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5.0 out of 5 stars Hope for the Rural Church, 23 Jan 2007
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Richard M. Seel (Norfolk UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mission-shaped and Rural: Growing Churches in the Countryside (Paperback)
Sally was a member of the team which produced the Mission-Shaped Church report and has practical experience of fresh expressions in the countryside. She is aware of the particular issues facing the rural church but she does not exaggerate them. The book recognises the power of inherited expressions in the countryside and argues strongly for the mixed economy--we should nurture inherited church and also start fresh expressions for those who would not be at home with traditional styles.

The book is very practical, full of case studies and stories of rural initiatives. There is enough to encourage anyone in the countryside that change and growth are possible with prayer, faith and hope; plus a fair amount of perseverance. Sally also offers some useful thoughts on how to restructure the church for mission in the countryside.

This is a very useful book. It offers a good introduction to the principles and practice behind mission-shaped church and will be of particular use to anyone who is in rural ministry or who just has a passion to see the church grow in the countryside.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mission shaped and rural growing churches in the countryside, 23 Mar 2010
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Wendy Scott "Rev Wendy Scott" (New Zealand) - See all my reviews
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I started at the introduction and have not been able to put it down. I too run a small rural parishes in New Zealand and the content of the book is very transferable to the New Zealand context. We have experienced great growth in our parishes over the past 2 yrs especially and the book confirms for us what we have been doing. Relationship building, utilizing the skills of the parishioners and hospitality have all added.
A thoroughly readable book and highly recommended if you find yourself in rural ministry
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4.0 out of 5 stars Growing rural churches, 12 July 2009
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J. S. Montgomery "Revd Jenny" (Pontefract, West Yorks United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Definately worth reading if engaged in or contemplating rural ministry. Would be worthwhile as a rural church small group study. Realistic about the challenges and joys. Case studies helpful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading, 4 May 2013
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This book is brilliant, packed full of resources and creative ideas, it is so encouraging to read of exciting things happening in the rural church!
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