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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 Project at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary described those five methods as passive, invitational, relational, integrated-optional, and integrated-mandatory. See this brief introduction to these ministry elements, with a helpful comparison chart, in an article at The Hartford SeminaryHow Do Faith-Based Social Services Incorporate a Religious Dimension? From the Congregations, Communities and Leadership Development Project Directed by Ronald J. Sider and Heidi Rolland Unruh.




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