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The Rise of Network ChristianityHow Independent Leaders Are Changing the Religious Landscape$
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Brad Christerson and Richard Flory

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190635671

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190635671.001.0001

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Innovations in Governance

Innovations in Governance

networks and apostles

(p.48) Chapter Three Innovations in Governance
The Rise of Network Christianity

Brad Christerson

Richard Flory

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes in detail the governance structures of INC Christianity and how it differs from the governance structures of religious groups organized around congregations and denominations. The chapter describes what many in INC groups call “apostolic leadership,” which refers to dynamic individuals who operate independently of any formal organization or bureaucratic authority structure. We draw on our extensive in-depth case studies to illustrate the various network configurations and governance structures of INC leaders and groups. We end the chapter by exploring how the rise of network forms of governance in religion parallel network governance in the global capitalist economy.

Keywords:   apostolic, networks, governance, globalization, organizations, capitalism

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