Christian Nonprofits

Christopher P. Scheitle

in Beyond the Congregation

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199733521
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199866281 | DOI:
Christian Nonprofits

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This chapter introduces readers to the market perspective on religion. It argues that a new supplier of religious goods and services, Christian nonprofits, has grown in size and prominence. The chapter reviews arguments made by scholars and religious leaders concerning the importance of these organizations as they have restructured the religious market. The growth of nonprofits, particularly 501(c)(3) public charities, is traced using Internal Revenue Service records, and the size of the parachurch population is estimated.

Keywords: 501(c)(3); public charities; charities; parachurch; religious market; Christian; nonprofits

Chapter.  5854 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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