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Groups, Church
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[German Version]

Alongside or in the context of church structures, spontaneous and unplanned groups often form on the fringes of the church, which are based on the personal relationships among the members of the group and are capable of combining their interests in personal social relationship with topical interests (prayer circles, home groups [House church], peace groups [Peace movement], women's groups, environmental groups). Bacause of the principle of their constitution (cf. Group), they find it difficult to achieve durability and depend to a great degree on o…

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Pollack, Detlef, “Groups, Church”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 11 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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