The Catholic Experience of Small Christian Communities.

Citation: 
Lee, Bernard J. The Catholic Experience of Small Christian Communities. Paulist Press, 2000.
Abstract: 

Bernard J. Lee and associates examine the dynamics of small Christian communities within the Roman Catholic Church in the United States, the circumstances surrounding their origins and growth, and their future prospects. Lee and associates nationally surveyed the existing small Christian communities and categorized them into four overlapping groups: (1) Broad, general type, (2) Hispanic/Latino, (3) Charismatic, and (4) Call to Action and Eucharist Centered communities. The primary motivation for people to join small Christian communities stem from their desire to learn more about God and religion; a percentage of respondents also listed the need for an alternative church, and alternate liturgy as reasons to join small Christian communities. The survey concluded that small Christian communities are experiencing rapid growth and most community members identify prayer and family as highest priority issues. As a whole, small Christian communities within the Roman Catholic Church provide a context for community, support, and transformation. Details of the survey and the methods used to analyze survey data are given in the appendices.

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