Communicating the Messages of Christian Community
Another reason patterns of personal relations were important was because of the role they played in the communication of community information. This chapter looks at personal networks in a broader sense and describes how, why, and by whom community messages are passed. Most messages were of a practical nature, about when meetings were to be held or handouts distributed, but additionally, networks were vehicles for raising issues and discussing values. The networks also constituted a stage on which members exhibited their own exemplary behaviors and exerted social pressure on others to maintain community norms. These were all critically important aspects of maintaining a community of shared beliefs and norms.
KeywordsCommunity Message Reason Pattern Christian Community Negative News Image Building
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