Over many years we have developed knowledge and experience which helps you run your church.

We've created documents that cover all the following topics in detail. Becoming a Rural Ministries Partner will give you full access to all of our resources.

Copyright and licensing

Copyright is one of those subjects, like health and safety, that many people wish would go away – but it won’t and it shouldn’t. Rather than being a ‘nuisance’ it can work to your advantage.  This resource sheet provides an introduction to the issue and gives details on the licences that your church may need.

Who runs the Church?

At some point in establishing a new church, or reviewing the leadership structure in an existing one, some challenging questions are inevitable.

Creating a welcome pack

There’s no better way to make first time visitors feel welcomed to your church than giving them a prepared welcome pack as they walk through your church doors. In this resource sheet, we share some ideas of how to create a welcome pack, or make yours even better.

Model Constitutions

Rural Ministries have worked with leading charity legal experts to develop model charity constitutions for both Unincorporated Charities and Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs).

Please contact office@ruralministries.org.uk for more information.

Church signboards and planning permission

Before you replace your church noticeboard or put up a banner for the holiday club make sure you are not going to fall foul of the planning regulations.

Ministerial Leadership Information


Whether you are a member of a congregation or a perspective pastor. Use these series of questions to identify perceptive needs and expectations of a congregation.

Recruiting or working without a Pastor

This series of Briefing Sheets covers all areas of managing without a Pastor and the process of recruiting one.

  1. Life without a pastor

  2. Pastoral Search Questionnaire

  3. Process for appointing a pastor

  4. Assessing a potential pastor

  5. What a potential pastor should know

6.Terms of appointment
7. Who cares about the pastor
8. What if things go wrong
9. Good Endings

Church and Community Surveys

Questions to help a church understand its community and those who attend the church.

Financial Practises

Guidelines on how to establish financial review practices for your church.

Managing the Change Process

How to engage with all in the process of change.

What future for our church?

Questions that can be used for both information gathering and assisting discussion.


Working with CCPAS Rural Ministries has a model safeguarding policy and supporting documents which we recommend to all our Partner organisations. 

1. Safeguarding Policy
2. Supporting definitions and information
3. Self declaration for potential employees


An effective leadership is essential to the effective running of a church. Following these 5 steps will help create not so much an effective leader but a leadership team.

Making the most of your village fete stand

A lot of churches attend their village fête or other local events where they have a stand. How do you make the most of these occasions? How do you get people on your stall and how can you make sure that you are able to follow them up?

De-mystifying website design

If you think a creating a website for your church is too difficult then this resource sheet will show you that changes in the market that means that creating and maintaining a website is not as difficult as you may think.

Making payments to trustees

Charity trustees do a lot. They are generally people with particular skills, a great deal of commitment to the church or organisation, and they give their time generously.
So, when is it appropriate to make payments to them for what they do?

Charity reporting, accounting and annual returns

All charities have legal accounting obligations and most are required to prepare annual reports. However, these requirements vary so there is the possibility of some confusion

First Aid in churches

Churches, like all other organisations, need to comply with legislation however there is not a 'one size fits all' solution when it comes to first-aid. This is due to the range of church sizes and activities they put on.

Food hygiene and hospitality

Many churches pride themselves on their hospitality and we like to gather for food whether it is refreshments after a service, bring and share lunches, or providing meals for groups such as the over 60’s. So when do food hygiene requirements apply?