W 196 All Mud and Matins? Understanding Rural Worship
A struggling choir, empty pews, a cold building and vicar racing from one Communion service to another? This is the stereotype of rural worship; but beyond this is a real vibrancy of spiritual life where church attendance is much higher than in urban areas and the church continues to be a key part of local life.
This careful study explores a wide range of issues and asks gently probing questions about how rural worship can grow in its vitality and engagement with the local communities.
Author: Paul Lack
Paul Lack studied Agriculture and Forestry before retraining for ordination in the Church of England. After an unusually rural curacy, he spent 11 happy years as Rector of six parishes in Worcestershire. He now lives in Herefordshire with his wife, the author and historian Katherine Lack.