The Prospering Parachurch: Enlarging the Boundaries of God's Kingdomby Wesley K. Willmer, J. David Schmidt, Martyn Smith
A new breed of nonprofit organization-the parachurch-is dramatically reshaping the religious world-taking religion beyond the walls of the traditional church and providing infinite ways for people to link their lives to God. Some estimate there are as many as 100,000 parachurch organizations in North America alone and the number keeps rising. With monetary… See more details below
A new breed of nonprofit organization-the parachurch-is dramatically reshaping the religious world-taking religion beyond the walls of the traditional church and providing infinite ways for people to link their lives to God. Some estimate there are as many as 100,000 parachurch organizations in North America alone and the number keeps rising. With monetary donations approaching donations to traditional churches, many parachurch organizations rank among the world's largest, most influential, and thriving nonprofits, including Campus Crusade for Christ, Habitat for Humanity, World Vision, Christian Broadcasting Network, and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.These organizations, and thousands of other faith-based groups, provide a societal safety net-bringing their perspective of faith to bear on practically every personal or social issue imaginable, from education to disaster relief, from global evangelism concerns to personal counseling, from children's summer camps to the treatment of addiction. Expressed faith in God has found a new voice in the parachurch.What is fueling this dynamic and diverse movement-properly described as religion gone entrepreneur? What distinguishes those parachurch organizations that are most successfully enlarging the boundaries of God's work in the world? What challenges lie ahead? And how can all the stakeholders within these organizations-leaders, staff, board members, and the larger church community'work together to maximize these organizations' effectiveness in accomplishing their missions'In The Prospering Parachurch, Wesley K. Willmer and J. David Schmidt offer the first comprehensive resource for everyone with an interest in the future of parachurch organizations and the parachurch movement. They uncover the movement's roots and clarify the boundaries of the parachurch while providing a thorough and practical guide to the key issues facing every parachurch leader-remaining focused on the organization's mission
Meet the Author
WESLEY K. WILLMER, vice president of University Advancement and a professor at Biola University, is a consultant to parachurch organizations. J. DAVID SCHMIDT heads a Wheaton, Illinois based consulting firm that provides strategic planning, research, and organizational development services to Christian parachurch organizations. MARTYN SMITH is a freelance writer and a frequent presenter of seminars on religious and literary topics.
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