Financing of Selected American Protestant Para-church Religious Institutions

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Wed, 01/01/1992

Much religious activity in the United States takes place in organizations, such as church camps, rescue missions, and church schools, that are not congregations. This exploratory, multi- disciplinary study examined the financing, fund-raising, motivations for giving and volunteering, and theological justification for particular practices of raising and spending money in selected U.S. Protestant para-church religious institutions. Wesley Willmer and a team of scholars and practitioners studied eight kinds of organizations which comprise a cross section of mainline and evangelical Protestant para-church institutions: Christian camps, denominational headquarters, Christian elementary and secondary schools, foreign missions organizations, religious broadcasters, evangelistic organizations, rescue and relief missions, and social service organizations. The results of this research may be found in an eight-part series published by the Christian Stewardship Association. (SM)