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Saturday 11 October 2014, 10am-4pm, Coventry

Conference speakers compressedThanks for joining us at ‘Germinate!’ and making it such a great day!

Below you find a selection of presentations, documents and information sheets from the conference.

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For the Conference Programme click here

'Seeding a flourishing Rural Church'  Keynote Address by the Bishop of Shrewsbury, Rt Rev Mark Rylands

Transcript of message from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Rev and Rt Hon Justin Welby


Case Studies

Case Study 1: Rural Pioneering by Rev Capt Richard Priestley, Priest in Charge, Ashwick, Oakhill and Binegar and Associate Vicar/Mission Enabler for Shepton Mallet Local Ministry Group

Case Study 2: Enabling Rural Mission by Rev Elizabeth Clark, National Rural Officer for the Methodist Church and United Reformed Church (see also the transcript that accompanies this presentation)

Case Study 3: Mission across boundaries in Glendale by Roy Searle, Director of Northumbria Community Trust

Case Study 4: Network Youth Church, Cumbria by Carolyn Dykes, Projects Development Officer, Diocese of Carlisle

Case Study 5: Creative use of a church building by Rev Helen Roberts, Minister, Clee Hill Methodist Cluster


Resources for the Rural Church

Delegates at Germinate compressed'Germinate, The Future' Information about The Arthur Rank Centre's Germinate Leadership Programme, Germinate Groups and free online resources and e-news

Key Online Resources for the Rural Church: a summary of the main resources available on The Arthur Rank Centre website

Resources for the Rural Church from our partners: featuring Rural Ministries, HOPE, The Rural Theology Association, Messy Church, Rural Mission Solns and Rural Evangelism Network, and Fresh Expressions



Approaches to Rural Evangelism by Capt Gordon Banks, Diocesan Evangelist, Chichester

Workshop Handouts: Frame Your Faith Story, The Five Bee's  and The Roman Road

Discipleship and Lay Mobilisation by Rev Dr Neil Hudson, Imagine Director, London Institute for Contemporary Christianity

Growing in Shared Leadership by Rev Canon Amiel Osmaston, Ministry Development Officer, Diocese of Carlisle

'What is your heart's desire?' example from Your SHAPE for God's service

General Information sheet for Your Shape for God's Service

Ideas for Welcoming Children and Families by Rona Orme, Children's Missioner, Diocese of Peterborough

Sources of Funds and Income by Wendy Coombey, Community Partnership and Funding Officer, Diocese of Hereford

Potential sources of funding for church repairs and projects 


We hope you can join us for the next conference on Saturday 15th October 2016. Details coming soon!


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