It is probably true that in most rural churches the very idea of engaging in mission creates a negative reaction. But this is usually because the words "mission" or "evangelism" conjour up images that would seem out of place in a village context, and sometimes alien to the beliefs and practices of the people inour churches.
Prior to starting Rural Mission Solutions (previously known as "Rural Sunrose"), the founders had many years experience within a rural mission organisations that conducted high profile short outreach programmes at the request of village churches across the UK. But, even though these were deemed to be very successful, this approach was reaching far less than 1% of the rural population. The dream was to use the accumulated wisdome from that experience and from settled ministry in villages, to encourage country churches to develop effective and appropriate mission strategies that would be self-sustainable.
We called this approach "tailoring mission". The process is founded upon significant biblical principles. The aim is to work sensitively with as many of your regular Sunday congregation as possible to develop strategies that feel right for you, and are right for who you are and where you are. In other words - a bespoke approach rathe that taking something off the peg that will not be as comfortable.
By listening well and working with as many people from the congregation as possible we have found that personal faith has been clarified and strengthened and a sense of purpose envigorates individual Christians and the church as a whole.
In this section of the website you will find more information. But why not start a no-obligation conversation with a mission consultant, for which there is no charge.
This free CD contains a narrated PowerPoint Slide Show and is ideal as an introduction to the concept of developing tailored mission strategies that fit the local situation and with which the local church members will feel comfortable.
Email a request for your free copy to firstname.lastname@example.org.