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A major role for the Arthur Rank Centre (ARC) is the provision & distribution of important resources for the use of the rural church – whether for use by lay people, ministers or training providers. Many of the resources here are actually produced or commissioned by the ARC, but others are not; and a significant part of what we do is to point rural church practitioners to where they can find what is best or most appropriate for their own situations.

Amongst others you will find here resources useful for worship in rural contexts (i.e. Worship Resources, with all items searchable by category here), resources related to the whole range of rural mission and ministry (e.g. Signposts), and resources related to providing help for others (i.e. Where to Turn for Help). You will also find case studies and examples of good resources, approaches or training in practice (i.e. A Library of Rural Good Practice) – which also focus on how the important elements of these examples can be adopted in other situations. This includes some well-known materials considered in detail from a rural perspective (e.g. Messy Church and Fresh Expressions).

You can go to any of the major resources we provide by selecting from the menu to the left of this page.

We have also developed some major new resource modules that focus on important needs identified by rural churches in many locations, and representing various denominations. These include:

* Journey to Faith. Resources and training tools to encourage lay people in rural churches to get involved in local mission and evangelism. This is available here.
* Resources for Rural Places of Worship. A central hub of resources related to the use and adaptation of rural church buildings for a variety of community-related purposes. This is available here.
* Developing Rural & Small Church Worship. Training tools to equip lay people – especially in small churches – to lead, design and adapt worship for the local context. This is available here.
* Equipping for Mission. A simple toolkit for rural churches - especially those in groups - to conduct a mission audit of their communities and churches. This is available here.
* Nurture & Discipleship in Rural Churches. Guidance, resources & case studies related to spiritual nurture & discipleship in rural contexts. This is available here.
* Local Training for Lay People. Case studies and materials related to training & equipping rural lay people for ministry & mission, achieved at a local level. This is available here.

If you want to know more about our work resourcing local rural churches and church practitioners, contact us by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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