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Master of Arts




Youth work has been an important part of the activity of churches. Most of the studies about it and most of the programs for young people, however, seem to concern town and city churches more than rural churches.

It is my purpose in this paper to present a study of the work that is being done with and for young people in rural churches in Virginia. First a survey will be made of conditions which contribute to the problems of youth work in rural churches in general. Then the youth activities and problems of churches in Virginia will be considered. The Taylorsville Baptist Church, which has been the center of my life since I became a member there two years ago, will be used as an example. After an analysis has been made of its situation, a plan will be presented which will be suitable for the young people of Taylorsville.