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Beyond the Congregation: The World of Christian Nonprofits

Christopher P. Scheitle


Christianity in the United States has long been organized around congregations and denominations. However, a different type of organization operating outside of these traditional structures is claiming an increasingly important place in the religious market. The growth of Christian nonprofits, popularly called “parachurch” organizations, has been recognized by churchgoers and social scientists alike as an important development that is transforming the composition and dynamics of American Christianity. The size, resources, and activities of this population have made it the public face of Americ ... More

Keywords: parachurch, nonprofits, finances, religious market, Christianity, congregations, denominations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199733521
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199733521.001.0001


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Christopher P. Scheitle, author
Pennsylvania State University
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