Rural Ministry Unit

The Rural Ministry Unit (RMU) has existed within the NSW Synod for the last 25 years.  It has been a place of support for those in rural ministry – lay and ordained.  It has undertaken advocacy to the church and government on behalf of both rural congregations and communities.  It publishes Ruminations as a means of support, encouragement and promoting new ideas.  In partnership with UME, it holds a biennial conference which focuses on rural ministry but not only from a church perspective.  Its members represent a range of regional and rural Presbyteries, who meet quarterly. In recent years it has advocated and then agitated for rural chaplains and has taken on tasks of oversight and support of the chaplains.



To find out about our quarterly newsletter ‘Ruminations’, click here.


Mental Health Matters:

For more information about the resource ‘Mental Health Matters: A Toolkit for Congregations’, please click on the link provided below:

More information about UnitingCare NSW.ACT’s Mental Health Matters project can be found be found on the project’s dedicated webpage:



If you would like to donate to the work of  the Rural Ministry Unit, you can do so via bank transfer or cheque:

By bank transfer:

Account Name: UCA–NSW Rural Ministry Unit
BSB: 634-634
Account Number: 100038308
Payment Reference: “RMU-Your Name” and then
e-mail: to confirm your payment.


By cheque:

Please post your cheque to:
Rural Ministry Unit
Attn: UME Accounts, Veena Hariharan
16 Masons Drive



Rev Karyn Burchell-Thomas – (RMU Convenor)

Rev Mark Faulkner – (UME Rural Ministry Consultant)

Photo by Phil Matthews