Beyond the Congregation: The World of Christian Nonprofits by Christopher P. Scheitle

Beyond the Congregation: The World of Christian Nonprofits

byChristopher P. Scheitle

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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 ofAmerican Christianity and altered the relationship between individuals, churches and denominations. Beyond the Congregation utilizes data on almost 2,000 of the largest and most influential Christian nonprofits in the United States to answer some of the key questions raised by these organizations.What explains the growth of Christian nonprofits? What activities are they pursuing? How are they funded and how do they use those funds? Beyond the Congregation provides a much needed examination of these issues that is accessible and informative for scholars, nonprofit executives, religiousleaders and the general public.

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Christopher P. Scheitle received his Ph.D. in sociology from The Pennsylvania State University, where he is currently a Senior Research Associate.

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Title:Beyond the Congregation: The World of Christian NonprofitsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:September 30, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Christian Nonprofits: The Religious Market's Other Supplier2. From Religious Societies to Public Charities: A Parachurch History3. Competition and Collaboration: The Market Dynamics of Church and Parachurch4. Parachurch Profiles: From Christian Cowboys to Donating Cows5. The Balance Sheet: A Financial Portrait of the Parachurch Sector6. Leadership and Accountability: Executives, Boards and Watchdogs7. Parachurch and State: Tax Laws, Government Funding and Nonprofit LobbyingAppendix Data Collection MethodsIndex