The Town and Country Church Institute (TCCI) fosters education and research on the church in rural environments.

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Working definition of rural and small town:

Open country to towns of <10,000 in population

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Other useful definitions of “rural”:

1. The land or environment per se

2. Demography: fewer people than in cities (US Census definitions since 1790)

3. Vocation (historical): especially farming, but also hunting, forestry, mining/extraction

4. Culture (also historical): patterns of living related to 1, 2 & 3, above