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A Model of Religious Investment to Explain the Success of Megachurches

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  • Marc von der Ruhr


    (Department of Economics, St. Norbert College)

  • Joseph Daniels


    (Center for Global and Economic Studies, Marquette University)

Despite their non-traditional approach, megachurches have grown significantly in the United States since 1980. This paper constructs a model of religious investment to examine how �seeker�-oriented megachurches succeed in attracting and retaining new members. The model illustrates that megachurches have been able to encourage additional religious investment through group-based activities. Hence, these activities may be viewed as a subsidy for religious investment. As a result, individuals associated with megachurches increase their religious investment relative to individuals associated with non-megachurches. Data from the FACT2000 survey provide evidence that megachurches employ groups to help subsidize individuals� religious investment, and that the resulting religious capital rises among members of megachurches relative to members of non-megachurches.

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Paper provided by Marquette University, Center for Global and Economic Studies and Department of Economics in its series Working Papers and Research with number 0806.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: May 2008
Handle: RePEc:mrq:wpaper:0806
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