Economic Halo Effect Handout

Rural churches offer support to communities in so many fantastic ways that we don't always remember to celebrate. Partners for Sacred Places, the Duke Endowment and UNC Charlotte Urban Institute conducted a study to understand the economic impact of rural churches in North Carolina. What the report showed was rural churches impact the economy through six key categories: direct spending, education, magnet effect, individual impact, community service programs and open space. Check out these handouts for a few learning points we can consider in when celebrating rural impact in Missouri. The full report can be accessed at You can also engage your leadership or volunteers with the reflection questions to think about and celebrate your local impact.