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Factors for Urban Church Growth

Mark Junkans

Values shared by church and community that positively affect urban church growth are:

1. Demographic

Education and income

2. Idealogical

strict vs. intolerant churches

localism vs. cosmopolitanism

3. Relational

Network of friendships in urban settings no longer tied to geography and tradition as in rural locale.

"Significant relational groups" Kenno Callahan

"Bridges of God" Claude S. Fischer (1 40)

The primary independent predicting variable is "the degree of congruence between the values of the institution and those of its context." (45)

"Where the cultural symbols of a congregation are congruent with those of a local community, the Gospel will receive aneasier hearing." (144)