Playfully Serious

Messy Church began in 2004 and has been adopted as a model in many contexts. For rural places, it’s the most common form of fresh expression of church. The Church Army Research Unit has recently published a report following a 2 year research project, asking whether Messy Church is helping to grow disciples and how … More Playfully Serious

Social Action as a way of engaging with communities

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

Rural & urban/average statistics – 28 differences – and some discussion points

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

Nine points from the July 2018 Recharging Rural Report

In July 2018 the Prince’s Countryside Fund published it’s “Recharging Rural – Creating sustainable communities to 2030 and beyond” report  – and it’s appendices – by Professor Sarah Skerratt, Director of Policy Engagement, Scotland’s Rural College. The report is based on 3098 responses from across the UK to an online survey undertaken March/April 2018.  It … More Nine points from the July 2018 Recharging Rural Report

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?

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