Be inspired, encouraged and equipped by people who understand the challenges and opportunities of rural church mission and ministry at this major national day conference. It is for lay people, clergy and regional church leaders, and is supported by the main churches and organisations that resource rural churches.
Included in the programme are keynote addresses, workshops, case studies, sharing of resources and creative ideas by delegates, the launch of a new learning & training initiative, opportunities for networking, and a marketplace for exhibitors & contributors.
The Early Booking price of £60 (£50+VAT) is available until 14th September - thereafter it is £72 per person. You can book online here.
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Programme details (which can also be downloaded here)
9.30 Registration & coffee
10.00 Welcome & opening worship:
Revd Ruth Gee, President of Methodist Conference 2013/14
10.10 Video address:
Most Revd Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
10.15 Keynote address - Seeding a Flourishing Rural Church:
Rt Revd Mark Rylands, Bishop of Shrewsbury
10.45 Case studies:
- Rural Pioneering (Revd Capt Richard Priestly, Priest in Charge, Ashwick, Oakhill & Binegar; Associate Vicar/Mision Enabler Shepton Mallet Local Ministry Group)
- Enabling Rural Mission (Revd Elizabeth Clarke, National Rural Officer for the Methodist Church and United Reformed Church)
- Mission Across Boundaries (Revd Roy Searle, Director, Northumbria Community Trust)
11.45 Growth Media - Resources for the Rural Church:
Chaired by Jerry Marshall, CEO Arthur Rank Centre
12.00 Case studies:
4. Network Youth Church, Cumbria (Carolyn Dykes, Projects Development Officer, Carlisle Diocese)
12.10 Seed Bed - Sharing ideas from delegates:
Facilitated by Canon Dr Jill Hopkinson, National Rural Officer, Church of England
12.40 Case Studies:
5. Creative Use of Church Buildings (Revd Helen Roberts, Clee Hill Methodist Cluster)
12.50 Launch of Germinate Groups
Jerry Marshall, CEO Arthur Rank Centre
13.00 Lunch & networking
14.00 Workshops 1:
1. Approaches to Rural Evangelism (Capt Gordon Banks, CA, Diocesan Evangelist, Chichester)
2. Discipleship & Lay Motivation (Revd Dr Neil Hudson, Imagine Director,
London Institute for Contemporary Christianity)
3. Running a Successful Messy Church (Cerys Hughes, Messy Church Advisor, Lichfield Diocese)
4. Growing in Shared Leadership (Revd Canon Amiel Osmaston, Ministry Development Officer,
Diocese of Carlisle)
5. Ideas for Welcoming Children & Families (Rona Orme, Children's Missioner,
6. Sources of Funds & Income (Wendy Coombey, Community Partnership & Funding Officer,
14.45 Workshops 2: Repeated as above - subject to demand
15.45 Key Points from Workshops
Rt Revd James Bell, Bishop of Knaresborough
15.55 Closing prayer
Workshop details (which can also be downloaded here)
Approaches to Rural Evangelism:
Captain Gordon Banks C.A., Diocesan Evangelist Chichester Diocese
We will explore our own faith story and journey to faith. The Jesus story and our contextual Church story and how these link in with God's big story. Plus faith sharing as a heartbeat taking cognisance of seasons and cycles both liturgical and in the wider community.
Discipleship & Lay Mobilisation:
Revd Dr Neil Hudson, Imagine director, London Institute for Contemporary Christianity
People grow as disciples when they understand how God might be able to use them as agents of good news in the places where they already spend much of their time. We will explore how churches can make the first practical steps in helping people understand that their everyday lives matter to God and his mission in the world.
Running a Successful Messy Church:
Cerys Hughes, Diocesan Messy Church Adviser, Diocese of Lichfield
Messy Church is growing rapidly across the world, but what makes a successful Messy Church? This workshop will explore the core values of Messy Church and discover why they are important as well as challenging some of the common misconceptions. Packed with practical examples, ideas and top tips, this workshop will help those thinking of starting a Messy Church as well as those looking to grow and develop their existing Messy Church.
Growing in Shared Leadership:
Revd Canon Amiel Osmaston, Ministry Development Officer, Diocese of Carlisle
Rural ministers are being given responsibility for an increasing number of churches, changing the role of lay and clergy. How can we lead in ways that are truly collaborative, beyond delegation? How can we grow disciples, help them discern their gifts and calling; liberate them with clear responsibilities; support and encourage them as we share leadership together?
Ideas for Welcoming Children & Families:
Rona Orme, Children's Missioner, Diocese of Peterborough
How do we encourage families on the fringe of church to attend more regularly than Christmas and Harvest? This workshop will explore practical ideas for building relationships with families so we can share the good news of Jesus.
Sources of Funds & Income:
Wendy Coombey, Community Partnership and Funding Officer Diocese of Hereford
Where are the sources of funding available to Church projects? And is it just about getting the money in or can we make it about something more than that? In this workshop we will look at the community development approach to fundraising and project development, exploring a variety of approaches and case studies.