The Pope is the head of the church, and he makes decisions regarding faith and morals. The cardinals provide advice to the Pope and elects a new Pope upon the latter’s death. An archbishop is in charge of a main diocese, which is composed of several parishes. A bishop teaches church doctrine and is also a priest. A priest conducts many of the sacraments, such as the Eucharist, baptism, and marriage.
The social patterns within the group are formation of related religious groups and conduct of socio-civic activities that inculcate religious norms and beliefs. Christianity has several sub-organizations, such as Couples for Christ and Youth for Christ. These organizations uphold religious values and practices through conducting and participating in community-centered activities. They have intertwined purposes of spreading the Word of God and enhancing the solidarity of its members. In addition, they serve important socio-civic activities, which can have social, political, and economic purposes, such as feeding children in low-income areas and lobbying for laws that promote Christian values. Conflicts exist at times, due to differences in interpreting the Bible and other personal differences.
Language and nonverbal communication are important ways of interacting and sending messages to one another in a Christian group. Language is used to symbolically build the Church. It is the primary channel in conveying the Word of God and spreading the Christian faith to non-believers. Nonverbal communication refers to actions and gestures that are meant to reinforce Christian beliefs and norms. Sometimes, language can conflict with nonverbal communication, which can confuse other members. It is important for our group to be honest to one another and to express each other’s ideas, rather than hiding them.
Symbols are important to the Christian faith, because they stand for something that people believe.