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Re-imagining Rural Church
Rural Expression is a Rural mission initiative that recruits, equips, deploys and networks self-financing teams pioneering creative and relevant expressions of the Christian church among under-churched groups and communities in rural areas.

Rural Expression - Who Are We

Rural Expression is a Rural mission initiative that recruits, equips, deploys and networks self-financing teams pioneering creative and relevant expressions of the Christian church among under-churched groups and communities in rural areas.

A higher proportion of people in the countryside attend church than in any other environment in Britain. Churches are frequently highly visible and at the heart of village life.

However, church life in many rural areas is weak and growing weaker.

  • Because there has been a great break down in the stability of rural village life contributed to by greater mobility, the reduction in agricultural employment, the increase in tourism and population shift which affects all village-based institutions.
  • Because consumerist attitudes lead more Christians to choose to travel for the church experience they want, leaving Christian witness weaker in their own local rural community.
  • Because many rural churches are tied to buildings/ structures which are not always well-shaped for mission.
  • Because many rural churches are locally rather than network based and do not have within small congregations the resources to do effective mission among all the people groups present in their locality.

So under-churched groups and communities in rural areas continue to challenge Christians to engage in pioneering and creative mission. Rural Expression is one response to this challenge.

Volunteers & Vacancies

We are currently looking for people to work with us to form larger teams in Feniton and Pennymoor as well as looking to deploy new teams.
We are particularly looking for people who have experience and/or a heart for Youth Work and Families work as well as anyone else with a passion for incarnational mission.

Latest Developments

Rural Expression has been gaining ground slowly in the last 2 years.
** In the last year we have had accepted Ruth Green to become team member/leader, joining Danny & Helen as part of Rural Expression.
** She is working in Mid Devon in Pennymoor and also assisting at Way Village.
** Ruth, Danny and the steering group are also in talks regarding extending the work to Witheridge also in mid Devon. We will keep you posted as these conversations progress.

Associates

If you would like to join the site, to contribute to some of the discussions i.e. forums blogs etc the contact us about becoming an associate