Building Conversations Conference

Growing the Rural Church invites you to a day conference exploring how rural churches can use their buildings creatively to support their ministry and better serve their communities.

The conference is for clergy, lay leaders and diocesan staff, and will be a great opportunity for those working in rural contexts across the country to get together and share ideas and experience.  Through speakers and workshops there will be opportunities to:

  • Explore and discuss the missional opportunities for rural church buildings;
  • Consider the opportunities for rural church buildings to be public spaces, serving the needs of their communities;
  • Hear about the experiences of dioceses and partners focused on community engagement and mission in rural areas;
  • Exchange learning network with potential partners.

 Already confirmed as keynote speakers are:

Right Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, Bishop of Ripon

Bishop Helen-Ann joined the Diocese of Leeds as Bishop of Ripon in February 2018. She was previously Bishop of Waikato in New Zealand, and prior to this was as the Director of Biblical Studies and a lecturer in the New Testament at Ripon College Cuddesdon. Before joining Ripon College she worked as one of a team ministering to 12 rural parishes in Oxfordshire.

Revd Claire Maxim, incoming CEO of Germnate: Arthur Rank Centre

Claire Maxim, currently Rector of the villages of Ludgershall and Faberstown in the Diocese of Salisbury will be joining Germinate in Spring 2018. Claire was originally an engineer, has an MBA from Henley Business School, a Diploma in Applied Theology from The Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education in Birmingham, and is studying for a Professional Doctorate at the Centre for Rural Ministry Studies at the University of Warwick.

Our workshops will feature opportunities to explore range of sustainable approaches to mission and ministry in rural churches, including speakers from Stir to Action on enterprise approaches and Mosaic Creative on engaging with communities.

Wednesday 31st October 2018 at The Welcome Centre, Coventry, CV1 2HG.

Bookings will open on Thursday 7th June 2018.

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