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.