Options – within the rules – for rural parishes on governance and administration

Introduction Using internet based research I’ve found surprisingly few resources available to explain what can be done within the current rules.  Options available seem to include combining PCCs and roles on them – even if it be via a scheme renewed annually by the relevant PCCs. The Church of England’s Church Representation Rules set out … More Options – within the rules – for rural parishes on governance and administration

Equipping a church for Rural Mission – a four session course over six weeks or so

From Germinate: The Arthur Rank Centre this is a four session course (2 to 4 hours per session) designed to run over 6 weeks – or more.  It uses group exercises, reflection and – between sessions 2 and 3 some homework and research – to help a rural church understand the needs of their local … More Equipping a church for Rural Mission – a four session course over six weeks or so

Servant Leadership – a secular perspective

For a couple of years now the Church of England initiative Renewal and Reform has sparked passionate debate as new elements are launched.  The argument is particularly intense where the programme seeks to apply some secular insights into leadership and management to the church. To over-simplify the positions being taken – Supporters welcome the approach whilst stressing … More Servant Leadership – a secular perspective

The Rural Strand of the Newcastle Diocesan Vision & Strategy

On Saturday 24/3/18 Newcastle Diocese made available via dropbox their 12 page document on this subject.  Previously they had set out their vision for the future of their Diocese “growing church bringing hope”, along with 5 key strands of activity of which “reimagining the rural church” was one – now known as the rural strand. … More The Rural Strand of the Newcastle Diocesan Vision & Strategy

Gateways – a rural fresh expression of church in the scottish borders

Below is a transcript of the video (from this fresh expressions site), and you can find other information at the Gateways facebook group.   TRANSCRIPT Alistair Birkett, leader of Gateways: It’s a very rural part of the world. We often joke within Gateways that there are more sheep than people within our parish. There are … More Gateways – a rural fresh expression of church in the scottish borders

Local Shared Ministry – some ideas from Auckland, New Zealand

The following are extracts taken from this Devon Churches Rural Forum post and the resources it links to. “The Diocese of Auckland has a model of “Local Shared Ministry”.  This idea is apparently around two decades old in its application.  It draws from the work of  of African missionary, Roland Allen, who said “every congregation … More Local Shared Ministry – some ideas from Auckland, New Zealand

Place and mission

  The latest edition of Anvil, the Church Mission Society’s Journal of Theology and Mission, has a leading piece about the significance of place and geography in our theology of mission.  Mike Pears, director of Urban Life and missions tutor at Bristol Baptist College, considers the intersection between place, meaning and power, how far this relationship is … More Place and mission

A Briefing on Seasonal Migrant Workers

Image copyright: Apple picking by Roger Davies. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 / image cropped. Summary Rural churches might consider what pastoral care they should be providing to the 80,000 (at peak) seasonal migrant workers – mostly from eastern Europe – and how that care might help local agricultural businesses attract such labour. UK agriculture, … More A Briefing on Seasonal Migrant Workers

Salisbury Diocese’s Rural Ministry & Mission Programme – a summary

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Below this summary is some background on the programme, some ideas from it that maybe implementable without the substantial funding the Salisbury Programme has, and a bit more detail on each of its 5 strands.  The programme’s substantial funding is from the Diocese and Church Commissioners.  The 5 strands are: Rural placements for … More Salisbury Diocese’s Rural Ministry & Mission Programme – a summary