Reports on rural mission and growth

The Archbishops’ Council has published two reports on rural mission and growth. This research provides advice, guidance and recommendations for dioceses, parishes, clergy and PCC’s on rural mission and growth.

Released for Mission: growing the rural church (GS Misc 1092) was published and debated at General Synod in February 2015. The report highlights the high-quality work being carried out by rural churches, including fresh expressions of church, seekers courses, children's activities, much-needed facilities for local communities and support for those who are isolated. It shows that mission and growth are more likely to flourish in rural multi-church groups where time and space is enabled for it to take place and where the ministry of lay people is developed and equipped.

Shaping strategies for mission and growth in rural multi-church groups was published in April 2017. 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. It draws together different research findings and suggests ways that this can be applied to support local rural churches. This focuses on encouragement for the deepening of discipleship, making new disciples and serving the needs of the community. It draws directly on and contributes to the objectives of Renewal and Reform.