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 You can read more about the 2016 Germinate Conference here!

The Arthur Rank Centre provides a wide range of resources for rural churches including Country Way magazine, Germinate Groups learning communities, Germinate Enterprise and the Germinate Leadership programme. Keep up to date with news and new developments via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Saturday 15 October 2016, Coventry 10am - 4pm

 The 2016 Germinate! conference “Making it happen” will focus on the challenge of deepening discipleship in order to inspire, encourage and equip flourishing rural mission.



KEY NOTE SPEAKERS: Revd Dr Roger Walton, President of the Methodist Conference 2016/7, on discipleship; and Pete Atkins, Team Co-ordinator for Fresh Expressions


  • Major National Day Conference on Rural Mission
  • For lay, clergy and regional church leaders
  • Supported by the main churches, networks and organisations that resource rural churches
  • Central venue with easy road, rail and air access
  • Real case studies and practical workshops
  • Details of resources for rural churches and an opportunity to share resources you have found helpful
  • 2014 prices held
  • Price £60. Book as a group of four or more for £48 each! From 15 September £72 per person.
  • Low cost hotel accommodation available near conference venue if required.

Case studies include: rural fresh expressions; using discipleship resources; prayer spaces in schools; working ecumenically; dementia friendly churches.

You can see the timetable for the day here. This is subject to very minor change up to the day of the Conference.


Workshop choices -  Choose any two from the following seven options:

1.   Developing prayer   A representative from Prayer Spaces in Schools

2.   Developing the Ministry of Lay People   Caroline Pascoe, Lay Development Officer, Diocese of Hereford

3.   Making disciples in Messy Church   Jane Butcher , BRF

4.   Developing discipleship in older people   Pete Atkins, Fresh Expressions

5.   Missional listening   Simon Mattholie, CEO Rural Ministries

6.   Germinate Groups introduction and training   Jerry Marshall, CEO Arthur Rank Centre

7.   Germinate Enterprise introduction and training   Jerry Marshall, CEO Arthur Rank Centre


Workshop options 6 and 7 are information and training sessions for those interested in learning more about Germinate Groups, 

or Germinate Enterprise, Rural Business Start-up Programme www.germinate.net/go/enterprise



You can make and pay for your booking on-line from here.

PLEASE NOTE! You can only make and pay for one delegate place at a time. If you need to make multiple bookings please call the office on 024 76853060. 

 The Welcome Centre, 47 Parkside, Coventry, CV1 2HG  is walking distance from Coventry railway station, with fast rail access from Birmingham Airport, and close to main motorways. There is free on-site parking.

Information about local hotel accomodation can be found here

 Conference enquiries can be made to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by telephone on 024 7685 3060


 Comments on the 2014 conference:

 "An excellent day - lots of practical ideas to take back."

 "Most focused and inspiring rural conference I have ever attended!"

 "Well worth the cost and a great help to our lay leaders."

 "Energising, creative, inspiring… exciting to be part of this."

 "Very enjoyable and uplifting - I feel very encouraged."

 "I'm left with a feeling of excitement and renewal."

 "Absolutely brilliant day!"


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