Community and Propinquity of Church Members

Tom Bulten


Rapidly changing urban form and concepts of community have obscured the relationship between physical distance and social distance-residential proximity and community cohesion. Tom Bulten regards church congregations as communities of interest and examines the relationship between the physical dispersion of church members and the strength of social ties in the congregation. He finds that propinquity had little influence on the ability of a congregation to experience a sense of community. The homogeneous composition of the “niche congregation” may explain this result. Mr. Bulten is an at-home dad. He recently completed his master’s degree in geography and urban affairs at Michigan State University. Before that, he spent seven years facilitating community and organizational development in Uganda, East Africa.


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