Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Saving Souls, Serving SocietyUnderstanding the Faith Factor in Church-Based Social Ministry$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Heidi Rolland Unruh and Ronald J. Sider

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195161557

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195161556.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 24 May 2019

Introduction

Introduction

Church-Based Social Ministry in Context

Chapter:
(p.3) 1 Introduction
Source:
Saving Souls, Serving Society
Author(s):

Heidi Rolland Unruh

Ronald J. Sider (Contributor Webpage)

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195161556.003.0001

Religious entities play a vital though limited role in our social safety net. The majority of congregations engage in community-serving activities, though their commitments tend to be shallow. Four currents in the broader political and social setting have particular implications for understanding faith-based social services: devolution, faith-based initiatives, changing norms for religion in public life, and ambivalence toward evangelism. Shifting patterns in church-state relations have generated both opportunities and uncertainties. This dynamic context invites a fresh conceptual framework for interpreting churches' public engagement. In particular, new language is needed to describe the “faith factor” that has meaning outside of the religious community, but does not reduce faith to a product of other social variables

Keywords:   churches, faith-based social services, devolution, faith-based initiatives, religion in public life, evangelism, faith, church-state relations, community outreach

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .