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If you do not count it, it does not count: a pilot study of valuing urban congregations

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The value of urban congregations to local economies has been widely recognized but insufficiently measured. This study attempts to formulate and test a methodology for measuring this value. By applying different methods of valuation to a variety of factors, we achieve the first systematic measurement of the yearly contribution that an urban congregation makes to its city’s economy. The limitations and possibilities of our methodology are discussed, managerial implications are outlined, and further research and testing is suggested.
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Keywords: congregational externalities; congregational management; entrepreneurship; valuation

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania, 3701 Locust Walk Philadelphia, PA, 19104, USA 2: Partners for Sacred Places, 1700 Sansom Street, 10th Floor Philadelphia, PA, 19103, USA 3: Merton College, Oxford University, England, UK

Publication date: March 1, 2013

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  • The Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion as the first dedicated journal in this subfield houses the largest collection of academic work relevant to the disciplines of management and organization, religious studies and practical theology. JMSR is ranked second out of 530 religious studies journals by Scopus (2021 rating) and also as second out of 317 religion journals by Calrivate (2021 Journal Citation Indicator). JMSR will continue to serve these communities and related scholarly domains as the prime forum for disseminating empirical data, developing theory, reporting best practice, and for the exchange of ideas and debate.

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