This new publication (2015) offers an in-depth exploration of the key aspects, challenges and opportunities of mission in a rural church.
Relevant for ordained and lay leaders alike, the book covers subjects ranging from encouraging evangelism in a multi-church group to making best use of church buildings. This section includes guidance and suggestions on how you can open your church building more effectively. It is intended to be a relevant and practical resource for those in rural areas who are providing and developing effective Christian presence in their communities. Throughout there are a wealth of real-life case studies and suggestions for follow-up
Revd Ruth Gee, President of the 2013 Methodist Conference recommends it as an invaluable resource:
Experienced rural practitioners share stories and resources which will inspire and equip those Christians, lay and ordained, who are working together in the very varied rural communities in Britain.
As Jerry Marshall, CEO of the Arthur Rank Centre says in his introduction
Rural churches are at the forefront of the development of the ministry of lay people, shared ministry and fresh expressions
And I would add finding innovative ways of using their church buildings to make their buildings and themselves relevant to their local communities.
This ecumenical publication draws on the expertise and resources of the Arthur Rank Centre (ARC), which has served the spiritual and practical needs of the rural Christian community for over 40 years. It contributes to ARC’s Germinate programme of training, development and support for rural multi-church groups of all denominations
I should point out that the chapter on church buildings has been written by one of CVTA’s Trustees, Becky Payne.
Published by the Bible Reading Fellowship you can buy it here