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Currents in Theology and Mission

The latest edition of the on-line journal of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and Wartburg Theological Seminary  includes proceedings from our IRCA conference in 2023 with the theme, “Flourishing: Land, People, Community.” The word flourishing was chosen with intention both Read More

Hosting the Next IRCA Conference

Friends!  Do you think you could host the next IRCA Conference? Being chair of the planning committee for the Brandon Conference of 2007 was one of the great experiences of my life. I urge all IRCA members to think about it. One of the wonderful benefits of meeting in YOUR country is that many peop Read More

Rest in Peace, Janice

With great sadness we have heard that our dear IRCA friend Janice Purdie died last month. The newspaper notice read: PURDIE, Janice Margaret. Passed away peacefully at Hamilton on Saturday 1 July 2023 Aged 81 years Treasured eldest daughter of the late Ian and Peg Purdie. Dearly loved sister of Royc Read More

IRCA Oceania

Thursday 31 August at 1300 NZST Among those at the IRCA 2023 Sequel gathering in May this year there was a keenness to keep ourselves connected. Aware of a changing world, with travel more difficult economically and from environmental considerations, it seemed a no brainer to make good use of the ex Read More

Our History

In 1993, a small group of international rural church leaders gathered in England to celebrate 21 years of the Arthur Rank Centre. This ecumenical centre is the focus for the rural work of all the churches of Great Britain and helps the churches understand their rural context much more clearly. Plans Read More

Mind Your Own (Small) Business – International Edition

Jerry Marshall, former chair of IRCA and chair of TEN – Transformational Enterprise Network – has just released an International Edition of this training kit for setting up a business. Click on the image to access the workbook. The catchphrase for TEN is “create and develop impact Read More

Rural Chaplaincy

A new page has been added to our Resources section. Check it out here Read More

Quadrennial conference updates

A reminder that the registration/payment deadline is March 27.  The transportation gas surcharge of $75 is also due at this time. Your registration will be cancelled if full payment or other arrangements have not been made by that date. All persons will need to show proof of a covid-10 vaccination Read More


The next IRCA quadrennial meeting will be from April 13- 19 in Dubuque, Iowa, United States of America.  Located in America’s heartland on the banks of the Mississippi River, Dubuque has been voted one of America’s best small cities and has won several environmental awards.  The theme Read More

Open Access Laudato Si’ Integral Theology Collection

Check out the new website of the Laudato Si’ Research Institute. To quote the website: In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis emphasised the importance of a united, global response to the current ecological crisis. Yet dialogue and learning on integral ecology is often hindered by limited access to t Read More

World Environment Day

The Christian Conference of Asia’s General Secretary Dr Mathews George Chunakara has issued a statement on behalf of CCA for World Environment Day 5 June 2022. It can be accessed at this link Read More

IRCA2022 Sharing Stories and Prayer Around the World

Video from our Chairperson Rev Dr Mark Jackel-Juleen introduces the 2022 ZOOM event and invites us all to the planned face t0 face conference in Dubuque, Iowa USA in 2023. Read More

IRCA 2022 Round the World

Networking for prayer and conversation with video, worship and presentations 7-8 March 2022  Because we are unable to meet face to face this year for our regular Quadrennial Conference, the IRCA Leadership decided to set up a 24 hour opportunity to connect and pray together as rural churches a Read More


The latest edition of the Australian rural ministry magazine Ruminations is now available. Click here to access from this website. Or go to source where you can also access earlier editions. The theme for this Spring/Summer 2021 edition is “RENEWING”. In his introduction editor Mark Faul Read More

Gleanings of a Prairie Pastor

Joyce Sasse has penned this collection of rural community memories and writings which is available to download as an e-book. It contains the fruits of her many years as a rural minister with the United Church of Canada, with themes that will relate to many, in terms of the rural context or of being Read More

IRCA-Europe Conference 2021

Postponed from from 2020 due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, IRCA-Europe will gather at the end of May and work together on the theme of “Sourdough for the Land”. Rural Church representatives are invited to Sibiu/Hermannstadt in Romania from 31 May to 3 June 2021. In the words of the organiser Read More

IRCA-Oceania Questionnaire 2020

Unable to gather in Queensland, Australia this year because of the pandemic, the Leadership Group of IRCA-Oceania has put together a questionnaire seeking stories and ideas from the people who might have gathered and indeed from all who are the heart and soul of rural churches in the Oceania region. Read More

New Year Message from the Chair

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Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, We have entered a new year and a new decade.  In many ways and in many places, it is a time of fear and travail.  Wildfires rage in Australia and intentional fires ravage the Amazon Rainforest.  Glaciers melt and sea levels are rising globally as t Read More

Pray for those affected by bush fires in Australia

A video has been produced and prayers written by IRCA members in the Oceania region. They have been posted on the IRCA Facebook page but copied and pasted here for those not on Facebook. Many thanks to Martin Harrison. Prayers for the Bush firesShow Movie reflection Give a few moments of silence aft Read More

2018 Conference Feedback

Thank you, all those who attended the conference in Lincoln New Zealand and who filled in the feedback form. A brief summary of the points made, together with areas for reflection and ideas for topics for future events can be found here: NZ feedback report. Read More

2018 Conference Materials

Feedback from the 2018 New Zealand conference was very positive: “Amazing experience” “What a gift“. In particular the keynotes and learning community materials were much appreciated: “Fabulous – touched my heart” “Awesome and really helpful”  Read More

Conference Statement 2018

It is our tradition to issue a statement after each quadrennial conference. Here is the statement from the New Zealand conference.  International Rural Churches Association Voice of the Voiceless STATEMENT OF 2018 IRCA 6th QUADRENNIAL CONFERENCE HELD IN LINCOLN, NEW ZEALAND 15-21 April 2018 THEME:� Read More

IRCA Powhiri New Zealand 15 April 2018

The IRCA 6th quadrennial conference has made a great start today. We began with the traditional Maori welcome. As leader of the visitors, Jerry gave a speech following a particular sequence of greetings and explanation, backed up by a ‘Waiata’ sung by all the visitors. This was very posi Read More

Record numbers at NZ conference

We will be welcoming 100 delegates to our 6th Quadrennial conference in Lincoln New Zealand 15-21 April, exceeding our highest expectations. The event is now full! Do pray that the event will be transformational as we learn from and support each other, reflect prayerfully on our ministries, and rece Read More