About the Lay and Ordained Rural Leaders retreat course
Rural church leadership can be challenging and isolating but also fruitful because God is here and is already at work in the countryside.
Sarum College runs a rural pathway to train ordinands and lay ministers. We aim to build on this work by creating a Rural Ministry Learning Community which includes those already ministering in rural parishes.
This first gathering is an opportunity to garner ideas and suggestions for what next.
During this 24-hour retreat we will take time to talk and listen to God, to think, to ask questions, to nurture our imaginations and to hold a space that is about worship, learning and creativity, rather than diocesan strategies, administrative tasks or skills based professional development. We will give time to nurture our relationship with the divine and enable spirit inspired ideas, dreams, creativity, concepts, theology, sleep, laughter and mutual support.
The retreat begins and ends with lunch at Sarum College. We can join the worshipping community of Salisbury Cathedral at evening and morning prayer and communion. Sessions will include sharing scripture together and reflection on the energising and draining aspects of rural ministry.
There will be opportunities to hear what is current in rural theology and practice and to share any personal areas of interest or study we may have.
Alison Webster will help us explore how churches might work well with their communities, discussing a community organising model. We will allow time to generate ideas about a rural learning community. But there will also be space for silence and rest and opportunities for socialising and conversation.
If you are interested in becoming part of a rural learning community and having a voice in shaping the future of this new initiative, then this space might be for you.