+ engageworship

sama and saraengageworship is an expression of the Music and Worship Foundation (MWF), furthering the vision and values of MWF for a new generation. We aim to resource local churches for creative, innovative and world-changing worship; engaging with God, each other and the world around us.

MWF employ Sam and Sara Hargreaves to run this exciting initiative. This vision is achieved through a range of activities including: running training days and conferences, creating resources for churches, leading worship services and conference celebrations.

We are aiming to take people broader and deeper into all that worship can be and are committed to excellence and breadth in music, but also exploring other forms of worship and creativity in church. We are particularly interested in the intersection between worship and other areas of life - worship and mission, worship and the outdoors, worship and creativity... and so on.

Find out more about engageworship and MWF

+ Northern Baptist College

Northern Bible CollegNorthern Baptist College is an up-to-date, two hundred years-old learning community. With deep roots in the Northern half of England we seek to equip women and men for leadership in the mission of God wherever they might be called - particularly in this part of God’s world.

It is our ministry to prepare others for a range of ministries: nationally accredited ordination in the Baptist Union of Great Britain; local church leadership; pioneer leadership or locally recognized ministry.

We have a rich history of innovation and creativity, having pioneered congregation-based patterns of training, ecumenical theological education and an approach to learning that is committed to academic excellence and rooted in the real world.

Find out more about the Northern Baptist College

+ Urban Expression

UE logo Urban is the new normal in a world where the vast majority live in cities, including inner city areas, outer housing estates and other marginal communities. At Urban Expression we believe that these urban contexts are where Christian mission in Britain has been at its most creative over the past two centuries. But church life in many marginalised neighbourhoods is weak.

  • Because the social and spiritual needs are enormous.
  • Because the urban context is changing and many churches struggle to adapt.
  • Because Christians have steadily moved to the suburbs and continue to do so.
  • Because we sometimes use inappropriate models of mission.
So under-churched urban contexts continue to challenge Christians to engage in pioneering and creative mission.

Find out more about Urban Expression.

+ Meet the team

CEO, Revd Simon Mattholie has served in a number of rural churches throughout his ministry, and regularly teaches on rural mission.

Revd David Hughes has a background in leading rural churches across the UK, and oversees the pastoral care within Rural Ministries.

Nick Jones works for Rural Ministries as our administrator, and supervises the care of our properties.

Gavin Walter works for Rural Ministries as our publications coordinator.

Chairman Stephen Spurgeon leads our Board of Trustees who are instrumental in guiding and advising the work of Rural Ministries on both practical and spiritual issues.

+ Where we work

Rural Ministries works across the UK with a number of Partners in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all of which are linked with the rural context.

+ Our Story

It all started in the early 1960's with a vision to provide housing and evangelise Britain's villages. At the time little did anyone know that God would take two seeds, planted at completely different times and bring them together into one plant. Out of the nurturing of those two seeds came Datchet Evangelical Fellowship and the joining together of the two-fold vision of Pastor Herbert Goddard.

Pastor Goddard had a burden for the rural church to remain open. He was saddened as he saw them closing. He was also concerned for the fate of the retired missionaries and their future accommodation. And so the work of Datchet Evangelical Fellowship (now Rural Ministries) commenced. Over the years we have continued to adapt and change the way we work but the overarching desire to see the unchanging Gospel kept alive in the countryside remains the same.

+ How we are run

As a registered charity, Rural Ministries is directed by a Board of Trustees, consisting of individuals from a number of denominations and church backgrounds who have a passion for mission and church growth.

+ Our Basis of Faith

We believe in ...

  1. The one true God who lives eternally in three distinct but equal persons; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
  2. The holiness, love, grace and sovereignty of God in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming and judging the world.
  3. The divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, which in their entirety are the written Word of God fully trustworthy for faith and conduct.
  4. The dignity of all people made male and female in God's image to love, be holy and responsible stewards of creation, yet since our rebellion and fall, subject to sin and death.
  5. The incarnation of God's eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ born of the Virgin Mary, truly divine and truly human, yet without sin.
  6. The atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross: dying in our place, paying the price of sin and defeating evil, so reconciling us with God.
  7. The bodily resurrection of Christ, the first fruits of our resurrection; his ascension to the Father, and his reign as the only saviour and mediator of the world.
  8. The justification of sinners solely by the grace of God through faith alone in Christ.
  9. The ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who leads us to repentance, unites us with Christ through new birth, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness.
  10. The Church, the body of Christ both local and universal, the priesthood of all believers given life by the Spirit and endowed with the Spirit's gifts to worship God and make disciples who promote justice and love.
  11. The personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to fulfil the purposes of God, who will raise all people to judgement, bring eternal life to the redeemed and eternal condemnation to the lost, and establish a new heaven and new earth.

Meet the team