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National Farm Radio Forum: The country church in the ‘60s

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With the rural population in decline and more cars on the farm, there's not much need for local churches in the Canadian countryside. So what is to happen to these churches and their congregations? And what's the purpose of church? In 1963, National Farm Radio Forum uses a new technique called "group dynamics" to explore the topic. Forums in five provinces are recorded and their comments edited together to pull the listener right into the forum atmosphere.   

Medium: Radio
Program: National Farm Radio Forum
Broadcast Date: Nov. 4, 1963
Duration: 28:50
Photo: Library and Archives Canada

Did You know?



• The forums heard in this broadcast, and over 200 more, were convened in March 1963 by special study groups organized by five denominations of the Christian church. The study guide for this broadcast published their conclusions on how rural churches could survive and thrive in the modern age.

The suggestions included:

Leadership and youth training courses
Better Sunday school
More involvement with the community at large
More co-operation with other denominations.


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