time? Put a coordinator, (or project leader), … More 5 top tips for churches on building community & addressing issues
On Sunday 23 July 1598 Frances Cammocke arrived at church to find that a lock had been fixed to the door of her pew by another parishioner, Elizabeth Tuke. As Frances attempted to gain entrance, there was a bit of a tussle and Elizabeth or her servant tore Frances’ apron. This was the start of … More Take a pew
(Icon adapted from Freepik.com) I recently came across this page on @diomanchester ‘s website. Its their response to plans for Greater Manchester to become Britain’s first ‘cycling city’. Which got me thinking about how rural churches could be more welcoming to cyclists. It’s two years since we moved from Saffron Walden to take up my … More Welcoming cyclists to rural churches
Around now might be the time you are bending your mind to events and services for January to Easter 2019. Along with some of the red letter days, I’ve collated a number of other ideas. The “usual suspects” are listed below along with – I hope – some other useful ideas and links. If you … More January till Easter 2019 – Ideas for church services & events & social media resources
How to be Good is a series of short interviews on youtube from Ely Cathedral. Each looks at a particular area of work. The first covered medicine, the second literature and the third, below, is on farming. There will be five conversations in total in the series. They’re between the writer, Francis Spufford, and five … More The triple bottom line – People, Profit, Planet
… is the title of a recent report on rural church in the Diocese of Leicester. The result of a six-month consultation, with people from across a Diocese that is perhaps not so often thought of as rural. One of the key insights in this transforming thought process has been for the Diocese as a … More Deep wells and green pastures
Summary & Discussion From the more detailed text that follows later below I’ve drawn out these key points. Rural populations are older and have a larger: a) % of people with physical/mental conditions lasting 12 months or more; b) % of retirees c) % of retirees whose main income is the state pension; d) % … More Rural & urban/average statistics – 28 differences – and some discussion points
I found this 2 minute clip via “the friday mailing – leading learning for a faith-full church” from email@example.com. In the clip Sir Ken Robinson makes a number of points about leadership that fosters creativity. When I first came across the entrepreneurial and creative leadership language being applied to church leadership I was pretty … More Creative Leadership isn’t about having all the ideas