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How Congregations do Social Service

In this chapter from the 2004 book, Congregations in America, Mark Chaves argues that churches typically engage in social services in a peripheral way. Most try to meet individual emergency needs with minimal involvement. Those churches that are deeply involved often collaborate with other religious organizations and secular groups.  These highly involved churches are more dependent upon secular agencies rather than creating alternatives to them. Contemporary congregations are as socially involved as congregations were at the beginning of the 20th century.  Likewise, collaborating with government does not appear to dampen church political and advocacy activities. Read the full development of these themes in the PDF chapter. 

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Children's Faith, Doubt and Silence

During a three-year longitudinal study launched by the Fuller Youth Institute, a parent with three post–high school...

Sermons For Those Struggling with Depression

On Sunday, before worshippers at Washington's National Cathedral, Michael Gerson, Washington Post columnist, delivered...

Lilly Endowment Launchs the Seventh Phase of its Giving Indiana Funds

"Last fall, Lilly Endowment launched the seventh phase of its Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow initiative (GIFT VII),...

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