Ministering to people in rural areas is an important part of the mission of this diocese. As well as ministry offered by Clergy, Readers and Churchwardens, we work closely with a range of partners to serve rural and farming communities.
The challenges of rural ministry are address in a new report aimed at releasing the energies of clergy and lay people for mission in the countryside. The study Released for Mission, Growing the Rural Church makes a series of recommendations including locally accessible training and development for lay people and clergy working in multi-church groups.
Useful Resources from the Arthur Rank Centre
The Arthur Rank Centre provide a wealth of resources e.g. Worship Resources, Community Resources, Nurture and Discipleship in Rural Churches etc. Most of the resources can be freely downloaded from the website. Click here for a list of available resources.
Country Way: life and faith in rural Britain. This publication contains ideas and information; inspiration and good news; it reveals who is providing resources and where to find them. It is all written by and for rural people. It is useful, topical and a good read, complemented by beautiful photography. Country Way contains stories from the rural church, farming, the environment and about communities; thoughts and theological reflections; new worship material; and information on resources and events. For more info www.arthurrankcentre.org.uk/publications-and-resources/country-way