Congregational Aid: North American Protestant Engagement in International Relief and Development

Journal of Development Studies, DOI:10.1080/00220388.2015.1121239

22 Pages Posted: 8 May 2016

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Monty Lynn

Abilene Christian University

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

A review of large North American Protestant congregations (n = 423) engaging in global relief and development, or ‘holistic mission’ (HM), suggests that half engage in HM activities per year, with the majority of those activities focused on human and physical sectors. Most activities are led by religious NGOs or missionaries and about half are short-term. A mix of proximity, poverty, population, and policy variables direct short- and long-term aid. Findings provide a benchmark for enhancing learning and partnerships among churches, NGOs, and development scholars, ultimately enhancing the efficacy of Protestant aid.

Keywords: Protestants, congregations, relief, economic development, poverty

JEL Classification: F35, I31, O19, L31

Suggested Citation

Lynn, Monty, Congregational Aid: North American Protestant Engagement in International Relief and Development (2016). Journal of Development Studies, DOI:10.1080/00220388.2015.1121239, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2768840 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2768840

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