Growing the Rural Church

The Diocese of Exeter’s vision for growth includes the Growing the Rural Church project, which was launched in February 2017.

Mission Statement

Growing the Rural Church works with rural mission communities to develop their resources, and in particular their church buildings, to enable them to grow in prayer, make new disciples and serve the people of Devon with joy.

We do this by supporting rural mission communities to partner with their local communities and external agencies to find sustainable missional, community, commercial or cultural uses for their church buildings, which benefit the whole community.

When we do this, we ensure that the public spaces offered by our rural church buildings, both for worship and extended missional, community, commercial or cultural use, are sustainably managed, and we seek to draw more people into the life of our rural mission communities.

Annual Report 2018

We are delighted to publish our second annual report, Our Year 2018. We have so enjoyed reflecting on our journey in 2018 and hope you will too. The report gives an insight into our three areas of work:

  • Increasing capacity for mission
  • Developing sustainable uses of church buildings in partnership with local communities
  • Sharing our learning with others so all can benefit from the project’s resources

We tell some of our project stories and touch on the highlights and challenges. Two years in to the project and we have learnt a lot, which we share throughout the report. You can also see how we have spent our funds and what we anticipate we will be doing in 2019. Download the report here: Our Year 2018.

Introductory video

Watch our introductory video to meet the Growing the Rural Church Team and learn more about the project and how to get involved:


Keep in touch with what we’re doing by following us on Twitter GtRCDevon and finding us on Facebook.

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Growing in prayer, Making new disciples, Serving the people of Devon with joy
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