The International Rural Churches Association is a network of people with a passion for rural communities, based on the Gospel of Jesus Christ..
We share our stories of struggle and our stories of hope, joined by our reliance on the land and sea for our livelihood and by determination and hope because of faith in the triune God.
Our vision is to be a voice for the rural community worldwide and to encourage sustainable rural communities and practices.
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Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand
16-20 May 2016
The next gathering of IRCA-Oceania will be at the ninth Trans-Tasman Rural Ministry Consultation in 2016 in the Wairarapa, New Zealand. The consultation will be held at the Masterton Motor Lodge, High Street South, Masterton.
Cost NZ$475 - shared accommodation at the Masterton Motor Lodge; own accommodation arrangements ND$275.
THEME: "Life, Death and Resurrection: the future of the rural church, for the whole community".
The ecumenical organising group believe that we are called to raise our rural voices for the good of all. Rural churches are often seen as being small and invisible, and even as dying in a time when some denominations are committed to the urban and large, but we know that our journeys have value and theological significance. Jesus spoke of seeds needing to fall into the ground and die before new life could grow. He asks us: "What part of you is willing to die? What are you willing to let go, so that new life can come?"
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