L 19 Leading Rural Churches for Growth: Challenges and Strategies (2015)


Although rural churches face a range of challenges—ageing congregations, overstretched clergy, high maintenance costs and limited facilities to name a few—they also have opportunities unique to their rural setting.

This study examines the pastoral nature of rural ministry and sets out ways in which churches can meet the culture and needs of their local context, shaping the rural communities of which they are part, and moving them towards the kingdom of God.

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Author: Rt Revd Graham Dow

Graham is Bishop of Carlisle. He was formerly Bishop of Willesden, and has been involved in parish ministry, chaplaincy and theological education. The material in this booklet is the fruit of work and teaching both at the parish and diocesan level.

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