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
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
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
I’ve just come across this informative CofE Research Booklet on what millennials think about weddings (cover above) which is available on the CofE print hub. There is also a 12/4/18 CofE press release on the subject. The research was done over two days last November with over 1000 unmarried people between the ages of 18 … More Millennials, Marriage and Church Weddings
“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?
Fresh from another round of Prayer Spaces in Schools for Easter across the three CofE schools I work in, I was interested to read about a project run in Bangor Cathedral focussed on how Christians understand and celebrate Christmas in the latest issue of Rural Theology. Learning in rural cathedrals: a case study of religious education outside … More Learning, prayer and play
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
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