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What Makes a Social Service Program Faith-Based

Congregations, Communities and Leadership Development Project directors, Ronald J. Sider and Heidi Rolland Unruh, have developed criteria to distinguish between full-fledged faith-based social service programs/projects and groups that receive limited... read more >

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What Faith-Based Programs Mean to Providers

Church-based social service programs often look like secular programs, but they may be shaped by significant differences in what the effort means to staff and volunteers. For some providers, religious... read more >

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Five Ways to Incorporate Religion in Social Service Ministry

Research on how churches engage in faith-based social service ministry has uncovered five ways religious groups inject a spiritual dimension in their community work. The Congregations, Communities and Leadership Development... read more >

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Putting the Faith in Faith-Based Social Service

In social service programs, faith communities convey a religious character or message in two basic ways - environmental and active. Environmental elements are passive, institutional indicators of the religious nature... read more >

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How Churches Reach Out to their Communities

Research indicates there are five basic ways churches integrate sharing of faith and meeting social needs. Some congregations focus all of their efforts on meeting needs; some run parallel but... read more >

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Congregations, Communities and Leadership Development

Case studies of 15 socially active Protestant congregations in the greater Philadelphia area yielded information on 2,044 church members who were involved in 172 local outreach ministries. This report presents... read more >

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Church Women and Civic Involvement

There is a significant correlation between religious involvement and civic engagement. This set of regression analysis tables demonstrates a modest congregational effect on individual civic engagement. Membership in a mainline... read more >

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Who is Involved in Advocacy and Outreach

In this technical paper, worshippers are categorized as advocates, almsgivers, activists, or abstainers, and these groups are subjected to a series of statistical analysis. The resulting charts, graphs and tables... read more >

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Friendship Patterns among Worshippers

Discover who your congregational worshippers are friends with within their congregations, within other faith communities, and beyond faith circles in this report by Deborah Bruce of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)... read more >

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How Worshippers Engage the Wider Community

Participation in a community of faith frequently leads to engagement with the wider community. Which worshippers engage, how they engage, and their objectives are summarized by Deborah Bruce from insights... read more >

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Tips on Thriving with Musical Staff

One thing is certain: church music ministry is a minefield these days. We are a visible presence, and it seems that...

Significance of Storytelling

“We Survive by Telling Stories” by Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros Generational storytelling is a history book. It...

New Organ Can Mimic the Sound of an Ojibwe Flute

Early in the project, church leaders asked the Casavant sound engineers to build a set of pipes that could mimic the...

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