Rural Ministry

Rural church people

  • have deep roots going back generations
  • are new generations rediscovering rural New Zealand
  • know that work, land, the seasons, weather, world markets, animals and crops, are all part of God's world
  • have a long view of the ups and downs of life and are familiar with disappointment
  • know that city models of church life often do not work for them
  • are part of a highly rewarding ministry with many opportunities for leadership.

We are people who understand a church to be viable if it has a mission in its community and a group of people ready and active for that mission.

Since the 1980’s rural people in New Zealand and Australia have been linking ecumenically to support, encourage, and resource one another. Since 1998 this network has been international, through the International Rural Churches Association (IRCA). Find us on Facebook

International conferences take place every four years, in April 2018 at Lincoln, Canterbury, New Zealand and in April 2022 in Dubuque, Iowa, USA. IRCA-Oceania (formerly Trans-Tasman Conferences) are all quadrennial, with a conference planned for August 2021 in Longreach, outback Queensland.

Participation in Rural Conferences in Australia and New Zealand, and around the world has strengthened understanding and commitment to the special role of the rural church in the rural community.  


Subscribe to International Rural Churches Association newsletter, which is published a few times each year or read the latest IRCA newsletters.

Also, an archive of New Zealand Rural Ministry newsletters can be found at Rural Network News.

For further information

Robyn McPhail
Mob: 021 0247 6280

To follow the work of Rural Ministry, see the Facebook page: