Item description for Studying Local Churches: A Handbook by Helen Cameron, Philip Richter & Douglas Davies...
Overview This practical handbook - aimed at final year undergraduates, Masters-level students, student ministers, church leaders and policy makers interested in local faith communities - guides readers through the various tools, methods of analysis and research skills needed for studying local churches. This resource takes full account of the UK context and is an ideal basis for students undertaking research projects and dissertations. After an historical overview, the handbook identifies theoretical foundations for the study of local churches, drawing on the 4 disciplines of theology, anthropology, sociology and organisational studies. Guidance is provided on both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Research processes covered include such issues as selecting a church, gaining access, selecting methods, analysing data, maintaining confidentiality, research reflexivity, and completing the final report. There is also critical review of existing literature, as well as case studies and worked examples, demonstrating how key concepts from the 4 disciplines apply to actual local churches. The handbook contains a wide range of contributors with extensive theoretical and practical experience of studying local churches.
Publishers Description This practical handbook guides readers through the various tools, methods of analysis and research skills needed for studying local churches. It is aimed at final year undergraduates, Masters level students, student ministers, church leaders and policy makers interested in local faith communities.
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Studio: SCM Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.2" Width: 6.37" Height: 0.86" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Jun 24, 2011
Publisher SCM Press
ISBN 0334029600 ISBN13 9780334029601
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More About Helen Cameron, Philip Richter & Douglas Davies
Helen Cameron is Public Affairs Officer for the Salvation Army and a Research Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Ecclesiology and Practical Theology