In rural America, churches have traditionally occupied a prominent position
in community life. Historically, the rural church met not only people's religious
needs but also fulfilled their social, recreational~ welfare, and educational
needs. All these needs rural people shared with persons in urban
society. But despite this shared concern, the institutional development of
rural areas produced a social organization different from urban society.
Today, in the midst of rapid and far-reaching changes, the character of
religious institutions remains a differentiating factor between rural and
urban society. Therefore, fitting the church into the new rural society requires
objective analysis of the relation between town and country churches
and their social environments.
Social Change and Religious Organizations of Meeker County.
Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station.
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