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'To Whom Much Has Been Given...' Religious Capital and Community Voluntarism Among Churchgoing Protestants


Jerry Z. Park


Baylor University

September 1, 2000


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Research on volunteering behavior has consistently found a positive relationship between religion and volunteering. Using a sample of churchgoing Protestants (N=1,738) from the Religious Identity and Influence Survey we examine the specific influences of religiosity, religious identity, religious socialization, and religious social networks on local volunteer activity in church programs and non-church organizations, as well as general volunteering tendencies. These influences are presented within the theoretical framework of religious capital. Logistic regression techniques were applied to determine the strength of the contribution of these influences by all measures to some degree, but religiosity (specifically participation in church activities) remains the strongest influence. Significant religious influences overall are most pronounced with the context of church-related volunteering which suggests that churchgoing Protestant exhibit a strong sense of community identity through their local churches. A discussion of these results and their implications for volunteering follows.

Keywords: volunteering, religion

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Date posted: April 13, 2011  

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Park, Jerry Z., 'To Whom Much Has Been Given...' Religious Capital and Community Voluntarism Among Churchgoing Protestants (September 1, 2000). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1807957

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Baylor University ( email )
One Bear Place #97326
Waco, TX 76798
United States
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