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In-house training 

Faith and the Future of the Countryside 23rd-27th September 2019, with Bishop Alan Smith, Bishop of St Albans, President of the Rural Coalition and Vice President of the Local Government Association.

This conference will explore the rapidly changing face of the countryside in England and the role that the Church can play in shaping it. Drawing on the experience and insights of the delegates, it will provide an opportunity to think together about a wide range of rural subjects, including the environment, agriculture and leisure. In addition there will be input designed to offer spiritual refreshment for the participants.


Germinate Leadership: October 2019

Helping lay and ordained leaders from all denominations to develop creative, entrepreneurial skills for rural church leadership.

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 end the programme as creative, entrepreneurial, collaborative and strategic leaders, better equipped to engage effectively with local communities and encourage churches to be an effective Christian presence.

The 18-month programme includes four residentials, a 360° leadership appraisal, mentoring and work-shadowing. A variety of learning styles are used and teaching incorporates wisdom and experience drawn from secular and church leadership spheres. The programme draws on lay and ordained ministry experience from across the denominations.

For more information, visit the website, email or phone 024 7485 3066.

Apply for the 2019 programme via website here.


Rural Funding Digest  

Open Welcome a toolkit designed to help rural churches consider how they might use their building to offer welcome and hospitality to those in their community, both residents and visitors. click here to download open welcome



Equipping for Rural Mission 
•Published by the Arthur Rank Centre (now Germinate) and free to download at It is designed to support small rural churches understand their community.

•To obtain support or advice to use this resource in Derby Diocese contact in the mission and ministry team. Your feedback is welcome.

Country Way magazine: includes examples of rural good practice in a magazine style.