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?

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

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

Seedtime

Just back from an excellent few days reflecting on what it means to lead churches in a rural context.  The Germinate Leadership course from Germinate: the Arthur Rank Centre is an 18-month programme that “combines leadership theory, theological reflection on the nature of leadership in ministry, the development of co-consultancy groups and practical leadership issues … More Seedtime

Oversight ministry – insights from a conference and some research

The following summary is based on this ” Oversight Ministry:  What we have learnt ” website article from March 2017 and a response to it by David Heywood Director of Pastoral Studies at Ripon College Cuddesdon.  For the original article Dr Jonathan Rowe, Director of Ministry, was asked what had been learnt from a national conference on … More Oversight ministry – insights from a conference and some research

Entrepreneurs in rural church leadership – 10 tips & headlines from a lecture

This video of Michael Volland’s 2016 Germinate lecture on entrepreneurs in rural church leadership is well worth a look.  Here’s a summary of his top 10 tips and then a quick tour through the video if you don’t have time to watch all 50 minutes. Top 10 Tips for Rural Church Entrepreneurs 1. Think of … More Entrepreneurs in rural church leadership – 10 tips & headlines from a lecture