A Longitudinal Case Study of Religious Congregations in Local Human Services

Citation: 
Wineburg, Robert J. “A Longitudinal Case Study of Religious Congregations in Local Human Services.” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 23(2):159-169. Summer 1994.
Abstract: 

In light of the religious community’s more active role in local service provision following the Reagan-Bush era, and concerned about the lack of scholarship pertaining to the religious community as human service providers, Robert Wineburg explores the meaning of that involvement and reports on the implications of his own research in Greensboro, North Carolina. He discusses congregational activities in the context of social theory, adopting the model of congregations as open systems to interpret their public mission orientation and applying his theory to the six mainline congregations of Greensboro’s Church and Community Forum. Wineburg’s study reveals that congregations involved as service providers are concerned about local policy changes related to service matters, they are sowing the seeds for increased moral influence on local welfare concerns, and they are understanding better their role as local power brokers.

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