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Saving Souls, Serving SocietyUnderstanding the Faith Factor in Church-Based Social Ministry$
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Heidi Rolland Unruh and Ronald J. Sider

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195161557

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195161556.001.0001

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A Typology of Faith-Based Organizations and Programs

A Typology of Faith-Based Organizations and Programs

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(p.103) 6 A Typology of Faith-Based Organizations and Programs
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Saving Souls, Serving Society
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Heidi Rolland Unruh

Ronald J. Sider (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195161556.003.0006

The term “faith-based organizations” is inadequate because no clear definition exists of what it means to be “faith-based”. This chapter proposes an inductively derived typology to capture the religious characteristics of social service organizations and programs. The analysis focuses on the tangible, overt ways that religion may be manifest in a nonprofit entity, yielding six types: faith-permeated, faith-centered, faith-affiliated, faith-background, faith-secular partnership, and secular. The model is multidimensional, recognizing that the religious characteristics of an institution may differ from the specific programs it operates. Examples are drawn from the Philadelphia area to illustrate each type of organization and program.

Keywords:   faith-based organizations, religion, social services, nonprofits, Philadelphia

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