The Town and Country Church Institute (TCCI) provides education, research and consultation for the church in rural and small town environments and the Appalachian region, including ecological ministries to respond to contextual and global change

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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

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

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

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