Understanding Christianity Through Presentation and Practice


Having grown up in the Midwest, I have seen the localized practice of Christianity as a way of life for many members of small communities. Christian protocols cultivate a mindset of fellowship outside the sanctuary. Praying for members of the community that do and do not regularly attend services instilled in me a curiosity about community dynamics through religious practices. This research-based study describes the congregation of a small country church known as The Harmony Church through regular attendance at Sunday services, weekly music practices, Bible study, and prayer meetings as well as monthly business meetings. Using ethnographic methods of participant observation and interviews, I discuss how the congregation understands and values their General Baptist Christian practice locally, as well as perceive its presentation globally.

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