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Righteous RichesThe Word of Faith Movement in Contemporary African American Religion$
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Milmon F. Harrison

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195153132

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195153138.001.0001

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Negotiating the Demands of Membership at Faith Christian Center

Negotiating the Demands of Membership at Faith Christian Center

(p.107) 4 Negotiating the Demands of Membership at Faith Christian Center
Righteous Riches

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This chapter focuses on the difficult positions faced by some people as they attempt both to live out the teachings of the Faith Message and to serve the needs of the ministry. It discusses four coping strategies church members use to cope with the demands placed upon them: filtering, venting networks, break taking, and, leaving the church permanently. Filtering is the active, intentional practice of accepting certain parts of the pastor's interpretation of scripture (or definition of the situation in terms of practice) while consciously rejecting others. Venting networks emerged out of social interactions in which members — who may or may not be deemed “disgruntled” but who have something to say that may be interpreted by others as against the dominant view — are able to critique and to give voice to their disagreements or discontents concerning some aspect of their experiences in the church. Break taking involves members voluntarily removing themselves either from their position in the church as a worker for a period of time before returning at some later date or staying away from the ministry altogether for a period of time.

Keywords:   Word of Faith Movement, Faith Message, charismatic Christianity, charismatic movements, coping strategies

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