Rural Life and Rural Church: Theological and Empirical Perspectives (Hardcover)
The essays brought together here present a broad assessment of the serious issues facing rural life and the rural church today. The authors are drawn from the Anglican, Baptist, Methodist and Pentecostal Churches. The essays explore a wide range of biblical, theological, sociological, and historical concerns and topics. Throughout, the book is informed by a spirit of listening - to church-goers, clergy, church leaders, and local communities. Rural Life and Rural Church provides an invaluable resource for clergy and lay Christians involved in rural ministry, initial and continuing ministerial education, and Christian men and women living in the countryside.
Leslie J. Francis is Professor of Religions and Education within the University of Warwick, and Canon Theologian of Bangor Cathedral. He has served for a number of years as President of the Rural Theology Association, and since 2003 as senior editor of the journal Rural Theology: International, ecumenical and interdisciplinary perspectives. Mandy Robbins is Senior Research Fellow in the Religions and Education Research Institute at the University of Warwick.