ERIC Number: ED070539
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1967-Jul
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The Protestant Approach to Town and Country: A Study-Guide for Catholics.
Protestant approaches to church problems in rural areas are presented in this study guide for Catholics. The Protestant "town and country" movement is described in terms of the beginnings of the movement, early leaders, denominational programs, early theory and practice, the movement today, changes in rural America, dissatisfaction, and willingness to face the implications of change. Three major approaches characterize the attempt to meet Protestant goals: attracting and training a more capable ministry, overall planning for larger areas, and promoting local cooperative effort. Listed methods for overall planning include larger parishes, denominational community churches, church union, denominational cooperation, and inter-denominational cooperation. Denominational policies on ecumenical cooperation for some denominations are described. Major conclusions are that the town and country apostolate is an important area of Catholic concern, that from the Protestant point of view the town and country is over-churched while from the Catholic point of view it is under-churched, that the Protestant leaders are searching for solutions which they recognize to be both difficult and complex, and that a continued interest in the problems and progress of the Protestant town and country movement is one aspect of the Catholic search for effective Christian witness. A selected bibliography of recent materials is included. (PS)
Descriptors: Church Programs, Planning, Protestants, Religious Organizations, Rural Areas, Rural Development, Social Change, Study Guides, Urbanization
Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), 1717 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 ($1.00)
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Authoring Institution: Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, Washington, DC.