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SOME FACTORS THAT AFFECT THE GROWTH OF
CATHOLIC AND EVANGELICAL CHURCHES
IN LATIN AMERICA
 
Compiled by Dr. Clifton L. Holland
Director of PROLADES
 
5 September 2002
 
The factors are many and varied, but in general the ones that are most often mentioned in the literature regarding public opinion polls and social science research are the following (they are not in any special order):
 
REJECTION
◄FACTORS►
ATTRACTION
AUTHORITARIAN◄
STYLE OF LEADERSHIP
►DEMOCRATIC
LITTLE◄
PARTICIPATION OF LAYMEN
►MUCH
PESSIMISTIC-FATALISTIC◄
WORLDVIEW
►OPTIMISTIC-POSITIVE
MINIMUM◄
PERSONAL SATISFACTION
►MAXIMUM
MINIMUM◄
TOLERANCE
►MAXIMUM
LOW◄
PERSONAL MOTIVATION
►HIGH
CLERGY-CENTERED◄
WORSHIP ORIENTATION
►LAY-CENTERED
TRADITION & DOGMA◄
SOURCE OF AUTHORITY
►THE BIBLE
GOOD WORKS &
THE SACRAMENTS◄
CONCEPT OF SALVATION
►FAITH, GRACE &
OBEDIENCE TO GOD
LARGE-IMPERSONAL◄
CONGREGATION SIZE
►SMALL-PERSONAL
LITTLE EVIDENCE◄
SUPERNATURAL POWER
►VERY EVIDENT
DEPENDENCE◄
PERSONAL ORIENTATION
►INDEPENDENCE
THE CHURCH◄
COMMITMENT TO
►CHRIST
ATTEND MASS / WORSHIP SERVICES◄
PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY
►CONVERSION & DISCIPLESHIP
YESTERDAY & AGES AGO
(THE PAST)◄
TIME ORIENTATION
►TODAY & TOMORROW
(THE FUTURE)
DOCTRINE◄
HOLY SPIRIT
►A LIVING BEING
GROUP / COMMUNITY◄
SOCIAL ORIENTATION
►INDIVIDUALS
FEMENINE (CHURCH-MARY)◄��
GENDER FOCUS
MASCULINE (CHRIST)
LITTLE◄
EMOTIONAL EXPRESSION
►MUCH
MANY◄
PROHIBITIONS-LEGALISMS
►FEW
FEAR OF HELL-PURGATORY◄
ATMOSPHERE OF WORSHIP
►JOY IN THE LORD
DEAD◄
CONCEPT OF CHRIST
►LIVING
FEW CASES◄
DIVINE HEALING
►MANY CASES
LOW◄
ETHNICAL CONDUCT
►HIGH
LITTLE◄
FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
►MUCH
LITTLE◄
SOCIAL ASSISTANCE
►MUCH