The Essential Handbook of Denominations and Ministries

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Your guide to more than 200 denominations and 300 ministries in the United States

Within the body of Christ there is unity of purpose, yet great diversity. We serve one Savior but in a myriad of different ministry contexts. So what are the origins of contemporary denominations and ministries? What makes them unique? And whom do they serve?

The Essential Handbook of Denominations and Ministries is your easy-to-use guide to more than two hundred of the largest denominations and three hundred ministries in the United States. The entry for each organization includes a brief history, a contemporary profile, and discussion on doctrinal emphases, creeds, membership, and interdenominational and ecumenical alliances.

Pastors, ministry leaders, community leaders, and students will find this resource a helpful guide as they seek to understand and interact with Christian denominations and ministries across the country.


George Thomas Kurian (1931-2015) was president of the Encyclopedia Society and the editor of sixty books, including twenty-seven encyclopedias. He was coeditor of Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States, World Christian Encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, and Dictionary of Christianity.

Sarah Claudine Day is the managing editor of the Encyclopedia Society and has worked on a number of multivolume works, including, most recently, The Encyclopedia of Christian Literature, The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, and The Encyclopedia of Political Science.


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  1. George Thomas Kurian

    George Thomas Kurian

    George Thomas Kurian (1931-2015) was president of the Encyclopedia Society and the editor of sixty books, including twenty-seven encyclopedias. He was coeditor of the World Christian Encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilizations, the...

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  2. Sarah Claudine Day

    Sarah Claudine Day

    Sarah Claudine Day is the managing editor of the Encyclopedia Society and has worked on a number of multivolume works, including, most recently, Encyclopedia of Christian Literature, Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, and the...

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