Annual Focus Gatherings
Education, Networking, Fellowship
Annual Focus gatherings are sponsored by the Rural Chaplains Association to provide both lay and clergy persons a supportive setting for sharing insights and perspectives on the state of rural communities, institutions, environmental/ economic challenges and religious /family life concerns. The gatherings bring together dynamic innovative practitioners from a wide variety of settings to share vital ministries that are transforming communities, institutions and congregations across the USA and beyond. While most Rural Chaplains certified by the association serve in the United States, there are others serving in Russia, Canada and England. Outside of the USA there are other groups that train and utilize rural chaplains (i.e. Australia).
A panel from the 2013 RCA coordinated gathering, “Come Together-Transformation through Cooperation” focused on the many faces of cooperation for the future.
COOPERATIVE MINISTRY STRATEGIES
The Rural Chaplains Association continues to advocate for the development of cooperative strategies for doing ministry and coordinates a quadrennial ecumenical
gathering of practitioners and inquirers. The ninth gathering will be held in 2017.
FOCUS EVENTS :
THE 2015 ANNUAL GATHERING WAS OCT. 28-31, 2015, promising “AN AMAZINGLY RICH ADVENTURE INTO THE SOUTHERNMOST PARISH AND BAYOUS OF LOUISIANA.”
THE 2016 GATHERING IS SET FOR RURAL ONTARIO, CANADA October 24-28, 2016.
THE 2017 GATHERING will focus on Cooperative Ways of Doing Ministry with date and location yet to be determined. (To receive information as it becomes available, check RCA website.)
RCA FOCUS Gatherings offer 1.5 CEU credit
A limited number of scholarships are available to assist certified Rural Chaplains in retaining certification & in “special needs” situations .