Germinate has recently updated their online resource on Rural Church Buildings. The revised web-based resource covers: maintenance , major projects, setting up a friends group, reordering for both liturgical purposes and wider community use and welcoming visitors. Accessible Welcome from Germinate is only in part about the bricks and mortar – the toolkit helps churches … More Buildings round-up
I Thanks to Nick Shepherd’s excellent Friday Mailing I recently came across this November 2018 paper “Reimagining Ministerial Formation” by David Heywood, Deputy Director of Ministry (Ministerial Formation) in the Diocese of Oxford. A quick summary is below as the document is 91 pages. If you have the time, the whole paper is well worth … More Reimagining Ministerial Formation
A guest post from Andy Griffiths, CMD Adviser for the Bradwell Area in the Diocese of Chelmsford. Bob Jackson has written a book that seems likely to prove influential: Leading One Church at a Time (Grove, 2019). Perhaps the Church of England’s leading specialist in Church Growth, Jackson is a believer that multi-parish benefices as presently employed … More One at a time
If you’re thinking about how your churches might better engage with their local communities … then this Church Army research and resources maybe of interest. A list at the foot of this post gives examples of social action that the report lists in an appendix. Their November 2018 “A Bigger Difference” report is on social … More Social Action as a way of engaging with communities
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