The Rechurching of Rural America was written in conjunction with the 1998 to 2001 restudy of about 500 rural and small town churches in 99 townships in Missouri. This is the third restudy of these churches. The foundational study was done in 1952. Lilly Foundation funded the study. It was conducted by the rural sociology department of the University of Missouri and by the Missouri School of Religion. The complete text is now available online for free.