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SIX THOUSAND COUNTRY CHURCHES

THE MACMILLAN COMPANY NEW YORK · BOSTON · CHICAGO · DALLAS ATLANTA · SAN FRANCISCO

MACMILLAN & CO., LIMITED LONDON · BOMBAY · CALCUTTA MELBOURNE

THE MACMILLAN CO. OF CANADA, LTD. TORONTO

[Illustration: THE COUNTRY CHURCHES OF OHIO]

SIX THOUSAND COUNTRY CHURCHES

BY CHARLES OTIS GILL AND GIFFORD PINCHOT

AUTHORS OF "THE COUNTRY CHURCH"

PUBLISHED UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE FEDERAL COUNCIL OF THE CHURCHES OF CHRIST IN AMERICA

New York THE MACMILLAN COMPANY 1919 All rights reserved

COPYRIGHT, 1919 BY THE MACMILLAN COMPANY

Set up and electrotyped. Published November, 1919

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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PART I CONDITIONS AND REMEDIES

INTRODUCTION xiii

CHAPTER

I. HOW THE FACTS WERE GATHERED 3

II. THE RURAL CHURCH MAPS OF OHIO 5

III. SUMMARY OF RESULTS 8

Oversupply of Churches The churches small and weak Attendance An absentee ministry Divided effort of the ministry Short term of minister's service Defective overhead organization Ministers' salaries Educational equipment of the minister.

IV. WHERE CHURCH EFFICIENCY IS LOWEST 12

V. THE CHURCH IN THE EIGHTEEN COUNTIES 19

VI. A POLICY AND PROGRAM 40

1. A better program 2. A better ministry 3. Better support 4. Better acquaintance 5. Re arrangement of circuits 6. More resident ministers 7. Interchurch coöperation 8. Community churches 9. Non sectarian support.

VII. FEDERATED CHURCHES 59

1. Greene Township 2. Aurora 3. Garrettsville 4. Northfield 5. Federated churches in other states.

VIII. OTHER PROGRESSIVE CHURCHES 75

1. A church federation 2. Coöperation with other social forces 3. Community service and Christian unity 4. Christian unity by necessity 5. The church as a force for righteousness (a) Old Fort (b) Lakeville.

IX. AGRICULTURAL COÖPERATION 88

PART II TABULAR SUMMARIES AND MAPS

I. GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTION OF THE DENOMINATIONS 93

II. TABULAR SUMMARIES FOR THE STATE 110

Table I. Population, average number of Persons and Churches, and average number of Persons to a Church, by Townships 111

Table II. Churches classified according to the number of their members 112

Table III. Amount of Ministerial Service by Townships, Villages, and Churches 114

Table IV. Number of Churches in Villages and in the Open Country 115

Table V. Resident Ministers in Strictly Rural Townships in the Open Country and in Villages 118

Table VI. Terms of Service of Methodist Episcopal Country Ministers, 1917 119

Table VII. Average number of Persons to a Church in 1170 Rural Townships 121

Table VIII. Average number of Persons to a Church in Rural Townships, Suburban Townships, and Cities 122

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