Understanding your local congregation and community

Equipping for Rural Mission is a programme for any rural church, helping congregations to better understand their church and the needs of their local community in order to review and develop their mission, working with others to effect change. The four sessions are designed to run over a period of 6 weeks or more, resulting in specific priorities for community action. It has the potential to involve the whole congregation but can be initiated by a smaller group.

Equipping for Rural Mission

Download all the documents you need to run the course here:

Participant pack

Facilitator guide

Guide to surveying and researching your community

The course was prepared for the Arthur Rank Centre by a team led by Stella Collishaw from the Diocese of Derby and was revised in July 2015 and May 2017.