Spiritual Home: Life in British and American Reformed Congregations, 1830-1915

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Penn State Press, Nov 1, 2010 - Religion
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The subject is Presbyterian churches (rather than Reformed), but the conclusions are broadly applicable to mainstream Protestant churches in this country: in 1830, "a congregation engaged in little ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction From the Perspective of the Pew
3
Leadership Power Governance
13
The Lords Day
35
Without Ceasing Prayer Meetings and Occasional Services
58
A New Song The Cultivation of MiddleClass Taste
74
Becoming a Member Procedures and Expectations
101
Caring for Each Other Nurture and Discipline
124
The Business of the Congregat1on The Pursuit of Efficiency and Financial Stability
151
Caring for Others Social Christianity and the Local Congregation
180
Good Friends and Companions Social Recteational and Fellowship Activities
207
Church Buildings Setting and Symbol
222
From Piety to Fellowship
240
Notes
245
B1bl1ography
303
Index
327
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