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Four essential qualities for serving, leading and sharing life in rural ministry

“Over the last seven and a half years I have come to call the Western Region ‘home’ and am deeply grateful for friendship shared with lay leaders, clergy, and congregations across a broad geography. I think there are at least four standout qualities demonstrated by many people I work with in rural and remote Australia,” says Bishop Cam Venables

"St Paul’s is the only building in Umbiram, on an acre of land surrounded by just-harvested fields of barley in the Toowoomba Region. To get to St Paul’s, Umbiram from Brisbane, you roll over the last foothills of the Great Divide into the fertile faming land of the inner southern Darling Downs" (The Rev'd Rick Gummow outside St Paul's, Umbiram in November 2021
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“A solitary beautiful church surrounded by fields of barley”

“To get to St Paul’s, Umbiram from Brisbane, you roll over the last foothills of the Great Divide into the fertile faming land of the inner southern Darling Downs…The sole building in Umbiram, it is the only place for people in the area to gather,” says The Rev’d Rick Gummow

Reflections & Features

Accepting the challenge

“God called Ross from a well-paid role in agriculture to a poorly-paid role in the Church…and he accepted the challenge. In comparison, ordained ministers are paid well these days, but there is still something deeply vocational about our role. It demands much of us and will take us to places that are physically, psychologically and emotionally challenging,” says Bishop Cam Venables

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Mustering and ministering in the Maranoa-Warrego and beyond

“Outback ministry is more than services, Bible studies and prayers…As well as assisting graziers with feral pest control, I also help food producers with mustering…I mow the lawns of elderly home owners; help school children with their reading; engage in maintenance, repair and painting of parish buildings; and, aid very elderly parishioners by cleaning churches,” says intrepid Western Region missioner, The Rev’d Geoff Reeder

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If you build it, they will come

“ ‘If you build it, they will come,’ as the oft quoted movie line goes, and lo, almost to the day of the new Mitchell art gallery’s opening, caravans started lumbering back into town like migrating herds. What a sight it was – you could almost hear the town exhale with relief,” says The Rev’d Rick Gummow