Image by Glen's Pics via FlickrNews of a new website for the Rural Evangelism Network. Here is some information from the website.
The Rural Evangelism Network exists to encourage good practice in evangelising the rural communities of the United Kingdom by mutually sharing understanding and experience between Churches, Mission Agencies, and Resourcing Organisations wherever possible and including conferences, publications, and on the Internet.
The Network was established in 1982 and is unique in that it draws together representatives of the Churches (at national and intermediate levels) and representatives of the evangelistic mission agencies that work with rural churches. It was originally known as the Federation for Rural Evangelism.
The Rural Evangelism Network is a member of the Church Rural Group which is a coordinating group of Churches Together in England. We are also represented on the Churches Group for Evangelisation.
The rural communities of the United Kingdom provide one of the most challenging contexts for mission today. Almost one person in six in the UK lives in a rural community of less than 5,000, with most of these living in villages of 1,000 or fewer.
No two villages are exactly alike, and many of our villages have changed significantly over recent years. To help Christians and churches in the rural areas discover how to share their faith in ways that are appropriate and sustainable the Network draws together the country's key researchers, writers, teachers and practitioners to share their knowledge through conferences, seminars, publications, and here on the new website.
At the heart of the website there is a Knowledge Exchange of information between practitioners in the field.