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Re-shaping Rural Ministry

A Theological and Practical Handbook

Re-shaping Rural Ministry

A Theological and Practical Handbook

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Publisher: Canterbury Press Norwich
ISBN: 9781853119538
Published: 30/11/2009
This practical and theological guide to rural ministry comes from the Arthur Rank Centre, the national resource and training centre for rural churches of all denominations. It runs courses and conferences in rural ministry and this practical book has emerged from its many areas of expertise and experience. Focused especially on the needs of those - lay and ordained - who already help to run local churches in rural areas, those preparing for ministry in such a context, and for those who provide pre- and post-ordination training, this welcome volume explores: pastoral skills for rural ministry, leadership models for rural contexts, multi-church ministry, developing lay ministry and leadership, the distinctive values of rural churches, vocational pathways for rural ministry, whether mission be explicit or implicit, and appropriate continuing ministerial education for rural contexts. Illustrated with real life examples and supported by theological reflection throughout, this will be essential reading for engaged in rural ministry.

Martyn Percy

Martyn Percy is Dean of Christ Church, Oxford. Prior to this he spent ten years as Principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon and the Oxford Ministry Course. He is also Professor of Theological Education at King's College London, and Professorial Research Fellow at Heythrop College London. Martyn has written a number of books on theology and the Church including, Clergy: The origin of the species and Engaging Contemporary Culture: Christianity, theology and the concrete church. He has contributed to The Future of the Parish System and is a regular contributor to Reflections for Daily Prayer.

Peter Price, Ann Richards, Jill Hopkinson

Dr Jill Hopkinson is National Rural Officer for the Church of England. Trevor Willmott has recently been appointed as Bishop of Dover. James Bell is the Bishop of Knaresborough. Martyn Percy is Principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon.