Journal Article

<i>2007 Robert J. McNamara Student Paper Award Winner</i>Leadership Compensation in Christian Nonprofits*

Christopher P. Scheitle

in Sociology of Religion

Published on behalf of Association for the Sociology of Religion

Volume 70, issue 4, pages 384-408
Published in print January 2009 | ISSN: 1069-4404
Published online November 2009 | e-ISSN: 1759-8818 | DOI:
2007 Robert J. McNamara Student Paper Award WinnerLeadership Compensation in Christian Nonprofits*

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Christian nonprofits have an important place in the religious landscape of the United States. They are providing a wide range of goods and services to individuals, congregations, and even denominations. Despite their substantial and growing influence, we know little about how these organizations are using the billions of dollars they collectively receive. I examine one issue that is frequently of interest to both scholars and the public. Using new data on over 1,900 Christian nonprofits, the analysis looks at leadership compensation in these organizations. I focus on how organizational resources, internal and external monitoring, and leadership power influence whether and how much Christian nonprofits compensate their leaders. Resources and leadership power are found to be positively associated with the amount of compensation given to leaders in Christian nonprofits, while monitoring does not have a significant association.

Keywords: Christian nonprofits; leaders; compensation; parachurch

Journal Article.  9251 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religion ; Sociology of Religion

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