The Role of Social Capital Theory in the Development of Effective Religious Volunteerism

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This study considers the impact of church involvement on social capital (SC) levels, and the impact of these levels on church volunteerism. SC theory suggests that relationships are established with a purpose in mind and that the aim of the individual is to use these relationships in a beneficial way. This theory drives the research hypotheses and findings of the study. It is hypothesized that church involvement has a positive correlation with higher levels of SC, and that SC has a positive correlation with volunteerism. SC, therefore, is seen as a mediating variable linking increased church involvement with increased volunteerism.

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Wicks, D. A., & Freeburg, D. (2012). The Role of social capital theory in the development of effective religious volunteerism. In Proceedings of the Annual Conference of CAIS/Actes du congrès annuel de l'ACSI.