At times, the approach needed to mission and ministry needs to be very different in the rural context. The diocese seeks to support and resource rural churches so that they can respond positively to the particular issues which face the rural community.
Germinate: the Arthur Rank Centre
Germinate: the Arthur Rank Centre is an ecumenical Christian charity which resources the work of churches in rural areas through the sharing of good practice, the provision of training and the encouragement of Christian ministry. The ARC leads the Christian churches in their efforts to improve the quality of life of those living and working in rural communities and supports and extends the work of rural churches.
There is a wide range of resources and information available via their website. They also run a bi-annual Germinate conference in Coventry and publish Country Way magazine.
They are key partners with Gloucester Diocese on the June 2017 event: Abundance.
Gloucestershire Farming Friends/Farming Community Network
Gloucestershire Farming friends, in partnership with the Farming Community Network seeks to support those within the farming community who are facing stressful situations and moments of crisis. A telephone helpline is provided by the Farming Community Network and Gloucestershire Farming Friends provide follow up support.
Gloucestershire Local Food and Drink Directory
The diocese has launched and maintains this website which provides information about local producers of food and drink. It seeks to offer support to the local economy and encourage a reduction in food miles within Gloucestershire.
Gloucestershire Rural Community Council: offering professional advice and support for Gloucestershire’s rural communities www.grcc.org.uk
Agriculture and Theology Project: www.agriculture-theology.org.uk
Agricultural Christian Fellowship: www.agriculturalchristianfellowship.org.uk
Action with Communities in Rural England: www.acre.org.uk
The Addington Fund provides homes for farming families living in England and Wales who have to leave the industry and by doing so will lose their home and also offers emergency grants in times of hardship: www.addingtonfund.org.uk
Christian Rural Concern: www.cruc.org.uk
Christian Rural and Environmental Studies: www.cres.org.uk
Rural Theology Association: www.rural-theology.org.uk