Some Religious Sociology

Reading Emergence of the “Church of Christ” Denomination by David Edwin Harrell, Jr., Ph.D. about sociology’s view of the “sect to denomination” process as it applies to this American Reformation | Restorationist group and today’s Congregational Consulting Group’s PERSPECTIVES article by Sarai Rice on Denominational Dematurity.

Progression of “sect”, “institutional sect”, “denomination”; and life cycle of churches.

See also Generationally Rethinking Church with Dick Hamm.

Dr. Peter Steinke, Church – Making the Future Work, Siburt Institute for Church Ministry and CitySquare

Dr. Peter Steinke, internationally respected author and church consultant, applies systems theory to developing and maintaining healthy congregations. “Church – Making the Future Work” was a one-day seminar presented by the Siburt Institute for Church Ministry and CitySquare as a part of the “Equipping for Ministry” Series. Published on Jun 16, 2014

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Dr. Carroll D. Osburn on the Future of Restorationism (circa 1992)

The following address was presented by Dr. Carroll D. Osburn, Carmichael Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Abilene Christian University, January 12, 1992 at the ACU faculty pre-session conference.

Dr. Carroll Osburn – part 1 (Philosophical Orientation)
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Dr. Carroll Osburn – part 2 (Biblical Orientation)
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Dr Carroll Osburn – part 3 (Theological Orientation)
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Dr Carroll Osburn – part 4 (Experiential Orientation)
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Dr Carroll Osburn – Part 5 (Principles for the Future)
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Dr Carroll Osburn – Part 6 (Principles for the Future cont.)
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Dr. Carroll Osburn – Part 7 (Principles for the Future cont.)
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Millennial Blogger

By Greg Taylor, Managing Editor of www.wineskins.org

Alexander Campbell used publishing to advance the restoration of the church. Had he lived today, how would he use media to move the restoration? What can we learn from Campbellā€™s use of media that can be applied to our use of media today as we advance our own understanding of restoration?

<ed.note>[Update: originally posted in 2006.] The remainder here… If you haven’t ever appreciated Campbell’s wonderous “The Third Epistle of Peter” I commend it — and assume he might have thought that Greg would have been safe to add a fifth observation in his article — running along the lines of Glyn Moody’s Presentation on the “Opens“</ed.note>

Resources on the Intersection of the Internet and American Christian Religious Communities

Small-Town America: Finding Community, Shaping the Future Robert Wuthnow

See also Insights With Robert Wuthnow – YouTube

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Virtually Religious: Technology and Internet Use in American Congregations
by Scott Thumma March 2011

A report on Internet and technology use by churches and other faith communities based on the Faith Communities Today 2010 survey results.

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Links to Information on the Internet/Web and Religion [Hartford Institute for Religion Research]