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Attitudes Toward The Church

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This chapter finds out the attitudes of church members towards the church. It presents the empirical findings of the attitude towards the church. The chapter considers theoretically the diverse attitudes of our respondents toward the church by looking at their attitudes toward the mission of the church, church structures, and the tasks of the church. It looks into the structure of the church. The chapter distinguishes between three types of church structures, namely: hierarchical , centralized , and democratic structures . Task of the church can be examined on three different levels, namely: the microlevel task of the church which involves the care for individual persons ; the meso-level which consists of church praxis that are group-directed in nature ; and the macro-level which is the task of the church that has a socio-political character . It examines the social location of the ecclesial attitudes of these church members.

Keywords: church structures; ecclesial attitudes; empirical findings; mission of the church; socio-political character; Tasks of the church



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