Resources

Previous Symposium Events

2014 Re-Rooted Resources from the 10th R. Alex Sim Rural Ministry Symposium 2014, Crieff Hills Community, Puslinch, Ontario
2012 Mission Shaped and Rural? Resources from the 9th R. Alex Sim Rural Ministry Symposium 2012, Jackson’s Point Conference Centre of the Salvation Army
2010 Therefore choose Life Resources from the 8th R. Alex Sim Rural Ministry Symposium 2010, October 25 to 27, 2010, Crieff Hills Community, Puslinch, Ontario

LINKS

Here are some links that you may find useful:

Canadian Rural Church Network Canadian Rural Church Network (CRCN) is an organization of persons (lay and clergy) who have a passion for enhancing the quality of life in rural communities.
Centre for Rural Community Leadership and Ministry Centre for Rural Community Leadership and Ministry (CiRCLe M) – an interdenominational, non-profit, charitable organization – equipping rural clergy and lay leaders to help revitalize rural Canadian communities.
International Rural Churches Association IRCA is a network of people with a passion for rural communities based on their passion for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We seek to be an international community of rural Christians. We share our stories of struggle and our stories of hope, joined by our reliance on the land for our livelihood and by determination and hope because we have faith in God. Our vision is to be a voice for Rural community worldwide.
Queen’s School of Religion Queen’s Theological College is one of six colleges in the United Church with primary responsibility for educating persons for ordained ministry, and is fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.
Rural Church Network of the United States and Canada The purpose of the Rural Church Network of the United States and Canada is to be a forum for sharing among denominational leaders and other town and rural strategic partners working for wholeness and health of rural churches and communities.
ruralchurch.US Ruralchurch.us is a place to exchange resources and pose questions related to rural church issues. It is led by Gary Farley, a participant in the rural church conversation for over twenty years.
Because Rural Matters Ceri Rees  website –  produced as part of my work as a student at Queen’s School of Religion in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. I am studying for a Master of Divinity degree with a Concentration in Rural Ministry.
Small Church.com Jim Thomas’ website – The current trend in literature and seminars is toward the church growth movement. I do not oppose the church growth movement, since the literature and seminars tremendously challenge areas with a large population. However, the needs in rural ministries are much different. Growth is usually slow and consistent and is based on relationships rather than programs. Having been raised and involved in large ministries, I have found the challenges of rural ministry very different. I have also noticed the lack of information and resources available to small ministries. It is my desire for this internet ministry to fill that void.  In 2004, Holly Springs Bible Fellowship started underwriting the cost of this website.
Rural Ministry  Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand Rural Ministry – Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand – Since 1996 the Rural Network News has been linking people connected with ministry in rural New Zealand to one another and to similar groups in Australia and around the world, particularly through the International Rural Church Association (IRCA).
Center For Theology and Land CTL’s mission is to strengthen rural churches and their communities: By providing deliberate and systematic training of ministers for smaller and rural churches; by providing continuing education courses and workshops for clergy and laity in rural settings;  and by helping to empower rural churches for mission in their communities.
Project Reconnect Project Reconnect is about empowering small congregations to realise their full potential as a community of faith, based on the principles of participation, communication, and self-determination.(Australia)
The Arthur Rank Centre A collaborative unit supported by the National Churches, the Royal Agricultural Society of England and the Rank Foundation serving the rural community and its churches. (United Kingdom)

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