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American Protestant Mission Agencies Profiles, 1951-2016 v2.1




Bok, J. (2023, April 20). American Protestant Mission Agencies Profiles, 1951-2016 v2.1.


The Mission Handbook is a catalog of North American Protestant mission agencies that maintain international ministries and has been published in 22 editions from 1953 to 2017 (Dayton 1976; Missionary Research Library 1953, 1956, 1958, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1966; Missionary Research Library and Missions Advanced Research and Communication Center 1968, 1970; Missions Advanced Research and Communication Center 1973; Newell 2017; Roberts and Siewert 1989; Siewert 1995; Siewert and Kenyon 1993; Siewert and Valdez 1997; Siewert and Welliver 2000; Weber 2010; Weber and Welliver 2007; Welliver and Northcutt 2004; Wilson 1979; Wilson and Siewert 1986). Variables were constructed from key data across these editions. Three separate datasets were constructed with these variables. The first, 'American Protestant Mission Agencies Profiles, 1951-2016 v2.1' (this one), covers all 22 editions, prioritizing those data that were the most consistent across all 22 editions. The second, 'American Protestant Mission Agencies Profiles, 2016 v2.1', only focuses on data from the most recent 22nd edition, and includes additional variables. The third, 'American Protestant Mission Agencies Countries, 1951-2016 v2.1', covers all the countries in which mission agencies declared ministries, from the first to the last edition when an agency mentioned a country in which it operated.

As of March 2023, the 'American Protestant Mission Agencies Profiles, 1951-2016 v2.1 dataset has been updated to correct for erroneous entries of several mission agencies. These changes include correcting for the assignment of unique ID numbers for three organizations already present in previous editions, the removal of two agencies that should not have been previously included, the changing of four ID numbers to fill in gaps in the list of IDs due to the deletions and edits (for the purpose of continuity), and the changing of ID numbers for two unique agencies that shared IDs with previous edition entries that were found to be different agencies than these previous editions. These were edited accordingly and any merging of datasets by the user should be kept within the same version number. These changes are more explicitly summarized in the file's codebook.

Data File

Cases: 11929
Variables: 71
Weight Variable: None

Data Collection

1st to 21st editions: May 2014 - June 2016; 22nd edition: August 2018 - December 2019

Original Survey (Instrument)

American Protestant Mission Agencies Profiles 2.1 Codebook

Funded By

Dean's Research Grant, Goizueta Business School, Emory University ($4500)
Jack Shand Research Grant, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion ($1532)

Collection Procedures

The majority of the data collection, conversion, cleaning, and organization for the first 21 editions took place from 2014 to 2016 and was partially funded by the Dean's Research Grant from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University ($4500). Additional data collection took place in 2018 while the rest of the data collection, conversion, cleaning, and organization for the most recent 22nd edition took place in 2019, funded by the Jack Shand Research Grant from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion ($1532). Additional data cleaning took place from 2017-2021 without funding. This entire process was made possible with the assistance of the following: Shaoyue An, Julia Atkinson, Jonathan Hussung, Brittany Stack, DeVonnae' Woodson-Heard, and Max Zhong.

Principal Investigators

Jared Bok

Related Publications

Earlier versions of the datasets were used for the following articles:

Bok, Jared. 2022. 'The Effect of Social Capital on Organizational Repertoires of Transnational Mission Activism.' Social Compass 69(1):22-40.

Bok, Jared. 2021. 'The Changing Face of Organized Protestant Transnationalism: Mission Agency Trends from 1951 to 2018.' International Bulletin of Missions Research 45(3):225-235.

Bok, Jared. 2020. 'Diversity within Protestant Transnationalism: Differences in the Scope and Reach of Pentecostal/Charismatic and Evangelical Missions.' Review of Religious Research 62(4):603-625.

Bok, Jared. 2020. 'Distinction through Religious Activism: How Capital Shapes the Organizational Repertoires of Transnational Protestant Outreach.' Sociology of Religion 81(3):294-318.

Bok, Jared. 2019. 'Inner-Worldly and Other-Worldly Outreach: Organizational Repertoires of Protestant Mission Agencies.' Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion.

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