Best Practices in Catholic Church Ministry Performance Management  Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010.

Best Practices of Catholic Pastoral and Finance Councils, Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor Press, 2010

Best Practices in Parish Stewardship. Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor Press, 2008.

Listening to the People of God: Closing, Rebuilding, and Revitalizing Parishes. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2008.

Why Catholics Don’t Give…And What Can Be Done About It. Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor Press, Updated, 2006

The Parish Management Handbook: A Practical Guide for Pastors, Administrators and Other Parish Leaders, Mystic, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 2003.

Lay Ministers and Their Spiritual Practices, Huntington, IN: Our Sunday VIsitor Press, 2003

Why Catholics Don't Give...And What Can Be Done About It, Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor Press, 2000.


"Why They Left: Exit Interviews Shed Light on Empty Pews", America, April 30, 2012 htt://

"Determinants of the Allocation of Volunteer Time: Church-related Versus Other Non-market Activities", Atlanta Economic Jounrla, Vol. 36 (2008) pp. 455-67.

"Internal Financial Controls in the U.S. Catholic Church", Journal of Forensic Accounting, Vol. 9 No. 1 (June 2008), pp. 129-55.

"The Professional Development Needs of Pastors and Parish Busienss Maanagers", Church, Vol. 23 No. 2 (Summer 2007), pp. 1-6.

"Options for Restructuring U.S. Cahtolic Parishes", Church, Vol. 20 No. 3 (Fall 2004), pp. 50-51.

"The Agency Relationship In Churches: An Empirical Analysis”, American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Forthcoming. Options for Restructuring U.S. Catholic Parishes”, Church, Vol. 20 No. 3 (Fall 2004), pp. 50-51 (co-author Mary L. Gautier).

"Catholic Parish Organizational Structure and Parish Outcomes”, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Vol. 43 No. 1 (March, 2004), pp. 141-50 (co-author Mary L. Gautier).

"Understanding Denominational Structures: Churches as Franchise Organizations”, International Journal of the Economics of Business, Vol. 10, No. 3 (November 2003), pp. 323-335.

"Choices of Organizational Structures in Religious Organizations: A Game-Theoretic Approach”, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Vol. 47, No. 1 (January 2002), pp. 55-70(Co-author Wen Mao).

"The Impact of Stewardship Programs on Religious Giving: An Empirical Analysis of Catholic Parishes”, Journal of Ministry Marketing and Management, Vol. 7 No. 1 (2001), pp. 43-60 (Co-authors Robert Miller and Robert Parfet).

"The Problem of the 'Second Collection'", America, November 15, 2001, pp. 8-11.

"An Agency Analysis of Church-Pastor Relations”, Managerial and Decision Economics, Vol. 22 (September 2001) pp. 327-332.

"The Effect of Life Cycle and Parishioner Perceptions on Average Household Giving in Catholic Parishes”, Review of Religious Research, Vol. 42 No.3 (March 2001), pp. 313-331. (Co-authors Robert Miller and Robert Parfet).

"Generational Differences in the Determinants of Religious Giving", Review of Religious Research, Vol. 41 No.4 (June 2000), pp.545-59.

Book Chapters

“Best Practices in Parish Internal Financial Controls” in Paul A. Holmes (ed.), A Pastor’s Toolbox: Management Skills for Parish Leadership. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2014, pp. 73-83.

"Church Governance in Light of the Sex Abuse Scandal: The Need for Financial Accountability, Transparency and Sound Internal Financial Controls" in Thomas G. PLante and Kathleen McChesney (eds.), Sexual Abuse int he Catholic Church: A Decade of Crisis, 2002-2012, Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2011, pp. 131-41.

"Public Religion and Higher Education: The Role of the Faculty in Maintaining the Catholic Identity of Catholic Schools and Universities”, in Edith L. Blumhofer (ed.), Religion, Education, and the American Experience: Reflections on Religion and American Public Life, University of Alabama Press, 2002, pp. 128-51.

Other Publications

"The Effective Design of Church Websites: Extending the Consumer Evaluation of Websites to the Non-Profit Sector", Information Systems Management, Vol. 30, Issue 2 (2013(Co-Authors William Wagner and Robert West) pp. 92-99.

“The Role of Performance Metrics and Analytics in Churches”, The Ledger, Vol. 32 No. 3 Fall 2013, pp. 42-43.

"The Problem of the 'Second Collection'", America, November 15, 2001, pp. 8-11.

The Faculty and Catholic Institutional Identity”, America, May 22, 1999, pp. 11-15.

"Review of What Does the Lord Require? How Americans Think About Economic Justice”, Review of Religious Research, Vol. 39 No. 3 (March 1998), pp. 274-76.

"Lagging Stewards", America, Vol. 175, No. 6 (September 14, 1996), pp.9-14. (Co-author Patrick McNamara).

"Who Gives to the Church and Why?", The Christian Century, Vol. 113, No. 35 (December 4, 1996), pp. 1194-1199 (Co-authors Dean R. Hoge, Patrick H. McNamara, and Michael J. Donahue).

"Lagging Stewards, Part Two: Catholics as Church Volunteers", America, February 8, 1997, pp. 21-25. (Co-authors Dean R. Hoge and Patrick McNamara).

For More Information

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