Informal groups which do not depend on authority for their existence may originate simply in psychological reactions , that is , in the quest for deeper relationships formed according to norms other than those allowed for regulated ...
This principle , if applied , thus has the capacity to revolutionize the shape and structures of the Churches and also to ... 25 See J. D. Zizioulas , “ Informal Groups in the Church : An Orthodox Viewpoint , " Informal Groups in the ...
Author: Patricia Fox
Publisher: Liturgical Press
"God As Communion" explores ancient and new meanings of the symbol of God as Trinity and brings the Christian traditions of West and East into dialogue. Through an exploration of the works of two contemporary theologians, Fox retrieves this central Christian symbol and uncovers its transforming power for the Church and world today.
However, a church is replete with opportunities for informal organization that can either complement the formal organization or conflict with it. Real church life takes place where people are in mission: in Sunday school classes, ...
Author: Otto F. Crumroy Jr
Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.
These 544 pages of field-tested solutions deliver proven procedures, planning models, and copier-friendly forms for all aspects of local church administration. Packed with excellent guidelines and tools for assessing and improving parish management." A wealth of information on parish administration." -- The Living Church
If we want to think about how people join in, and how the team spirit is formed, then it helps to talk about 'formal' and 'informal' teams, along with the perceived degree of social pressure to join. Formal and informal teams Teams can ...
Author: Sara Savage
Publisher: Canterbury Press
Until now, Fresh Expressions has been about starting and sustaining mission initiatives among people with little or no church contact. As these projects mature, pastoral problems easily arise - how do you integrate the old with the new? How do you get an established congregation to change it views and practices? How do you cope with conflict? What if newcomers challenge set patterns of church behaviour rather than conform with them? The publication is structured for use for training in local churches, theological colleges and as a research tool in postgraduate study.
visible appearance of church in reality. This shape of church is always influenced by the social reality in space and in time; church has an interaction with the context.” Networks and informal groups currently play an important role in ...
Author: Harmen van Wijnen
Publisher: Eburon Uitgeverij B.V.
Category: Church work with teenagers
The church is struggling with the gap between the church and adolescents. Over the last decades, the problem of ‘bridging the gap’ was often outsourced to youth ministry in different forms, such as special youth workers, faith-learning programs, local activities, national events, holidays, and education of youth leaders. However, the overall conclusion is that over the last ten years, traditional youth ministry forms cannot function as the bridge they should be; the gap is too deep and too wide, or perhaps the metaphor of the gap is no longer appropriate to describe the current situation regarding the church and adolescents. This book aims to provide a creative and innovative contribution to the search for new paradigms in youth ministry. This book shows that small groups are very important for adolescents. The natural social environment greatly influences adolescents in their process of transformation from childhood to adulthood, including faith socialization. The emphasis on the natural social environment can be defined as follows: “Being goes before organizing, and the individual cannot ‘be’ without others.” Briefly, “being together as a basic given.” The conclusion of this book is that youth ministry needs a twofold turn: a turn from the individual to the communal, and a turn from an organized environment to a natural environment.
The Informal Function Oftentimes , informal social groups are not included in an organizational chart . ... Cliques and informal groups are not , in every case , detrimental to the welfare of an organization or a church .
Sunday school, pastoral care, response to personal crises, maintenance of building (and cemetery), family events, prayer and study groups, women's organizations, the rhythm of official boards and informal groups. In a general way, ...
Author: Carl S. Dudley
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Dudley's work in Making the Small Church Effective (1978) broke new ground in understanding the dynamics of life in the small congregation. In this revised edition, Dudley revisits the small church, posing new questions reflective of the considerable changes that have swept over small churches in the last two decades. Among the most significant recent developments are shifts in institutional loyalty and individual's sense of identity in relation to larger groups and organizations. Dudley explores the key components that contribute to a small congregation's sense of unity and that motivate its members to more faithfully live out their faith.
There were teens in each of the three groups who did not have highly developed social skills and came to their ... Informal groups of teens went out to eat after youth meetings , leens from the same church were friends in school as well ...
Author: Carol E. Lytch
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
This well-researched study explains what attracts teenagers to church and keeps them there. It provides a helpful description of the most effective ways that congregations and parents can build a faith in early teens that is not anti-institutional and that helps them value the church.
Author: Gwyneth H. McClendonPublish On: 2019-09-30
groups with congregants and interviews with informal group leaders. We focused on Catholic churches rather than Mainline Protestant churches for these comparison follow-ups because we suspected ex ante that they might be the most ...
Author: Gwyneth H. McClendon
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Category: Political Science
Using Christianity in Africa, this book demonstrates that cultural influences, specifically religious sermons, can impact political participation.
22 John Zizioulas , ' Informal Groups in the Church : An Orthodox Viewpoint ' , in : R. Metz and J. Schlick ( eds . ) , Informal Groups in the Church . Papers of the Second Cerdic Colloquium Strasbourg , May 13-15 , 1971 ( Pittsburg ...
Author: Jonathan Sutton
Publisher: Peeters Publishers
This volume contains selected papers presented at a conference on Orthodox Christianity and its contemporary European setting. The conference was held in England, at the University of Leeds, in June 2001 and drew together historians, theologians, philosophers, specialists in theological education and political scientists. Countries with an Orthodox Christian history were well represented, as well as Orthodoxy in the diaspora and other Christian confessions by representatives from Western Europe and the United States and Canada. The coherence of Orthodox Christianity and contemporary threats to its coherence formed one main strand for reflection, but discussion also broadened out to consider the nature of religious tradition as such. Part I of the collection brings together papers on such matters as identity, nationalism, globalization, human rights discourse, ecumenical dialogue and competing interpretations of what it means to be European. Part II focuses on Orthodox Christianity in Russia and Part III on the traditionally Orthodox countries of Armenia, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine. The present collection is meant as a contribution to further reflection on Orthodox identity, and relationship between Christianity and culture in Europe at the beginning of the twenty-first century.