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Brasher, Brenda
1992 "Calvary Chapel: Understanding the Mega-church Phenomenon." Unpublished paper, presented at the annual meetings of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Washington, D.C..

Carnes, Ann
1995 "Neighbors Pray for Containment." Atlanta Business Chronicle. (September, 22): A3.

Chandler, Russell
1989 "Customer Poll Shapes a Church." Los Angeles Times. (December, 11):a1-a28.

Dart, John
1991 "Themes of Bigness, Success Attract Independent Churches. Los Angeles Times. (July, 20): F14.

DiMaggio, Paul J. And Walter W. Powell
1991 "The Iron Cage Revisited: Institutional Isomorphism and Collective Rationality in Organization Fields." In Walter W. Powell and Paul J. DiMaggio, eds. The New Institutionalism in Organizational Analysis. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Eiesland, Nancy L.
1995 A Particular Place: Exurbanization and Religious Response in a Southern Town. (PhD dissertation) Emory University.

Eiesland, Nancy L.
1994 "Contending with a Giant: The Case of a Mega-church in Exurbia." Unpublished paper prepared for the Congregations in Changing Communities Project, Institute for the Study of Economic Culture, Boston University.

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Elder, Lee
1990 "Allegations Continue to Hound Fundamentalist Hyles." Christianity Today. (September, 24): 45-46.

Gilbreath, Edward
1994 "The Birth of a Megachurch." Christianity Today. (July, 18): 23.

Goldberger, Paul
1995 "The Gospel of Church Architecture, Revised." The New York Times. (April, 20): B1, B4.

Greeley, Andrew M.
1989 Religious Change in America. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Gregory, Joel
1994 To Great A Temptation. The Summit Group.

Hadaway, C. Kirk
1993 "Church Growth in North America: The Character of a Religious Marketplace." in David A. Roozen and C. Kirk Hadaway, eds. Church & Denominational Growth. Nashville: Abingdon Press.

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Hadaway, C. Kirk and Roozen, David A.
1993 "The Growth and Decline of Congregations." in David A. Roozen and C. Kirk Hadaway, eds. Church & Denominational Growth. Nashville: Abingdon Press.

Hammond, Phillip E.
1988 "Religion and the Persistence of Identity." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.27(1):1-11.

Iannaccone, Laurence R.
1992 "Sacrifice and Stigma: Reducing Free-riding in Cults, Communes, and other Collectives. Journal of Political Economy. 100:271-291.

Miller, Donald E.
1997 Reinventing American Protestantism: Christianity in the New Millennium. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Miller, Donald E.
1993 "Postmodern Characteristics of Three Rapidly Growing Christian Movements: Calvary Chapel, Vineyard Christian Fellowship, and Hope Chapel." Unpublished paper, presented at the annual meetings of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Raleigh, NC.

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Naisbitt, John
1984 Megatrends: Ten New Directions. New York: Warner Books.

Neff, David
1990 "Home of the Whopper." Christianity Today. (March, 5): 23.

Niebuhr, Gustav
1995a "Where Shopping-Mall Culture Gets a Big Dose of Religion." The New York Times. (April 16):1,12.

Niebuhr, Gustav
1995b "Religion Goes to Market to Expand Congregations." The New York Times. (April 18):1,10.

Olson, Richard
1988 "The Largest Congregations in the United States: An Empirical Study of Church Growth and Decline." (PhD dissertation) Northwestern University.

Ostling, Richard N.
1991 "Superchurches and How They Grew." Time (August 5): 62-63.

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Parrott, Les and Dale Robin Perrin
1991 "The New Denominations" Christianity Today 34 (March 11):29-33.

Perrin, Dale Robin
1989 "Signs and Wonders: The Growth of the Vineyard Christian Fellowship." (PhD. dissertation) Washington State University.

Ramsey, Vikki L.
1992 "Amazing Growth in Numbers." Atlanta Journal and Constitution. (May 2): E6.

Robinson, Anthony B.
1991 "Learning from Willow Creek." The Christian Century. (January 23): 68-70.

Roof, Wade Clark
1993 A Generation of Seekers: The Spiritual Journeys of the Baby Boom Generation. San Francisco: Harper San Francisco.

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Roof, Wade Clark and William McKinney
1987 American Mainline Religion. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.

Sammonds, Mary Beth
1994 "Full-service Church." Chicago Tribune: Tempo Northwest. (April, 3):1, 16.

Schaller, Lyle E.
1992 The Seven-Day-A-Week Church. Nashville: Abingdon.

Schaller, Lyle E.
1990 "Megachurch!" Christianity Today. (March 5):20-24.

Stevenson, A. Russell
1993 "Mega-Churches Prove That Theology Matters." The Presbyterian Layman. (September/October): 6,8.

Stonebraker, Robert J.
1993 "Optimal Church Size: The Bigger the Better." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 32 (3):231-241.

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Thumma, Scott L.
1996a The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory: The Megachurch in Modern American Society. (PhD dissertation) Emory University.

Thumma, Scott L.
1996b "Megachurches of Atlanta." Religions of Atlanta. Gary Laderman, ed. Atlanta: Scholars Press.

Thumma, Scott L.
1993a "Sketching a Mega-Trend: The Phenomenal Proliferation of Very Large Churches in the United States." Unpublished paper, presented at the annual meetings of the Association for the Sociology of Religion, Miami, FL.

Thumma, Scott L.
1993b "List of the Megachurches in the United States." Continually updated list with links to churches' web sites can be found at http://www.hartsem.edu.

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Vaughan, John N.
1993, Megachurches & America's Cities: How Churches Grow, Grand Rapids: Baker Books.

Wimber, John
1982 "Zip to 3,000 in 5 Years." Christian Life. (October): 19-23.

Winston, Kimberly
1996 "That Old-time Religion No Longer." Tri-Valley Herald. (April, 7): A1,A10.

Wuthnow, Robert
1994 Sharing the Journey: Support Groups and American's New Quest for Community. New York: Free Press.

Wuthnow, Robert
1988 The Restructuring of American Religion: Society and Faith since World War II. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Zook, Thomas
1993 "An Examination of Leadership Practices in Large, Protestant Congregations." (PhD dissertation) Ann Arbor, Michigan: University Microfilms.

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