The formation, transitions, and evolution of small religious organizations

Thomas H. Jeavons, Ram A. Cnaan

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The goal of this article is to identify and explore the patterns of formation and development ofsmallerreligiousnonprofitserviceorganizations-thosethatoftenbegininthebasements of some religious congregations-and to examine the transitions that they go through to become viable, self-sustaining entities. Based on a review of the available literature and extensive fieldwork, the authors propose insights into these issues as well as suggestions regarding when external intervention and support are worthwhile.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S62-S84
JournalNonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
Issue number4 SUPPL.
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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