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Jon Bialecki

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520294202

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520294202.001.0001

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Institutions and God’s Agents

Institutions and God’s Agents

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(p.48) 2. Institutions and God’s Agents
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Diagram for Fire
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Jon Bialecki

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520294202.003.0003

This chapter starts by questioning any account that would see the Vineyards mere epiphenomenon. It then asks whether, despite its constituent heterogeneity, the Vineyard is held together by either the governing structure of institutions, by an ethic of responsibility, by church growth and management techniques, or by a shared aesthetic. This chapter shows that these forces, sensibilities, and techniques do have effects; in particular the Vineyard is shaped by it being in effect a ‘trust’ for an absent owner (a structure similar to that found in publicly held corporations). However, neither this force, not any other discussed in this chapter, have either the flexibility or the capacity to scale necessary to account for the Vineyard.

Keywords:   Church governance, Denominational structure, Church Growth movement, Contemporary American religious aesthetics

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