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Reflecting on rural mission in Cornwall

Heavenly Feet forward in rural mission

Elizabeth Clark, the National Rural Officer for Methodist and United Reformed Churches, had a good trip to Ponsanooth, near Truro, Cornwall, last weekend. On Saturday 11 Feb she took part in Heavenly Feet, a day conference for those involved in rural mission organised by the Discipleship and Ministries Learning Network of the Methodist Church but attended by around 40 lay and ordained participants from across the ecumenical spectrum.

Elizabeth’s key note presentation encouraged rural churches to feel positive about themselves and outlined some of the Germinate: The Arthur Rank Centre’s key resources. There was a choice of workshops and Elizabeth led one on Germinate Enterprise to encourage churches to run the program for the benefit of their communities. Her second workshop introduced people to Equipping for Rural Mission as a way of beginning to think strategically about their mission.

The event was held at Ponsanooth Village Hall which featured in a recent edition of Country Way magazine – you can read more about its recent development into a vital community resource here.

Beat the price rise! Rural Ministry Course April 2017

The price for attending the Rural Ministry Course will rise to £255 per course on Wednesday 1 February: so this is your last chance to attend for the lower price of £245. Details below.

Rural Ministry Course, 25-27 April 2017

25-27 April 2017 at Kings Park, Northampton.

Bookings are now open for the April 2017 Rural Ministry Course. It’s a three-day residential course for lay and ordained people who are new to rural ministry, and explores current rural contexts, mission and ministry in multiple places, leadership and working with children and young people in the countryside. It is ecumenical and suitable for those in their first appointment or wanting a refresher.

*BOOK NOW TO BEAT THE 1 FEBRUARY 2017 PRICE RISE*

For more details and a booking form please email katrinas@germinate.net.

Resources

Germinate Leadership 2018 application form

Germinate Leadership programme dates 2018

Germinate Leadership is for lay and ordained leaders in rural churches who have already displayed some creative and entrepreneurial flair in ministry and are keen to develop themselves and their skills.

In order to get the greatest possible benefit from your participation in Germinate Leadership you will need to ensure that you are available for all the programme elements listed above, as far as is reasonably possible. If you think this may be an issue please contact the Germinate Leadership team for an informal chat.

Germinate Leadership brochure

Germinate Leadership is for lay and ordained leaders in rural churches who have already displayed some creative and entrepreneurial flair in ministry and are keen to develop themselves and their skills. Every part of the Germinate Leadership programme is rooted in the opportunities and challenges of ministry in rural contexts and fosters a collaborative, ecumenical approach and a culture of continuing personal and professional development. It is expected that all participants, both lay and ordained, will leave as creative, entrepreneurial and strategic leaders, better equipped to engage effectively with local communities and encourage churches to be an effective Christian presence.