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Congregations in Conflict: Cultural Models of Local Religious Life [Paperback]

By Penny E. Becker (Author)
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Congregations in Conflict uses the suburbs of Chicago to examine the nature of American congregations as institutions, looking in particular at how they deal with conflict within their ranks, to gain insight into religious culture. In detailed and well documented case studies of conflict in twenty-three congregations including Protestant parishes, Catholic parishes, and Jewish synagogues, Becker examines such factors as organizational processes, the extent and types of ties among church members, their shared understandings about mission and identity, and their level of public commitment. At the local level Becker finds vital "public religion": congregations that provide caring and support for members, service to the local community, and important arenas for moral debate and public activism.

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Examining the nature of American congregations as institutions, this work looks in particular at how they deal with conflict within their ranks, to gain insight into religious culture, or the moral order of local religious life. In detailed case studies of conflict in 23 congregations, Penny Becker examines such factors as organizational processes, the extent and types of ties between church members, their shared understandings about mission and identity, and level of public commitment. From these factors, the author develops four models of local religious cultures, each of which emphasizes different aspects of the mission imperatives that broadly characterize American religion - to reproduce an historic faith, to provide a caring community of believers, and to witness. Becker finds vital public religion: congregations that provide caring and support for members, service to the local community, and important arenas for moral debate and public activism.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Congregations in Conflict: Cultural Models of Local Religious Life by Penny E. Becker has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Library Journal - 04/01/2000
  • Christian Century - 10/25/2000 page 1082
  • Library Journal - 05/15/1999


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Studio: Cambridge University Press
Pages   280
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.01" Width: 6.03" Height: 0.64"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 16, 2005
Publisher   Cambridge University Press
ISBN  0521594626  
ISBN13  9780521594622  


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Congregations in Conflict: Cultural Models of Local Religiou  Apr 3, 2000
Becker's book is extremely helpful in understanding how congregations work and how different congregation models handle conflict. The first two chapters explain how the author went about conducting her study and her origional theory which changed with the results of her research. The next five chapters were the best as she described the different congregational models she discovered in her study. Each type of congregation views conflict differently and has different ways of addressing conflict. Her writing style is very easy to read and understand. The last two chapters are less useful to the lay leader in the church as Becker addresses her colleagues; defending her study and results. I recomend this book for pastors and lay leaders for understanding their congregations better.
 

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