ERIC Number: ED030500
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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The Role of Rural Social Science in Theological Education (With Particular Application to the Town and Country Ministry of the Methodist Church).
Garrett Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL.
The relationship of rural social science to theological education was a primary focus of this study, with particular emphasis given to the thesis that an ability to think in social science terms on the part of a pastor working in a town or country community is positively related to a productive ministry. Members of the Rural Sociological Society were initially sent a questionnaire specifically developed to elicit the judgment of the members of the Society as to the importance of key sociological concepts for the work of the pastor in a rural community. The 10 most important concepts identified in this manner included: (1) norms and values; (2) community; (3) power structure; (4) community decision-making; (5) communication; (6) role; (7) socialization; (8) culture; (9) interaction; and (10) status. On the basis of the concepts listed as of major importance by the rural sociologists, a questionnaire was developed to test the sociological sophistication of rural pastors. Sociological sophistication was in turn compared with 7 measures of pastoral performance. Findings of these comparisons supported the assertion that the relationship is positive between scores on the test of sociological sophistication and high pastoral performance. A final chapter of the study discusses the responsibility the theological seminary bears in training the ministry of the town and country church. (EV)
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Authoring Institution: Garrett Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL.