The 2018 conference was a resounding success with nearly 100 delegates from all over the world. We will be adding materials and links to conference videos here over the coming weeks. See bottom of this page.
AIM OF THE CONFERENCE
- To inspire, encourage and equip rural lay and ordained leaders of churches worldwide in their mission and ministry.
- Provide a forum for the international sharing of rural resources and launch a resource sharing web site.
- Introduce learning communities as a tool for rural church development and provide materials to participating country groups to be adapted and used in-country.
- To broaden the range of countries involved in IRCA and support existing country groups.
- To raise the profile of the rural church.
- To further build international fellowship and grow international and ecumenical partnerships.
|Sunday 15 April||Monday 16 April||Tuesday 17 April||Wednesday 18 April||Thursday 19 April||Friday 20 April|
|0900||Worship – Oceania||Worship – Africa||Worship – Europe||Worship – Asia||Worship – America|
Living and dreaming God’s vision for our world
Dr Rosemary Dewerse
|Learning together 1
Introduction to learning communities
Workshop: Global trends and implications for the rural church
|Learning together 2
Case studies: inspiring and thought provoking rural church case studies from different countries and contexts
|Learning together 3
Workshop: Making it happen – communicating vision, working in partnership, releasing people and resources.
|IRCA review and next steps|
|1045||Coffee / tea break||Coffee / tea break||Coffee / tea break||Coffee / tea break||Coffee / tea break|
Shared ministry: a way of being church at the heart of rural ministry?
Reviewing state of church, trends, challenges, needs, opportunities
What could be?
What will be?
Preparing action plans
|Rural church resources: pooling knowledge of resources from delegates|
|12.00 Outing with packed lunch: Hororata area|
|1330||Airport transfer if reqd
|Outing: Christchurch City||Free time or group preparation||Outing: Choice of Lincoln tours||Free time or group preparation|
|1715||Powhiri then drinks reception||Country group feedback||Country group feedback||Country group feedback and prayer|
|1830||Evening meal||Evening meal||Evening meal||Evening meal||Evening meal||Celebration meal, presentations, commissioning prayer and poroporoaki.
Saturday 21 April: breakfast and depart.
+ delegate icebreaker
|Evening activity: music night||Evening activity: NZ night||Evening activity: Global Village (cultural items from different countries)||Evening activity: reflections on ‘what I’m taking home’|
|2100||Close / free time||Close / free time||Close / free time||Close / free time||Close / free time|
Dr Rosemary Dewerse
Rosemary is a Kiwi wife and mother who, as part of her growing up, lived with her Presbyterian minister family on a farm in a parish with no town centre during days of deep crisis for the rural community in Aotearoa New Zealand. They were profoundly formative years and a youth group leader remains a mentor to this day. These days, having studied and worked in theological education in England, Central Asia and Australia, she is back in NZ training church leaders, designing for continuing education, supervising a range of doctoral projects, and researching in areas of missional church, intercultural engagement, indigenous spirituality, biblical interpretation and contextual theologies.
Rev Jenny Dawson
Currently living in just north of Wellington, and working as a spiritual director, supervisor and consultant (see Facebook ‘Eccles Unlimited Consultancy’), Jenny is an Anglican priest who is also a storyteller, gardener, gym-goer, and lover of the South Island mountains. She grew up amongst sheep in Darfield and is the granddaughter of Scots who came to NZ with the wool industry. Decades of involvement in the ecumenical movement, both internationally (particularly with the Christian Conference of Asia) and in Aotearoa New Zealand, have formed in her a passion for the church in all its diversities and complexities. This is expressed in the delight she takes in exploring models of church that are engaging, contextual and theologically sound, for the twenty-first century.
Jerry is Chair of IRCA and until recently the CEO of Germinate: The Arthur Rank Centre, the UK churches’ rural resource unit. He is an entrepreneur with experience of church planting, ‘fresh expressions of church’ and establishing enterprises with social and poverty-alleviation purposes. After economics at Cambridge and working in engineering and agriculture, he founded several businesses including ‘Transcend’, which employs 100 people in Bethlehem serving Palestinian and Israeli clients. He delivered entrepreneurial training in Africa, Asia and Europe, led a political campaign, and co-leads a church in his local village hall. With the Germinate team he developed the Germinate conferences, Germinate Leadership, rural learning communities and the Germinate Enterprise rural business start-up programme.
We will be adding further materials and videos over the coming weeks.
Keynote 1: Dr Rosemary Dewerse “Living and dreaming God’s vision for our world”
Keynote 2: Rev Jenny Dawson “Shared ministry: a way of being church at the heart of rural ministry?”
Learning community sessions facilitated by Jerry Marshall
- Day 1: What IS?
- Day 2: What COULD BE?
- Day 3: What WILL BE?
Contact Jerry Marshall for these PowerPoint presentations: [email protected]
Delegate Feedback summary: NZ feedback report