In 2017 we are running a series of Regional Conferences around the UK. We hope you will join us at one of these events.
Please see below for details and how to book.

Rural Ministries Regional Conferences 2017
"Church...more than a preaching station?"

The church today is ministering in a time of rapid social, economic and cultural change, and undoubtedly the pastoral task for many of us has become far more complex. Nevertheless, pastoral care might just be one of the most compelling ways of proclaiming the Gospel and of being the church in ‘missionary mode’ serving our local communities now.

This interactive training day is suitable for people involved in pastoral care, ordained clergy and pastors, as well as regular members of the congregation. We will take a practical look through four workshops at how churches can structure pastoral care to respond appropriately to local needs within a rural context.

The workshops will be led by:
Rev Simon Mattholie CEO, Rural Ministries, and
Rev David Hughes, Pastoral Support, Rural Ministries

Workshop 1: Why care?

Should pastoral care be on our agenda? What does the Bible have to say on the subject? How do we define ‘need’? In this workshop we will address these and related questions as well as identifying some of the skills and tools which need to be developed within our congregations.

Workshop 2: Building a community of carers

Is pastoral care the responsibility of the few or the many? How can a local church identify, train and release new people into caring roles across the generations? How might we prevent burnout for the front-liner caregivers within the church?

Workshop 3: Pastoral care as an outreach model

Using scripture, we will explore together a Biblical model of pastoral care which brings about personal, as well as community, transformation.

Workshop 4: Pastoral care across the generations

Rural communities are growing and ageing faster than their urban counterparts, and this is putting them at the forefront of tackling the challenges and opportunities of an ageing society. This session will look at how we can effective prepare and minister to those who are elderly.

Dates and locations for 2017 Regional Conferences

Registration is at 9:30am and the day will finish at 4:00pm

EAST: 4th February (Event passed)
Hemingford Parish Centre, Nr Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

SOUTH-WEST: 4th March (Event passed)
Creech St Michael Baptist Church, Nr Taunton, Somerset

SCOTLAND: 16th September (Event passed)
Duns Parish Church Hall, Duns, Berwickshire

WEST: 14th October*
Albert Road Evangelical Church, Oswestry, Shropshire


*Limited childcare places are available at this event. The host church is organising professionally-led children's activities.
Child place bookings must be made direct through the church on 01691 658596 and cost £12.50 per child.

Regional conference rates and bookings

The cost for attending one of our 2017 Day conferences is just £15 which includes refreshments and a light lunch.

All bookings must be made through Eventbrite booking system - just click on the appropriate button below.

Please contact us if you have any queries.