The Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England has recently published a new report on rural mission and growth. It provides recommendations, advice and guidance for dioceses, parishes, clergy and PCC’s on rural mission and growth.
Shaping strategies for mission and growth in rural multi-church groups (April 2017) is a short report that draws together the findings of recent research and suggest ways that this can be applied to support local rural churches and encourage deepening of discipleship, making new disciples and serving the needs of community. It draws directly on and contributes to the objectives of Renewal and Reform. This brief report tells the real story of the rural church which is far from one of decline and failure, but one of potential and hope for the future.