This was done to train persons who will be doing mission work in Appalachia. Its goal is to help the missionaries understand the cultural values and ways of the persons who are native to the region.
This paper was given at the Southern Sociological Society meeting. It draws upon the data collected by the 1990 Glenmary study looking at the stock of churches in the non-metro counties of the nation. Hopefully this study will be replicated soon.
This is an historical sociological study of the rural church program of the Southern Baptist Convention. It was intended for the celebration of the 50th year of this program.
This paper was delivered at the SBC religious researchers meeting in 1996. I felt that we needed to look at what had happened in a suburbanized area over the past 50 years as related to the churches. I had hoped that it might be picked up and funded for a full study. I think that it provides some very valuable insights.
In this paper I attempted to demonstrate the myth of the death of rural churches.
This is a paper that I did which seeks to demonstrate the usefulness of sociological role theory in understanding the processes of everyday life. It uses a funeral as a case study.
This is a paper that I did for rural pastors in the state of Illinois in 1997. I attempt to show how culture and history impact the development of church life.