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ERIC Number: EJ799468
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0034-4087
Congregational Service-Learning Characteristics and Volunteer Faith Development
Myers, Dennis R.; Wolfer, Terry A.; Garland, Diana R.
Religious Education, v103 n3 p369-386 May 2008
A research study surveyed 946 volunteers from congregations who were actively involved in community service, as well as 3,959 other congregational attenders who were not involved in volunteer service, to understand the relationship between service learning and faith development. Findings show that service-learning is powerfully related to a mature faith and to other faith practices such as prayer, Bible study, and worship. Authors explore the characteristics of service-learning that strengthen its contribution to the faith life of volunteers. These findings have important implications for how religious educators and community leaders structure service-learning experiences. The authors conclude that leaders who want to nurture the life of faith need to consider service-learning to be at the core rather than elective in congregational life. (Contains 1 table and 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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