A Culture of Faith: Evangelical Congregations in Canada

A Culture of Faith: Evangelical Congregations in Canada


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Many religious scholars have noted a decline in institutional forms of religion in Canada. With fewer Canadians regularly attending church or following denominational proscriptions, is institutionalized religion becoming a thing of the past? In A Culture of Faith, Sam Reimer and Michael Wilkinson argue that evangelical Protestants continue to show strong allegiance to their congregations. Through a national study, including interviews with over five hundred pastors and an analysis of financial resources, the authors argue that evangelical Protestant congregations demonstrate greater resiliency within a broader context of declining religiosity. According to their findings, weekly church attendance among evangelicals is substantially higher than the national average, church attendees say they get significant enjoyment from their religious groups, youth participation is high, and evangelicals are more likely to volunteer. While there may be signs of decline on the horizon, Canadian evangelical congregations seem to remain vital at a time when most other Christian traditions are waning. A clearly presented study of evangelical beliefs, organizations, leaders, and finances, A Culture of Faith reveals the current strength of evangelical Protestantism and its implications for the future of religion in Canada.

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ISBN-13: 9780773545045
Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date: 04/17/2015
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Sam Reimer is professor of sociology at Crandall University and author of Evangelicals and the Continental Divide: The Conservative Protestant Subculture in Canada and the United States. Michael Wilkinson, professor of sociology and director of the Reli

Table of Contents

Tables and Figures vii

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 3

1 Evangelicalism in Canada 15

2 On Cultures and Subcultures 37

3 The Demographics of Evangelical Congregations 67

4 Priorities and Purposes 90

5 Programs and Identity 111

6 Leadership and Pastoral Weil-Being 134

7 Youth and Children 158

8 Financing Evangelical Congregations 182

Conclusion 202

Appendix 211

Notes 243

References 261

Index 281

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