Farm open

Here’s a guest post from Revd Janet Nicholls, Rural Adviser and Agricultural Chaplain, Diocese of Chelmsford. The fields in the rural areas of our diocese are full of life, vibrancy and potential. After a long harsh winter, crops have fizzed into growth with the warmth of late spring. But can you recognise what’s growing? Do you look … More Farm open

Church on tour?

“We don’t travel well…” – this is one of the characteristics that rural church communities often acknowledge about themselves.  It may be acceptable to drive to the nearest large supermarket, but going to a neighbouring village to worship in a different church… that’s a whole other thing… I was musing about how this is so … More Church on tour?

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