Benefice Action Plan

Rural Churches for Everyone (RCfE) will work with 35 rural churches across four benefices, each with six PCCs. The project will support the PCCs to work together in their clusters to research, assess and decide how to manage their church building assets and responsibilities. Together they can best meet their mission and ministry needs in the future. Three of the four clusters will work closely with their protected landscape partner (Northumberland National Park, Northumberland Coast AONB, and North Pennines AONB), and the fourth will be independent. 

The Benefice Action Plan Process

The PCCs in each benefice cluster will take part in workshops on the following themes:

  1. Our church assets - the people, heritage and the buildings
  2. Our community assets - a thriving community and economy
  3. Our research - what we have learnt
  4. Our social action agenda - what we want to do
  5. Reaching Net Zero Carbon - minimising and offsetting our carbon footprint
  6. Financing - balancing our budget to meet our ambitions
  7. Our proposals - consultation with our stakeholders

The outcomes will then be used to create a Strategic plan for each benefice cluster, and a small pilot project will be funded to kickstart the actions in the plan. These will be evaluated and the Rural Churches for Everyone project will conclude with a Peer conference to share our experiences and learning with benefices across the Diocese and beyond.

Planned Timetable (subject to change)

June - July 2021                        Site visits to all the churches in the four benefice clusters

September - December             Cluster workshops. 7 per cluster, on the themes above. 

January - February 2022            Community consultation on proposals

Feb -July                                   Pilot projects in each benefice cluster

September                              Peer conference for the wider diocese and beyond

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