Journal of Communication and Religion
This quantitative study investigates music and worship style preferences. A survey measured participants' worship and music preferences in order to further examine the relationship between the two. Multiple and logistic regressions were significant indicating that preferred music genres can be used to predict one's worship style preference. Further investigation used Social Identity Theory to examine the conflict that often occurs within churches over music and worship styles. Therefore, the survey included the Identification with a Psychological Group scale to measure participants' identification with the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Multiple regression results showed a significant overall prediction of organizational identity, indicating that Missouri Synod Lutherans who prefer traditional or formal worship components identify more strongly with the larger organization, the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS).
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Johnson, T. L., Rudd, J., Neuendorf, K., & Jian, G. (2010). Worship styles, music and social identity: A communication study. Journal of Religion & Communication, 33(1), 144-174. Retrieved from http://www.relcomm.org/journal-of-communication-and-religion.html