Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science (MS)
Sociology and Rural Studies
This study was developed as a result of an effort by the Aberdeen Area Ministry to assess the attitudes of members of its congregations toward their churches and their communities. It was felt the ministry could better serve if any disparity between their role and the perception of this role by parishioners was alleviated. As a result of striving to find means to improve services it was decided that a survey would be conducted. The result would be the determination of church members attitudes toward their churches and their communities. From this emanate two studies, one of which deals extensively with church members' attitudes toward their churches, while the other focuses on church members' attitudes toward their community. The former was accomplished by Hadley Klug and Dr. Robert M. Dimit in conjunction with the Aberdeen Area Ministry. The second aspect, church members' attitudes toward their community, is the central focus of this study which also originated through the efforts of the Aberdeen Area Ministry and Dr. Robert M. Dimit. While the central focus of this study is the attitudes of church members toward their community, some implications for the broader issue of rural-urban attitudes are inherent.
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South Dakota State University
Martin, Don, "Protestant Church Members' Attitudes Toward Community in Seven South Dakota Counties" (1969). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 3571.