The Rural Church Serving the Community by Edwin Lee EarpThe Rural Church Serving the Community by Edwin Lee Earp

The Rural Church Serving the Community

byEdwin Lee Earp

Paperback | February 9, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1913 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V THE RURAL CHURCH SERVING A COMMUNITY The subject of this chapter refers to the church in the rural community, or it may imply the task of the country church in creating a community where there is none, or the task of giving Christian leadership to a community already socially conscious, but in danger, as in some cases, of becoming pagan unless the church fulfills its function. Why are we focusing our attention to-day upon the rural life of the nation? Because it includes not only over one half (fifty-three per cent) of the population of this country, but it also represents the great resource field of the nation's wealth. It is here also we discover such splendid heroic individuality as has produced the largest percentage of moral, religious, industrial, and political leadership of all the ages; and yet at the same time we discover national waste of resources--natural, human, and spiritual--because here we find the least of community interest and cooperation. Why are we discussing so often in these days the problems of the country church? Because in many sections of our country it presents to us one of the most difficult mission fields of the world to cultivate, for the reason that, like the slums of the great cities, it is a lost home field. As one goes back to his home county in the rural sections of the Eastern, Southern, and some of the Middle Western States, what does he discover? The splendid old circuit system broken up and the fires of religious fervor gone out upon many an abandoned church and family altar, while the message of the minister in the neglected pulpit of the dilapidated church building is about as effective in creating a community spirit as the noise of a lone woodpecker on a dead tree in a swamp. Why is this so? Because there...
Title:The Rural Church Serving the CommunityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:24 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217608043

ISBN - 13:9780217608046