What is Rural Ministry?
Churches have a presence in almost every rural community and are a living part of the countryside, often providing the only focal point for people to meet in villages and sparse communities.
Generally, a much higher proportion of people in rural areas are engaged with the church, with attendance much higher. Hereford Diocese’s percentage rural attendance is greater than in its market towns or in the city.
Being a vicar in the countryside also means you’re more likely to have a stronger relationship with people in your congregation and the wider community – everyone often knows everyone especially the local vicar!
However, rural ministry also poses its own unique challenges. There are often very few support services to call upon – and you can find yourself playing the role of counsellor, family mediator, housing adviser, all alongside being the star of the village panto.
The complexities of managing multiple and historic church buildings, several congregations, many of them older and smaller are significant factors.
Nevertheless, with fewer in the pews, the scope for having an impact on individual lives and developing their faith is immense. Those moments of ‘More tea vicar?’ can so easily lead onto something much more.
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