The Reality facing rural & remote communities
For many years rural and remote communities have seen the withdrawal of ordained ministers of all denominations as township populations shrink and congregations no longer are able to financially support ministers and their work.
Throughout Australia, churches have closed their doors and many buildings are being used for other activities (restaurants, cafes, craft shops etc).
In many rural communities, small groups of Christians meet (often monthly or fortnightly) in their denominational groupings (Anglican, Baptist, Church of Christ, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Uniting etc.), each struggling to remain a worshipping community.
In some towns, these small worshipping communities meet for a combined interdenominational service, perhaps once a month.