Welcome to the Retford Area Team Ministry (RATM) website!

The Retford Area Team Ministry is one large benefice in North Nottinghamshire (in the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham) containing approximately 33,000 people living in 25 parishes (with 28 active church buildings).

At the moment the Team Ministry has 2 stipendiary clergy, two stipendiary lay ministers (one of whom is a Schools Missioner working across the primary and secondary schools in the whole Deanery), and 1 reader; several retired clergy and Readers with Permission to Officiate help by taking services in other ways..

The Retford Area Team Ministry has particularly strong links with the Retford Methodist Circuit, and all of the clergy have dual authorisation.

It is the conviction of the Retford Area Team Ministry leadership (both clergy and lay) that only by working together can the needs and opportunities of both rural and town parishes be properly met.

Many members of the Benefice (both lay and ordained) seek also to play a full part in the life of the Deanery of Bassetlaw & Bawtry and the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham