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The Impact of Congregational Characteristics on Conflict-Related Exit*

Hui-Tzu Grace Chou

in Sociology of Religion

Published on behalf of Association for the Sociology of Religion

Volume 69, issue 1, pages 93-108
Published in print January 2008 | ISSN: 1069-4404
Published online January 2008 | e-ISSN: 1759-8818 | DOI:
The Impact of Congregational Characteristics on Conflict-Related Exit*

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The aim of this article is to examine the impact of congregational characteristics on conflict-related exit. Using a conflict theoretical perspective, this article explores factors that put congregations at a higher risk of developing conflict-related exit, including the characteristics of their leaders, the social composition of their members, and their theological perspectives. Multivariate analysis of data from the National Congregations Study (NCS) shows that the probability of conflict-related exit is lower among congregations with older leaders and racially and economically homogeneous members, and is higher among congregations involved with the charismatic movement. A possible connection between some organizational characteristics and local congregational culture models developed by Becker is discussed.

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Subjects: Religion ; Sociology of Religion

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