Religious organisations have complicated and highly diverse structures but what sets them apart is not these features but that they, and all their members, are subject to the external authority of a deity. This provides the grounds for conceiving of them as a distinct ‘faith sector’
rather than a subsector of the voluntary sector, to which they are commonly assigned. The benefit of this approach is that faith-based organisations are then essentially hybrid, being linked to the faith sector but also sharing, to a greater or lesser degree, characteristics of the other sectors:
voluntary, public and private. This highlights the need for research and debate on the practical activities of faith-based organisations and the trajectories they follow across intersectoral spaces.
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