ERIC Number: ED111584
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Aug-21
Reference Count: N/A
The Functional Community and Rural Parish Organization.
Settle, Lester M.
A United Church of Canada research project attempted to determine whether the "functional community" concept was a viable basis for restructuring congregations for rural ministry in Colchester County, Nova Scotia. Research documented the functional community concept via socioeconomic variables such as social and political history, economic structures and labor patterns, community contacts, etc. Findings revealed that the villages were functioning as one community, but the churches were competitive and in many respects "dysfunctional." Based on the research, suggested alternative forms of parish organization included: (1) the Group Ministry Model (two or more denominations working together in a loose structure under guidance of a lay council); (2) the Cluster Model (the entire functional community under one overall planning committee via a steering committee made up of each professional leader and congregational representatives); (3) the Area Ministry Model (similar to Cluster Model with a specified geographical functional area, ministers and laymen working together as a team, a discovery process for area needs and remediation, and continuing education for clergy and laity); (4) the Pastoral Zone Model (a central staff, a pastoral zone planning council and council, congregational units, and neighborhood groups). (JC)
Descriptors: Church Programs, Churches, Community Coordination, Models, Organizational Change, Rural Areas, Sociology
Christian Rural Research and Resource Service, R.R.1, Debert, Nova Scotia ($0.75)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Christian Rural Research and Resource Service, Debert (Nova Scotia).
Identifiers - Location: Canada