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The Role of Judicatories in Interpreting Denominational Identity

National denominations expect regional judicatories to actively promote denominational loyalty among their congregations. However, members of congregations are increasingly divided in their sense of loyalty to the denomination and its missions and programs. This paper, with supporting tables, reviews the factors working against denominational loyalty and addresses the question of how middle judicatories can effectively influence church commitment to the denomination in The Role of Judicatories in Interpreting Denominational Identity [pdf] by Adair T. Lummis, Hartford Institute for Religion Research, Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT 06105 Paper Presented at the 1999 Annual Meetings of the Religious Research Association, Boston.




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