Organizational Vulnerability in Modern Religious Organizations

Religious organizations are far more likely to follow than to lead local community values because they are painfully vulnerable as organizations. They are dependent on members' favor for attendance, manpower, and financial support, whereas members participate largely for instrumental return. Cl...

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Published in:Journal for the scientific study of religion
Main Author: Brannon, Robert C. L. (Author)
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [1971]
In:Journal for the scientific study of religion
Year: 1971, Volume: 10, Issue: 1, Pages: 27-32
Further subjects:B Clerics
B Communities
B Churches
B Protestantism
B Catholicism
B Religious buildings
B Church congregations
B Pastors
B Religious organizations
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Summary:Religious organizations are far more likely to follow than to lead local community values because they are painfully vulnerable as organizations. They are dependent on members' favor for attendance, manpower, and financial support, whereas members participate largely for instrumental return. Clergy are likely to be predisposed to be passive and to be rewarded professionally largely for keeping their congregations satisfied. The national hierarchy has little basis for influencing the locally entrenched congregations.
ISSN:1468-5906
Reference:Kritik in "The Meaning of Local "Vulnerability" in Modern Religious Organizations (1971)"
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.2307/1385315