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Who Shall Lead Them?The Future of Ministry in America$
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Larry A. Witham

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195315936

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195315936.001.0001

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Organized Religion

Organized Religion

(p.139) 8 Organized Religion
Who Shall Lead Them?

Larry A. Witham

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the structure of organized religion in the United States. Two styles of church organization prevail in the United States, the congregational or the hierarchical and “connectional”. These forms of organized religion both rely on membership for their survival. In addition to recruitment, a church must also survive in its local environment, which is always changing as jobs and people move, neighborhoods age, and immigration to the U.S. continues.

Keywords:   organized religion, immigration, membership, churches, church organization

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