Over the last several months I have been carrying out case study research with eight rural churches across the Newcastle Diocese, and one parish in Ashington as an urban comparator.  The aim is to find out what makes them flourish, and how members of the congregation can help lead ministry as the number of paid clergy posts will decrease in the future.

Because of covid restrictions it hasn't been possible to visit the churches and meet people in person, and all the discussions have had to take place by phone or Zoom. So I'm planning a road trip to visit the churches very soon! The photo is of Blanchland Abbey.